A single cigarette per day increases the risk of heart disease

Une seule cigarette par jour augmente les risques de maladies cardiaques

Smokers are two to three times more at risk of developing a heart disease than non-smokers.

January 19, 2020 10: 12

Updated at 14h13


A single cigarette per day increases the risk of heart disease

Ugo Giguère

The Canadian Press


MONTREAL — The number of smokers would have officially dropped on the planet for the first time, according to what was announced by the world health Organization in December, an encouraging sign to begin, today, the Week for a Quebec tobacco-free.

According to the quebec Council on tobacco and health, the smoking rate in the province would be stagnant for a few years. After you have reached a plateau of 18 % of smokers, it seems difficult to continue the decay. Yet, according to data released Sunday morning, the followers of the cigarette have any interest in quitting for good as quickly as possible.

According to Dr. Joe Helou, heart surgeon at the centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM), a ex-smoker been clean for a year reduced their risk of heart disease by half. After three years, the risks are reduced by 75 %. And then, if he does not relapse during the 15 years, his risk would be equivalent to that of a person who has never smoked.

Other statistics encouraging, if you give up cigarettes before the age of 40 years reduces her risk of dying from heart disease by 90 %.

In Quebec, there would still be about 1.3 million smokers aged 12 years and older. Among them, 35 people will die each day from a tobacco-related disease. At least 36 coronary heart disease are linked to smoking, then the risk of developing many of the other would be doubled by this bad habit of consumption.

According to Dr. Helou, tobacco would be responsible for 10 % of all cardiovascular diseases treated by his colleagues and himself.

The doctor points out that a cigarette contains 4000 toxins, including tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. Tobacco damages including the cells and blood vessels contribute to the formation of plaques in the arteries.

“Tobacco is directly linked to the formation of plaques, called vulnerable. The surface of the plate will crack, cause an alteration in platelet, and this just block the artery,” describes the cardiac surgeon.

“If the artery, which block is at the level of the heart, a myocardial infarction, an acute coronary syndrome. If it is at the cerebral level, one makes a LCA. If it is at the level of the leg, risk of amputation,” explains Dr. Helou.

In its new advertising campaign, the quebec Council on tobacco and health, recalls, moreover, that the smoking of a single cigarette per day is enough to increase the risk of heart disease.

The example of Patrice Godin

The actor Patrice Godin, that one has recently been able to see in the series “District 31”, “Ruptures” and “Blue Moon”, is also known to racing fans for his performance ultra-marathoner. He has also published three books, including one on his relation to the race.

This passion to connect the stride and rack up the miles is the brainchild of Patrice Godin to stop smoking once and for all. At a certain period of his life, when he became the father of small girls, the actor has developed a phobia of dying from a heart attack related to his bad habit of smoking. This phobia has caused him anxiety attacks and he decided to butt out for good.


Une seule cigarette par jour augmente les risques de maladies cardiaques

The actor Patrice Godin is a follower of ultra-marathons.

Archive The Press, Andre Pichette


“I made it through the race and by a promise to my girls. Opening a pack of cigarettes, I said to my daughter Julia, who was five years old at the time: “I promise you my owl that it is the last.” And I have kept my word”, he confided to the margins of the press conference to launch the Week to a Quebec tobacco-free.

Patrice Godin encourages all smokers to make the gift of quitting smoking. He recognizes that this choice can be difficult, but it ensures that everyone can get there.

“It is necessary to make commitments vis-à-vis oneself and the people around us. It is necessary to find something that will replace smoking, he suggests. I think that replacing cigarettes with an activity that you love, that will make us move, which we will boost, this is quite a winning recipe.”

With its slogan “From the heart, stop”, the quebec Council on tobacco and health sub-means is to stop before your heart stops.

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