Smoking Effects on the Body

Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking has been shown to have harmful effects on almost every organ in the body.

Effects on Cardiovascular System: Nearly 35 percent of the deaths caused by smoking are due to heart and blood vessel disease. Smoking is associated with increased risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Attack
  • Aortic Aneurysm

Effects on Respiratory System: Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and accounts for over 200,000 respiratory and lung cancer related deaths each year. Smoking is associated with increased risk of:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
  • Lung Infections
  • Lung Cancer

Effects on other Organs: Smoking effects many other parts of the body in negative ways. These effects include increased risk of cancer and ulcers, impaired sexual function, reduced bone density and skin damage.



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