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Cigarette Smoking And Your Health, Ambulatory Care

What are the risks to my health if I smoke?

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 for complications.

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

  • Lower risk of cancer, heart disease, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke
  • Lower risk of diabetes complications, such as kidney, artery, or eye disease, and nerve damage that can result in amputations
  • Lower risk of lung infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema

  • Increased benefits of chemotherapy if you already have cancer, and decreased risk for cancer returning after treatment
  • Improved circulation, allowing more oxygen to be delivered to your body
  • Improved ability to heal and to fight infections

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

  • Lower risk of lung cancer and heart disease in nonsmokers
  • Lower risk of miscarriage, early delivery, low birth weight, and stillbirth
  • Lower risk of SIDS, obesity, developmental delay, ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and ADHD in your child

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

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

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

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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