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Clearing the Air: How Smoking Is Linked High Blood Pressure

Smoking is a proven risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

  • Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke increase the risk for the buildup of plaque inside the arteries (atherosclerosis).

    • Plaque may partially or totally block blood flow through large- or medium-sized arteries in the heart, brain, pelvis, legs, arms or kidneys.


Every puff costs you

  • Every time you smoke, it causes a temporary increase in blood pressure.

  • Continued use will keep your blood pressure higher.



  • Find a good Support group to help you quit.

  • Find healthier outlets to handle your stress.

  • Stick with it!!  You are only human and trying your best!

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