How Bad Is Smoking for My Health?

The short answer? Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death.

But whether you’ve been smoking for a while or just started, you can reap the health benefits of quitting. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale wants to share some insight into the dangers of smoking and how to quit.

How Harmful Is Smoking?

When you think of smoking, you may think of breathing issues and lung cancer. But those aren’t the only potential health effects of smoking.

Smoking increases your risk of developing nearly every major health issue, including those affecting the heart, eyes and brain.

Medical Conditions Smoking Causes

  • Lung cancer
  • COPD
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cataracts
  • Cancer

What Happens After You Quit Smoking?

It is never too late to quit smoking. The sooner you quit, the sooner you are able to reap the benefits.

In fact, just one hour after quitting smoking, your blood pressure begins to drop. After one day of quitting, you decrease your risk of suffering from a heart attack or developing coronary heart disease.

Ways to Quit Smoking

  • Exercise regularly to promote a healthy mind and body.
  • Chew gum.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Relax.
  • Keep your hands busy with a pen or toothpick.

Are you ready to stop smoking? Visit by AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale today to learn about smoking cessation options!


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

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Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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