Tobacco and High Blood Pressure
When you think about the damage tobacco does, you worry about your lungs and mouth. But when you combine tobacco and high blood pressure, it can be hurting you in more ways than you know.
There’s a common belief that chewing tobacco isn’t as bad for you as smoking is, but it can also cause serious health problems. Smokeless tobacco increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Some evidence suggests these products may put you at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Chewing tobacco will still get you hooked on nicotine, the same way cigarettes do. Once you’re addicted, it becomes difficult to stop. Just like with smoking, withdrawals cause intense cravings, make you hungrier, and make you more irritable and depressed.
But the stimulants in all forms of tobacco can have this effect on your blood pressure. The best thing you can do for your heart is quit tobacco completely.
The first step to quitting is really wanting to quit. These tips can help you get started:
- Make a list of your reasons for quitting.
- Set a quit date.
- List what might stop you from staying tobacco-free. Do you smoke when you’re stressed, hungry, or when you go out with friends?
- Plan ways to fight it in those moments.
- Ask family, friends, and your doctor for help.
Our members can also use our Quit For Life program for help . This program helps you break tobacco’s mental and physical hold. You’ll get:
- One-on-one coaching from a quit coach
- A quit plan made just for you
- Helpful tools, like Text2Quit
- Web Coach®, an online learning and support community
It’s never too late to quit. For more information, visit QuitNow.net or call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454).