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Smoking causes all sorts of damage inside the body. For instance, your heart and blood vessels pay the price due of this bad habit. Toxic chemicals that come from cigarette smoke constrict and harden blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and hamper the flow of oxygen. Blood pressure increases and the heart must work harder.
It is well-known that smoking ranks at the top of the list of causes for cardiovascular disease and stroke in Canada. Here are a few statistics of interest:
Good news! Starting now, you can improve your cardiovascular health and your life expectancy by choosing to quit smoking for good. In fact:
In order for your approach to be a success, make sure to have all of the necessary tools from the start. Pharmacists can provide information and advice at each step of the process. They can also help you by:
For additional information on the subject, read the following text: Your pharmacist’s role in smoking cessation.
Don’t try to quit smoking without the use of a smoking-cessation aid. Products available without a doctor's prescription significantly increase your chances of success, as they reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Your pharmacist can provide information to determine if these products are covered by your insurance and if they can be prescribed to you.
We wish you continued success and good health!
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