For Your Health

The Dangers of Using Tobacco

Health concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting tobacco. All tobacco products contain nicotine which is highly addictive and causes many health problems. These health risks include cancer, heart disease, pregnancy complications, infertility, impotence, and strokes. 
A smoker suffers physical damage from the very first puff of the cigarette and the health impacts get worse the longer the tobacco use continues. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, affecting your health in varying ways – from bronchitis to a wide range of cancers (including lung cancer, leukemia, bladder cancer and others).

Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. In the United States alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, and about 8.6 million people suffer from smoking-related lung and heart diseases.  

Smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco and snus, are not safe alternatives to smoking. Smokeless tobacco causes mouth cancer, esophageal (swallowing tube) cancer and pancreatic cancer. Additional health risks caused by smokeless tobacco include pre-cancerous lesions of the mouth, gum recession, tooth decay and staining. Smokers who use smokeless tobacco products to postpone or avoid quitting actually increase their risk of lung cancer.

Doctor Xray Lungs of Smoker-Thinkstock-643021258 (sm)Health Risks Associated with Smoking:


Common Health Issues Associated with Tobacco:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Lung disease
  • Eye disease
  • Dental/Gum disease
  • Impotency
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Memory problems
  • Stomach ulcers
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes complications
  • Circulation problems
  • Premature wrinkles