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Cigarette Smoking and your Health

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What are the risks to my health if I smoke tobacco?

Nicotine and other chemicals found in tobacco and e-cigarettes can damage every cell in your body. Even if you are a light 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. Nicotine can affect an adolescent's developing brain. This can lead to trouble thinking, learning, or paying attention.

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

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

Tobacco is harmful to nonsmokers who breathe in your secondhand smoke. The following are ways the health of others around you may improve when you stop smoking:

Where can I find support and more information?

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