The most important thing you can do to reduce your stroke risk is to stop smoking or, if you don't smoke, don't start.
No matter how much or how long you smoke, your risk of heart disease and stroke starts to drop when you quit. In time, your risk is about the same as if you never smoked.
These four steps can help you stop smoking:
- Set a specific date to quit.
- Take the stop smoking medication your doctor recommends.
- Get help and support from friends, family and your doctor or other healthcare provider.
- Learn how to stay quit (smoke-free).