This is a smoke free zone
By Tori Cockle

'You own yourself, so if you want to do something that destroys yourself, go ahead. Just don't harm others when you do.'

Links for further Information: (Scroll down the page and read about Ischaemic strokes. This is some of the other strokes to do with smoking)

The risk the occurs from smoking

Smokers are four times more likely to have a stroke compared with non-smokers. This risk is particularly elevated in younger people. Non-smokers living with smokers are also more likely to suffer a stroke to.

How does a stroke occur

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain suddenly becomes blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bleeds (haemorrhagic stroke). This results in part of the brain dying and causes loss of function of that part of the brain. A stroke may lead to death or affect functions such as movement of body parts, vision, swallowing and communication.

When you smoke there is a price you have to pay

The nicotine in cigarettes and the lack of oxygen to the body's tissues causes blood vessels to thin and leads to strokes. Smoking makes the body unable to circulate blood properly, which in turn causes high blood pressure. The carbon monoxide from smoking cigarettes causes cholesterol deposits to form on the arterial walls. The combination of high blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause a stroke. Blood clots become more likely because of the nicotine.

Symptoms to look out for

The FAST test is an easy way to recognise if someone is having a stroke. FAST stands for Facial weakness, Arm Weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to act.

Reducing your risk of stokes from smoking

Your risk of stroke decreases steadily after you quit. Studies have show that the risk of stroke in most ex-smokers becomes similar to people who have never smoked after five to fifteen years. However, one study shows that while the risk of stroke falls markedly among former heavy smokers (more than 20 cigarettes per day), their risk may remain higher than the risk for people who have never smoked for many years. Quitting smoking particularly benefits people with high blood pressure in regard to reducing their risk of stroke. Cutting down the number of cigarettes you smoke does not appear to reduce the risk of early death.

How many people die from a stroke caused by smoking?
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in Australia. Over 12,000 Australians died as a direct result of stroke in 2004. An estimated 53,000 strokes happen every year in Australia. That's one every 10 minutes. In 2003, there were an estimated 346,700 survivors of stroke. One in five were aged under 60 years. About 40% of stroke survivors had a disability resulting from their stroke. The risk of stroke increases with age.

Pictures of what happens and what it may look like if you have a stroke or during

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The two different types of strokes caused by smoking


Video's from real doctars that have expreienced patients with strokes

These ads were once on television to warn smokers about the danger of strokes