Tobacco

The CDC reports that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and over 480,000 people die each year in the US from smoking cigarettes.

Health Risks

Smoking cigarettes puts you at a greater risk for:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung Cancer
  • COPD

Smoking cigarettes can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body including:

  • Bladder
  • Blood
  • Cervix
  • Colon and Rectum
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney and Ureter
  • Larynx
  • Liver
  • Oropharynx
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Trachea, Bronchus, Lung

Quitting Resources

Tips & Tools

  • Smokefree.gov offers many helpful tools to help you quit – Text messaging service and Quit apps
  • 8 Tips to Quit Smoking from Lung.org
  • American Lung Association – a craving for a cigarette usually lasts only 3-5 minutes. To avoid smoking, distract yourself for those 3 to 5 minutes by calling a friend, getting a drink of water, playing a game on your phone

Secondhand Smoke (CDC)

Secondhand smoke is smoke from burning tobacco products from cigarettes, cigars or pipes. It is also smoke that has been exhaled by the person smoking.


Secondhand smoke in multiunit housing
Secondhand smoke can travel through multiunit housing through doorways, cracks in walls, ventilation systems, plumbing and electrical lines



Most children have the most exposure to secondhand smoke in their own homes.

  • Opening windows and using a fan will not completely get rid of secondhand smoke
  • Health effects on children:
    • Ear infections
    • More frequent and severe asthma attacks
    • Respiratory problems
    • Respiratory infections
    • An increased risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

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