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Why Smoking is Bad For Your Heart

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Why Smoking is Bad For Your Heart

It is no secret that smoking is terrible for your health — but did you know it can have a huge impact on your heart health?

Smokers are 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. Each time a person lights up, it damages their lungs and heart because it lowers the amount of oxygen feeding vital organs, according to the American Diabetes Association. This results in raising your bad cholesterol and blood pressure and increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. One of the best ways to lower your risk for heart disease and certain types of diabetes is to stop smoking, or simply never start. More resources about smoking cessation are available here.