Tobacco and Your Health

Smoking and Cancer

The 1982 Surgeon General's Report states that "Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States." This statement is as true today as it was in 1982. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use is a behavior that the individual chooses to do, it's the most preventable cause of premature death in our society. Nearly one in five deaths in the US result from the use of tobacco.

According to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking - Smoking Among Adults in the United States – cancer is the second leading cause of death and was among the first diseases causally linked to smoking. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, and cigarette smoking causes most cases.

Compared to nonsmokers, men who smoke are about 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer and women who smoke are about 13 times more likely.

Smoking causes about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80 percent in women.

In 2003, an estimated 171,900 new cases of lung cancer occurred and approximately 157,200 people died from lung cancer.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk for many types of cancer, including cancers of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, larynx (voice box), lung, uterine cervix, urinary bladder and kidney.

Learn more by visiting the American Cancer Society's informative site on Tobacco and Cancer.

Smoking during Pregnancy

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems to an unborn child. Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to premature labor, breathing problems and fatal illness among infants.

Learn the facts from the March of Dimes.


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