Smoking and Tobacco Use
Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes and using other tobacco products can
• Cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat or esophagus
• Heart and blood vessel disease
• Lung disease
Cigarettes are filled with poisons that go into your lungs when you breathe
in. Each cigarette has 4000 chemicals and 43 cancer causing agents.
Nicotine in tobacco is addictive and can raise your blood pressure.
Smoking is also a danger to others. Nonsmokers who breathe tobacco smoke
have the same health risk as smokers. Children who are around tobacco
smoke may have more colds, ear infections or other breathing problems.
Smokeless tobacco such as dip and chew contains more nicotine than
cigarettes. Their use can cause white patches or red sores in the mouth that
can develop into cancer. Smokeless tobacco users often have dental
problems such as gums pulling away from the teeth and tooth and root
Benefits of Quitting Smoking and Tobacco Use
• Your risk of heart disease and stroke is reduced.
• Your breathing and energy level will improve.
• Your cancer risks will be reduced.
• You will live longer than people who continue to smoke and use tobacco.
• If you are pregnant, you have a better chance of having a healthy baby.
• You will decrease the health risks of nonsmokers if you stop smoking.
• Your sense of smell and taste will improve.
• Your body, clothes, car and home will not smell of tobacco.
• You will save money.
Learning How to Quit
Talk to your doctor about quitting. Ask about classes and support groups.
Get support and learn how to deal with stress. Talk with your doctor about