Hi Allison!I started this board...but I have to confess that I've been neglecting it for quite a while.Congratulations on the drop in BP. I'm not surprised.But I'm curious. How much did you smoke? Did you also drink alcohol when you smoked? Did you stop both?Forgive any invasion of privacy...answer only what you wish to.I used to teach pharmacology....so I know something about drugs. Nicotine is a stimulant, so I would expect cigarette smoking to raise blood pressure, at least in the short run.But I don't recall smoking as being a "risk factor" for chronic hypertension (I might be wrong on this). On the other hand, drinking the equivalent of 3 or more ounces of alcohol has been shown to elevate blood pressure chronically.The way I see it, the whole "science" of treating high blood pressure is rather confusing. Patients are often pushed to take meds (I'm on 3 of them). Once the BP is in the "acceptable range", the docs and the patients seem to lose interest.But I'm rambling. Congratulations again. Keep up the good work. Hypertension, as you know, is a crippler and a killer. Jack
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