Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.
If you quit smoking right now...
Within 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.1
Within 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.2
Within 3 months: Your circulation and lung function improves.3
Within 9 months: You will cough less and breathe easier.4
After 1 year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.5
After 5 years: Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal after 5 years.6
After 10 years: You are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.7
After 15 years: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.8
For more information contact:
Connie Capacchione, Program Coordinator
Phone: 860-823-1189 x122