Smoking is clearly connected to developing vascular (heart and blood vessel) disease. When you smoke, the combustion products of tobacco are absorbed into the bloodstream. These chemicals stimulate the release of other chemicals, which injure the blood vessels and encourage thickening and hardening of the arteries. Smoking also causes your blood vessels to constrict or clamp down, limiting the amount of blood that can circulate. Smoking even as few as two cigarettes a day can constrict the blood vessels all day long.
Smoking and diabetes are a deadly combination for the vascular system. If you have diabetes and smoke you are greatly increasing the risk of amputation!!!!
Fortunately, there are many new medications and good programs to help people quit smoking. So if you are ready to quit, like the Nike ad says ‘Just do it”!.