Smokers have a two- to four-fold increased risk of stroke when compared with non-smokers. This is because the chemicals in cigarettes:
- Raise your blood pressure – a major risk factor for stroke.
- Damage the lining of your arteries and weaken artery walls.
- Reduce the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry.
- Make your blood thicker and more likely to clot.
- Constrict blood vessels throughout the body, slowing blood flow.
- Reduce the level of good cholesterol in your body.
Thinking about quitting?
The best thing you can do for your health and the health of your family is to stop smoking. It is hard work, but help is available. If you are thinking about quitting, are working to become a non-smoker, or have relapsed – you will find support information at www.quit.org.nz or by calling 0800 778 788.
The Stroke Foundation advocates for a tobacco-free New Zealand and is a member of the Smokefree Coalition, an alliance of over 50 different organisations committed to making New Zealand essentially smokefree by 2025 (smoking prevalence to be less than five per cent). To achieve this vision we support activities to:
- Ban tobacco retail displays
- Replace brand imagery with plain packaging and graphic warnings
- Ensure all locations where young people are present are smokefree
- Empower parents and caregivers to be smokefree to protect their children from becoming smokers.
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