How Smoking Affects Your Health
Despite overwhelming evidence that it causes numerous health problems, smoking continues to be a relevant health concern. Here are just some of the ways smoke negatively affects your health.
Shortens your life span
Want to live longer? Don’t smoke! According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is the single greatest preventable cause of death in the world today and kills 5.4 million people a year. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that smoking increases your risk of contracting other non-tobacco related diseases.
Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of death in the world today and kills 5.4 million people a year.
Attacks almost all of your organs
Did you know that when you smoke it affects nearly every organ of the body? When you smoke, it affects your respiratory system, immune system, cardiovascular system, even your reproductive system!
Perhaps one of the most well-known health risks of smoking is cancer. Most people realize that when they smoke it can cause lung cancer, but when you smoke, you are actually at risk for developing multiple types of cancer.pdf icon
Infographic credit: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/infographics/health-effects/index.htm#smoking-risks
According to the CDC, smoking can cause cancer in your:
- Mouth and throat (oral cavity and pharynx)
- Esophagus, voice box (larynx)
- Lung, bronchus, and trachea
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Kidney and renal pelvis
- Uterine cervix
- Urinary bladder
- Colon and rectum
Smoke affects your family’s health too
If you think smoking affects only your own health, think again. When you smoke, you expose your spouse, children, and others to secondhand smoke, putting them at greater risk for stroke, lung cancer, and even coronary heart disease.
How to quit smokes and become healthier
Now that you know how smoke affects your health, you may want help quitting smoking. While you have countless resources available, start by talking with your primary care provider first. They can evaluate your current health situation and help you make a plan to quit for good.