Tobacco's Health Effects
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Several types of cancer including cancer of the lung, throat, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, and cervix and leukemia
- Respiratory diseases
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Gum and tooth disease
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Reduced ability to taste food and drinks
- Yellow teeth
Tobacco’s Effects on OthersTobacco doesn’t just affect the person who chooses to use it. Smoking can be dangerous to the people and pets around you. People who live in or around your cigarette smoke, even just occasionally, could suffer in these ways:
- They have an increased risk of lung cancer.
- Children near you are more likely to have sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, lung problems, and ear infections.
- Unborn babies are more likely to be born early and at a low birth weight. They are more likely to have birth defects including cleft palate and other health problems.
- Pets have increased risks of cancers when they breathe in secondhand smoke, or when they lick smoke particles that stick to their fur.
There are many reasons to quit tobacco and the Quitline can help you start your quit journey off right. We’ll help you identify how quitting tobacco can help your health and relationships.
What’s your why? Explore our interactive tools to find out why quitting is important to you.