Cigarette Smoking and Serious Cardiovascular Events
- Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular events from combination oral contraceptive (COC) use.
- This risk increases with age, particularly in women over the age of 35 yrs, and with the number of cigarettes smoked.
- For this reason, COCs should not be used in women who are over 35 years of age and smoke. [See Contraindications]
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Updated January 2018