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, and Quit 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 Lung (or Pulmonary) Disease, especially:
- Stomach (or gastric) ulcers
Other Key Information about smoking can be found in the Health Power Web Section on Smoking and Health.
- There is no safe way to smoke.
- Most people who develop lung cancer die from it.
- Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to have a miscarriage, premature baby, or stillbirth.
- Menthol cigarettes, which more African-Americans smoke, are not safer than non-menthols.
- People who don’t smoke are likely to live longer.
- Nursing mothers and caregivers who smoke double or triple an infant’s chances of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also described in our glossary.
Additional Quit Smoking Tip Sheets