So, Why Would She Start Smoking?

Smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death in the U.S. and when you have a heart condition and smoke, the results can be devastating.  So, if you know you already have a heart condition, like tachycardia, why would you even start smoking?

According to Wikipedia, tachycardia is a heart rate that “exceeds the normal range for a resting heart rate.”  Some people have no symptoms, but others can experience dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid pulse rate, heart palpitations, and chest pains.  When your heart rate is too fast, it may not adequately pump blood to the rest of your body.  If you smoke, you have added an additional burden to your heart, as well as your other organs.

Nicotine from smoking raises your blood pressure.  Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, increases the amount of carbon monoxide, and cholesterol deposits develop on your artery walls.  The narrowed artery walls reduce the amount of blood that can be pumped through them, which may already be compromised by the heart condition.

So why would Miley Cyrus, who knows she has the heart condition, even start smoking cigarettes in the first place?   Although the condition is considered non-life-threatening, and she says it won’t hurt her, she does state it “bothers me.”  She admits she thinks about it when she is on stage.

Miley has been popular with tweens and teens ever since she became Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, and she has had a big influence on young girls around the world who have seen her in movies and in concert.  Pictures of the then under-aged Miley smoking lead many parents to question her behavior, especially when she is quoted as saying she would never smoke in her book Miles to Go:

“… I would never smoke. I always say that for me, smoking would be like smashing my guitar and expecting it to play. I’d never do that to my voice, not to mention the rest of my body.” 

It’s difficult to explain to young kids why they shouldn’t smoke when they admire someone who does, and that person is underage.  Her habit has already changed the sound of her voice, and aged her looks. The 19 year old star said one of her New Year’s resolutions is to give up her habit, but it may be harder than she thinks when she is surrounded by smokers.   

Value your health, Miley, and good luck on your resolution.

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