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, 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 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

Tip Sheet 1: Planning for the First Quit Week

Tip Sheet 2: What’s in Cigarette Smoke

Tip Sheet 3: Fighting Smoking Triggers

Tip Sheet 4Why Quit Smoking?
Tip Sheet 5: How to Help Friends Quit Smoking