What does smoke do to your body?
Did you know?
Smokers are between 2 and 6 times more likely to suffer from heart disease than non-smokers.
Carbon monoxide (the smoke from cigarettes) combines easily with your red blood cells forming carboxyhaemoglobin (!!!). It means that there’s less oxygen in your blood!
The poisonous smoke enters your lungs and binds to the haemoglobin present in the red blood cells. This causes your heart to work harder and increases blood pressure.
A rise in blood pressure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. The reduced flow of oxygen in the blood to the heart causes chest pain such as angina, and in severe cases this can lead to heart attacks.