Cigarette Smoking And Your Health

What are the health risks if I smoke tobacco?

Chemicals in tobacco are addictive and damage every cell in your body. All tobacco products are dangerous to you and to nonsmokers who breathe your secondhand smoke. Even if you are a light smoker or a social smoker, you have an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and lung disease. If you are pregnant or have diabetes, smoking increases your risk of complications.

What are my health benefits if I stop smoking?

  • You reduce your risk for cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix. If you already have cancer, you increase the benefits of chemotherapy by not smoking. You also reduce your risk for cancer returning or a second cancer from developing.

  • You reduce your risk for heart disease, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke.

  • You reduce your risk for lung infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.



  • Your circulation improves, allowing more oxygen to be delivered to your body. If you have diabetes, you lower your risk for complications, such as kidney, artery, and eye diseases. You also lower your risk for nerve damage that can result in amputations, poor vision, and blindness.

  • You improve your body's ability to heal and to fight infections.

What are the health benefits to others if I stop smoking?

  • You lower the risks of lung cancer and heart disease in nonsmoking adults.

  • If you are pregnant, you lower the risk of miscarriage, early delivery, low birth weight, and stillbirth. You also lower your baby's risk of SIDS, obesity, developmental delay, and neurobehavioral problems, such as ADHD.

  • If you have children, you lower their risk of ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.

Where can I find more information and support to stop smoking?

It is never too late to stop smoking. Ask your caregiver for more information if you need help.

  • Smokefree.gov
    Phone: 1- 800 - 784-8669
    Web Address: www.smokefree.gov

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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