The Health Risks of Smoking
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.” Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. It causes over 393,000 deaths each year.
Smoking causes or worsens many lung-related diseases, including lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also makes asthma symptoms among children and teens worse.
This is why the American Lung Association is dedicated to eliminating tobacco use in future generations through research, education and advocacy. You can find more information on the health risks of smoking from the American Lung Association by clicking here.
Quitting smoking provides both immediate and long-term benefits to your health, reducing or eliminating the risks for many of the diseases caused by smoking. You can get help to quit smoking from the Lung Association by clicking here.