Tobacco Risks & Dangers

Tobacco use in the United States is the greatest preventable cause of serious illness and death. Tobacco use harms tissues throughout the body, as seen on the list below:

  • The brain
    Nicotine is highly addictive.
    Use of tobacco can increase the risk of strokes.
  • The skin
    Remember the Seinfeld episode when Kramer became a smoker and then sued the tobacco industry for "disfigurement"?
    Tobacco smoking leads to poor wound healing, increased wrinkling, and increased risk of skin cancers.
  • The lungs
    Tobacco use is related to emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma.
    Tobacco use is related to 85% of all lung cancers.
  • The alimentary tract
    Tobacco use is related to 80% of laryngeal cancers, 80% of esophageal cancers, and 93% of oral cavity cancers.
  • Fetal effects
    The use of tobacco during pregnancy is related to increased risk of infant mortality and fetal malformation.
    Second-hand smoke increases the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).