Toll of smok­ing on heart health

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

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.”

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