It's no secret that smoking can be detrimental for long-term health, as this habit is the leading cause of lung cancer and has also been shown to restrict blood flow – which increases the risk of high blood pressure and other complications. However, some men and women in Houston may be surprised to find just how harmful a few cigarettes can be for their overall aging longevity.

According to a press release from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), smokers under the age of 50 are five times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke compared to individuals who don't have this habit. Since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, these figures highlight the importance of curbing such destructive habits, and – the authors posited – may spur global legislators to put a greater focus on discouraging tobacco and drug use among younger generations.

"The earlier you start smoking, the more addicted you may become and therefore the more difficult it will be to stop smoking later," said Professor Grethe Tell of the University of Bergen in Norway. Tell is an official spokesperson for the ESC.

Research has revealed a clear connection between the length of a smoking habit, the average amount of tobacco smoked and the severity of the health-related consequences later on, Professor Tell noted. 

"We know that the earlier one starts smoking, the more damage the smoke does," she said.

Giving up smoking is one of many healthy lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk of serious health conditions. A recent study even revealed that forgoing nicotine, in conjunction with eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly, may even fortify your brain against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. To learn more about how to age gracefully, contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston. We specialize in infusion therapy, hormone pellet implants and other treatments that can promote your long-term health and happiness.