Obliteration of the arteries – known as arteritis – is a complaint that particularly afflicts smokers. Even in individuals who have never smoked, the first puff of a cigarette causes an action on the blood vessels: the nicotine contained in tobacco contracts the blood vessels, thereby reducing the blood circulation.
After a certain time, the arteries narrow and then become clogged up, resulting in gangrene, which necessitates the amputation of a limb.
Fortunately, “it has been proven that giving up smoking stems the development of the illness, which does, however, resume in a brutal fashion if the patient starts smoking again.”*
*Dr Delbecque, Secretary of the Regional Cardiology Foundation in Dunkerque, during a debate in Lille, reported in La Voix du Nord on 5 November 1976