Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 30% of global deaths. Tobacco is one of the major causes of these pathologies.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 17 million people dying from it. One of the major causes is tobacco consumption, which increases the risk of myocardial infarction, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia. Women are more affected than men by the harmful effects of tobacco: 52% against 48%.
A study, carried out by the OpinionWay Institute for the Alliance du Coeur, shows that tobacco has a devastating effect on the heart health of the French, whether for smokers or passive smokers.
Thus, 4 out of 10 smokers have already had a myocardial infarction or a heart attack. 25% of them suffer from high blood pressure, especially between the ages of 50 and 64. 77% of patients have been in long-term illness for about 5 years, more than half report suffering from an illness associated with the effects of smoking, and 14% of smokers have been hospitalized for a tobacco-related heart problem.
More than half of them start to smoke within 19 minutes of waking up, and they smoke up to 93 cigarettes a day, or almost a packet. It is, for XNUMX% of them, nicotine that makes them dependent.
However, 63% of smokers took the step of trying to quit after their doctor diagnosed cardiovascular disease. 91% of them had smoked for more than 10 years.
It is not just smoking that increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A study, conducted by researchers at Georgia State University, Atlanta, shows that cannabis use triples the risk of developing high blood pressure.