Young Female Smokers at Especially High Heart Risk

Smoking may feel like a cool idea– until it isn’t. Smoking actually does a lot more damage to you than give you bad breath and stained teeth. According to a new study, smoking increases the risk of a heart attack in all people, but much more so in young women.

British researchers examined data on more than 3,300 cases of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) that occurred in the Yorkshire region of England between January 2009 and July 2014.

STEMI is sometimes called a major heart attack and is caused by a complete blockage of one of the main heart arteries.

Previous research has linked smoking to nearly 50% of STEMI cases.

The percentage of patients in the study who were