Cardiovascular Disease is the Largest Cause of Death in America.

Many people think of lung cancer as the greatest risk of smoking. In fact, cardiovascular disease (CVD) actually kills more smokers age 35 years and older each year. CVD includes narrow or blocked arteries in and around the heart (coronary heart disease), high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke and heart-related chest pain (angina pectoris).

Smoking is a major cause of CVD, and even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes per day show signs of early-stage cardiovascular disease. The risk increases when more cigarettes per day are smoked and when smoking continues for many years.

Smoking causes many types of CVD, including:

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

To learn more about tobacco’s destructive effects on the cardiovascular system, click here (page 12).