3) Smoking damages your heart and lungs
Smoking significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular diseases. It also causes narrowing of the arteries which can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Smoking also increases the risk of developing COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a serious lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Additionally, smoking is associated with increased risk of pneumonia, lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Quitting smoking is the best way to protect your heart and lungs.
4) Smokers are more likely to develop COPD than non-smokers
COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive and potentially fatal lung disease caused by smoking. It affects the airways, making breathing difficult and reducing oxygen levels in the body. Smoking increases the risk of developing COPD, and it can also make symptoms worse. Quitting smoking can help reduce your risk of developing COPD.