Quit SmokingTip Sheet 4 – Why Quit Smoking?

Smoking, which is an addiction, is the most preventable cause of death in the United States (US).

Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Smoking is also a major cause of stroke, and stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Smoking accounts for about 1 out of every three cancer deaths in the U.S.

Smoking is so closely associated with health that our web site has a special section called Smoking and Health. It provides more information about smoking, including secondhand smoking, major complications of smoking mentioned in this summary, andQuit Smoking & Win Tip Sheets.

Cancers caused by cigarette smoking include:

  • Lung Cancer – Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 80 percent (8 out of every 10) of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. 
  • Other Cancers caused more often by cigarette smoking:

    • Cancer of the mouth

    • Cancer of the throat

    • Cancer of the esophagus (upper intestinal tract)

    • Cancer of the pancreas

    • Cancer of the cervix

    • Cancer of the kidney

    • Cancer of the bladder

Cigarette Smoking is also associated with an increased risk of:

Other Key Information about smoking can be found in the Health Power Web Section on Smoking and Health.