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How does smoking affect my bones?
Recent studies show a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. Smoking is one of
many factors—including weight, alcohol consumption, and activity level—that increase your risk for
osteoporosis, a condition in which bones weaken and become more likely to fracture.

Significant bone loss has been found in older women and men who smoke. Quitting smoking appears to reduce
the risk for low bone mass and fractures. However, it may take several years to lower a former smoker’s risk.

In addition, smoking from an early age puts women at even higher risk for osteoporosis. Smoking lowers the
level of the hormone estrogen in your body, which can cause you to go through menopause earlier, boosting your
risk for osteoporosis.

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How does smoking affect my heart and blood vessels?
The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and damage the function of your heart. This damage
increases your risk for:

Atherosclerosis, a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in your arteries
Aneurysms, which are bulging blood vessels that can burst and cause death
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes:
Coronary heart disease (CHD), narrow or blocked arteries around the heart
Heart attack and damage to your arteries
Heart-related chest pain
High blood pressure
Coronary Heart disease, where platelets—components in the blood—stick together along with proteins for form
clots which can then get stuck in the plaque in the walls of arteries and cause heart attacks
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the
head, organs, and limbs
Stroke, which is sudden death of brain cells caused by blood clots or bleeding
Breathing tobacco smoke can even change your blood chemistry and damage your blood vessels. As you inhale
smoke, cells that line your body’s blood vessels react to its chemicals. Your heart rate and blood pressure go up
and your blood vessels thicken and narrow.

How does smoking affect my lungs and breathing?
Every cigarette you smoke damages your breathing and scars your lungs. Smoking causes:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that gets worse over time and causes wheezing,
shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms
Emphysema, a condition in which the walls between the air sacs in your lungs lose their ability to stretch and
shrink back. Your lung tissue is destroyed, making it difficult or impossible to breathe.
Chronic bronchitis, which causes swelling of the lining of your bronchial tubes. When this happens, less air flows
to and from your lungs.
People with asthma can suffer severe attacks when around cigarette smoke.

Can smoking affect my vision?
Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk
of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to

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