This news release points out once again that smoking of any sort is not good for you.
Just yesterday I met a young woman who had a four month old baby. She had just quit smoking one week ago. She deserves lots of congratulations as she is doing extremely well given many of her challenges.
She was rightly worried that her mother continues to smoke, even when caring for the infant. That is rude beyond belief to me.
Second case in point. I saw another woman yesterday who has smoked for many years. Her blood pressure has been slowly creeping up over.
When I saw her just weeks before I told her to take her blood pressure and pulse at home BEFORE she had a cigarette, and then again right after. The results were even more dramatic that I suspected they would be.
Her blood pressure rose by nearly 40%!!!
If you smoke, try this yourself… it will give you that final push to stop smoking for good.
Any Tobacco Use Raises Heart Attack Risk
08.17.06, 12:00 AM ET
THURSDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) — All types of tobacco use or exposure — smoking, chewing, or secondhand smoke — boost a person’s risk for heart attack, Canadian researchers say.
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario analyzed data from more than 27,000 people in 52 countries and factored in other lifestyle traits — such as diet and age — that could affect heart attack risk. They found that any form of tobacco use or exposure was harmful.
Publishing in the Aug. 19 issue of The Lancet, they found that moderate and heavy smokers had a three-fold increased risk of a heart attack and light smokers (8-10 cigarettes a day) had a two-fold risk.
The risk decreased with time after a person stopped smoking, the study said. Among light smokers, there was no excess risk 3 to 5 years after they quit smoking. Moderate and heavy smokers still had an excess risk of about 22 percent even 20 years after they kicked the habit.
The researchers also concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke increased the risk of heart attack in both former smokers and nonsmokers.
People with the highest levels of secondhand smoke exposure (22 hours or more per week) have about a 45 percent increased risk of heart attack, the study said.
Chewing tobacco doubled the risk of heart attack, the researchers found.
You’ll find more information about smoking and quitting at the OlderWiserWomen Smoking Cessation page.