Smoking Cessation Overview

Smoking is one of the most avoidable causes of cancer and other medical conditions, posing one of the largest public health problems. Nearly 1 in 5 deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to tobacco use. All forms of tobacco usage, whether chewing or smoking, carry the same cancer risk.

To understand the full urgency of why a person should quit smoking immediately, one must fully comprehend dangers of smoking which are outlined below in our patient education guide.

Cancers related to (or aggravated by) smoking:

  • Uterus and cervix
  • Mouth and throat
  • Larynx and esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Bladder
  • Stomach
  • Lung
  • Blood (acute myeloid leukemia)

Additional problems associated with smoking include:

  • Infertility
  • Stillbirth and premature birth
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Premature menopause
  • Endocrine imbalance
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as in chronic bronchitis, emphysema)
  • Narrowing of blood vessels and heart disease
  • Stroke

 

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