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Carbon monoxide, nicotine and other substances in tobacco smoke can lead to a build-up of plaque and fatty substances in the arteries and trigger symptoms of coronary artery disease. It’s important that they know the health risks to themselves and others. Offer encouragement and help them find resources and cessation programs to assist them in quitting the habit.
Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death, especially as it relates to heart disease.
What complications are smokers most at risk for following surgery?
Why are female smokers at greater risk for heart disease than men?
Where can I find nicotine patches?
Why does smoking increase risk for heart disease?
Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
According to QuitNet.com, smokers face both a physical addiction and a psychological addiction. The physical addiction comes from the way nicotine acts on the brain cells to create a feeling of pleasure and alertness. Unfortunately, your body clears away the nicotine in about 30 minutes, leaving you tired, jittery—and craving another cigarette.
When is the best time to quit smoking before surgery?
What smoking cessation aids exist to help smokers quit?
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