Coronary Heart Disease and Commercial Tobacco

The heart gets its blood supply from the coronary arteries. When the coronary arteries become blocked, narrowed, or completely obstructed, the heart cannot get the nutrients, fuel and oxygen it needs. This is known as coronary artery disease (CAD) and can lead to a heart attack.

  • Coronary heart disease and stroke are the primary kinds of heart disease caused by commercial tobacco smoking.
  • Commercial tobacco smoking causes heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 2,600 Americans die every day because of cardiovascular diseases - about one death every 33 seconds.
  • Commercial cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers.
  • Commercial tobacco smoking has been linked with sudden cardiac death of all types in both men and women.
  • • In addition to heart disease, commercial tobacco smoking doubles a person's risk for stroke.
  • Commercial cigarette smoking harms circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries).
  • Commercial tobacco smokers are more than 10 times more likely to develop peripheral vascular disease compared to nonsmokers.
  • Commercial tobacco smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • You can learn more about coronary artery disease at National Jewish Health®.


National Jewish Health. Health Information: Conditions: Coronary Artery Disease Available from:

American Heart Association. Cigarette Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.