Smoking Harms You
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Smoking can cause:
- Heart attack and stroke
- Cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers.
- Smoking doubles your chances of having a stroke.
- One year after a person stops smoking, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke will drop by more than half.
- Smoking increases your risk of developing cancers of the bladder, kidney, larynx (voice box), lung, pancreas, stomach, and uterus.
- Smoking causes about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer.
- The cancer death rate for men who smoke cigarettes is more than double that of nonsmokers.
- Men who smoke are 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men who have never smoked.
- Women who smoke are 12 times more likely to develop lung cancer than women who have never smoked.
Smoking and secondhand smoke can cause:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Serious respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- More colds, sore throats, and respiratory infections
- Asthma attacks
Unpleasant effects include:
- Yellow stains on teeth and fingers
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
- Early wrinkling of the skin
- Decreased sense of smell and taste
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012