Toll of smoking on heart health
MORE than 2,000 people are dying every year in Scotland from smoking-related heart disease, according to a charity.
Figures released by Ash Scotland reveal that about 1,263 men and 774 women died of cardiovascular problems caused by smoking in 2016.
The deaths that year – the most recent for which data is available – represented more than 13% of all circulatory disease-related deaths in Scotland.
The statistics show the “true toll” of smoking on people’s heart health every day, Ash Scotland said.
The anti-smoking body said the figures actually understate the extent of smokingrelated illness, since they only cover deaths, not smoking-related health problems such as high blood pressure.
Professor David Newby of the British Heart Foundation said: “Everyone knows smoking harms your lungs, but it’s even worse for your heart.
“Most deaths from smoking are caused by heart and circulatory problems, not lung disease or cancer.”