People who smoke are twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared to non-smokers. Smoking also carries the risk of developing other conditions such as cancer, and respiratory (lung) disease.
Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas found in tobacco smoke, makes it easier for cholesterol to pass through into blood vessels & cause a fatty build up; which can lead to heart disease, angina & increases the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of having a stroke reduces when you stop smoking. Two years after stopping, your chance of having a stroke will have decreased significantly. After 5 years, your risk of having a stroke is about the same as a non-smoker.
For additional information and help, vist the "Stopping Smoking" part of the "Lifestyle Changes and Reducing the Risk of Stroke" section of this website