Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. It harms nearly every organ in the body.
Types of Tobacco:
- Smokeless tobacco, such as dip
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased appetite
- Most commonly lung cancer, but can also cause these types of cancers:
- Colon and rectum
- Kidney and ureter
- Trachea and bronchus
- Heart disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Complications in pregnancy
- Smoking increases risk for:
- Preterm (early) delivery
- Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth)
- Low birth weight
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Orofacial clefts in infants
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Oral health (tooth loss, gum disease, cavities)
Cigarette smoke can still harm you even if you are not the one smoking.
The combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, of which hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer.
E-cigarettes and youth
- Coronary heart disease
- Lung cancer
- Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20–30%.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
: Devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves, but instead vaporize a solution. The user then inhales this solution.
E-cigarettes can contain many harmful substances, including:
- Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
- Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
- Volatile organic compounds
- Cancer-causing chemicals
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
E-cigarettes are called many different things, including:
- Vape pens
- Tank systems
- Nicotine can harm the brain during adolescence because it is still developing until about age 25.
- Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
- Using nicotine as a young teen can also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapies
- Behavioral Therapies
- AshLine: Phone Counseling and Medication