Does Smoking Cause High Blood Pressure?

Does smoking cause high blood pressure?I don’t think anyone would deny that habitually smoking tobacco helps to raise your blood pressure. There have been many studies done that show how nicotine and other chemicals can cause arteries to constrict. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know that constricted arteries means it’s harder for the blood to get through. The heart has to work harder and the blood pressure increases.

Yet how many of us may know people in their seventies and eighties still puffing away as they have for decades. Smoking clearly isn’t an inescapable early death sentence.

But statistically you are far more likely to have chronic high blood pressure and die prematurely of heart disease, or stroke, or cancer, or any number of fatal ailments if you are a smoker than a nonsmoker.

There’s no escaping that fact.

 

Does smoking cause high blood pressure?

But smoking isn’t the main cause of high blood pressure in the modern world. Stress is. Stress from debts, work, family, relationships … stress from living!

And there are a few things more stressful than being a smoker in the twenty first century! Smokers have become the modern social outcasts – the new lepers. That’s stressful.

Now the sensible advice from the non-smoker is simple “just quit”. But what if you love smoking. What if you need that smoke to relax and de-stress? To a person who as never smoked that probably sounds silly. But I think most smokers can relate.

I know because I smoked for more years than I care to count. And I still struggle with it at times. You never know when a cigarette is going to ambush you when your guard is down and demand to be smoked!

Hence I have put together a little book on smoking –

The Preach-Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting

The book serves two purposes:The Preach-Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting

  1. It takes a fun look at the smoking habit and explores the psychology of a smoker  (the first version of this book was writes by a former smoker). And it does it with humor, empathy and cartoons. The book will also help you understand why you smoke. Since smoking is often used as a stress buster, it should help reduce those feelings of shame and guilt we feel for smoking. And it will help reduce your stress related high blood pressure Рwhether you quit or not.
  2. If you are minded to butt out the cigarettes for the last time, this book will significantly up put the odds in your favor for success. It’s all a psychological battle really, as you’ll discover. You’ll learn how and why quitting smoking is no more difficult than jumping over a big puddle. It’s really that easy when you know how.

If you don’t smoke but know someone who does, it could be one of the best nag-free quit smoking help you could offer.

 

UPDATE: The Preach-Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting is now available as a free bonus when you buy my book:
Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

lower your blood pressure naturallyAs the name suggests, the guide contains everything you need to know about how to lower your blood pressure and keep it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

To make this simple and straightforward, the guide is laid out in nine easy-to-follow steps. These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information (you can also download a free sample to check it out):

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide
(with free Preach-Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting)

All the best,

Simon

 

Smoking and high blood pressure

smoking and high blood pressureContrary to rumors, there is no definite established link between smoking and high blood pressure. What I mean by that is that smoking tobacco is not a main causal factor of high blood pressure.

I know of one chain smoker that whose only concern is that their blood pressure is too low.

However, if you suffer from hypertension then smoking tobacco can make it worse without a doubt. Nicotine has the effect of restricting arteries which of course raises the pressure.

So, although smoking alone won’t cause high blood pressure initially, there is a link between smoking and high blood pressure, if you already have it.

The bottom line is this: If you are prone to high blood pressure and you smoke then quitting smoking is definitely a good step to take to get your health back in shape. It will help lower your blood pressure.

 

Smoking and high blood pressure: how to reduce both

But stopping smoking isn’t easy. I should know, I smoked for more years than I care to count – starting at the age of 14. That’s why I put together the Preach Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting.

For those of you who love smoking but find it hard to imagine life without your long-time companion, a cigarette, there for you when you need it, the Preach-Free Guide is for you.

Why Preach-Free? Well let’s put it this way – if knowing that smoking was bad for your long-term health made you stop smoking, there wouldn’t be many smokers left on the planet. Preaching, finger-wagging, warnings of ill health and premature death simply don’t work for the majority of us committed smokers.

Or like my friend used say after watching an anti-smoking message on TV – “Anyone can quit smoking. You gotta be brave to face lung cancer everyday”.

OK, that was only a dark joke – but it shows the degree of mental gymnastics we can accomplish to justify continuation of smoking. Whichever way you look at it, smoking and high blood pressure are not a good combination, but preaching the anti-smoking message simply doesn’t work on committed smokers.

The preach-free guide is a humorous look at the habit. Smokers will enjoy reading the text and comics. When they are ready to stub out for the last time they’ll know how to do it and be successful – as easy as “jumping over a large puddle” as the guide will show.

I’m currently giving away the Preach Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting as a free bonus with my guide to lowering blood pressure naturally.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThe guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide
(with free Preach-Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting)

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.