How does tobacco affect my health?
Your Health and Tobacco
At this point, most people know tobacco is really bad for them. Every now and then someone tells us about their superhero uncle who lived to be 112 years old and smoked, but unlikely things like getting struck by lightning also happen. In reality, tobacco use is the leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in the United States. Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it.
Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Smoking causes lung cancer and lung diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.
Health Effects of Smoking
Smoking also causes the following cancers3
Men developing lung cancer by 23 times8
Women developing lung cancer by 13 times9Dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases by 12 to 13 times10 (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers.
What if I Chew or Dip?
Smokeless tobacco products, such as spitting tobacco, dip, chew, snuff and snus, are also harmful to your health and are not a safer alternative to smoking.12 Smokeless tobacco users have:
80 percent higher risk of oral cancer13
60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and esophageal cancer14Smokeless tobacco use can cause the following cancers:
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
- Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer