Is it safe to smoke and take birth control?

“I’m 17 and i smoke cigarettes and i want to take birth control for the first time but people tell me i can’t smoke while taking birth control. is this true and what would the effects be if i continued smoking while taking birth control?”

A: “Smoking while taking birth control is not recommended. Smoking increases a woman’s risk for a heart attack, stroke and blood clots. This risk increases in women over 35 years old.”