Despite statistics and warnings, people with hypertension are still not scared to smoke.

Smoking increases your blood pressure and people who smoke are more also likely to develop hypertension and heart disease. It’s like two sides of the same coin. Also, both smoking and high blood pressure damage the arteries. Research has proven time and again that the combination of having hypertension and smoking, quickly and dramatically increases the risks of heart attack, lung disease and stroke.

These are not the only dangers. A new study involving 64,349 participants, making it the largest ever of its kind, has found that women who smoke and have high blood pressure are 20 times more likely to have a brain hemorrhage than non-smoking men with normal blood pressure. The most common cause of a hemorrhage is a ruptured aneurysm, but some aneurysms never rupture and doctors are usually unable to tell in advance which will and which won’t. In 40 to 50 percent of cases, brain hemorrhages are fatal.

Despite all the risks and warnings, the 50th Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health, has issued the following statistics: “smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing more than 1,200 Americans every day. More than 8 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Each day, over 1,000 youth under 18 become daily smokers. Smoking-related diseases cost the U.S. $96 billion a year in direct health care expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity each year, a substantial portion of which come in taxpayer-supported payments.” The Report concludes that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer.

At least some smokers though have woken up to ‘smell the coffee.’ According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) around 1.6 million smokers tried to quit as a result of the CDC’s hard-hitting “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign.

“As a result of the 2012 campaign, more than 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month campaign, of which researchers estimated that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently. These results exceed the campaign’s original goals of 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits,” the CDC said in a press release.

The study, which surveyed thousands of adult smokers and nonsmokers before and after the campaign, found that, by quitting, former smokers added more than a third of a million years of life to the U.S. population!

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