Health Effect of Tobacco

There is strong evidence that smoking is related to more than two-dozen diseases and conditions. Many organs and body systems are adversely affected by tobacco smoke. Fortunately, most of this starts to reverse after a smoker quits smoking.
All smokers are at extra risk for:

  • Coronary heart disease (e.g., heart attacks)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (circulatory problems)
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • High cholesterol (LDL)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat and voice box
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Cancer of the kidney, and urinary bladde
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza (the “flu”)
  • The common cold
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Chronic bowel disease (Crohn’s disease)
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Gum disease
  • Osteoporosis

Sleep problems (falling asleep inappropriately and/or frequent waking)

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