Facing Up to Smoking

Why Do You Smoke?

Why Quit Smoking?
You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting.
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
Smokers not only have increased risk of lung disease, including lung cancer and emphysema, but also have increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and oral cancer.
Smoking and Gum Disease
Do you have healthy gums? You may kiss them goodbye if you're a smoker.
Oral Cancer
Ninety percent of oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco use. Oral cancer can affect the lips, teeth, gums, and lining of the mouth.
Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging
Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.
Smoking and Pregnancy
Don't smoke during your pregnancy and limit how much time you spend in environments where there is secondhand smoke.
Smoking and Respiratory Diseases
Smoking is directly responsible for the majority of lung cancer cases (87 percent), emphysema cases, and chronic bronchitis cases.
Smoking and Asthma Don't Mix
One of the major triggers for asthma attacks is cigarette smoke. Cigarette, pipe or cigar smoke is especially harmful to people with asthma because it damages the cells in the lungs that make the protective coating lining the bronchial tubes.
The High Cost of Smoking
When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.
Up in Smoke: Cigars and Your Health
Most people realize that cigarettes can cause lung cancer and heart disease. But many people erroneously believe that cigars aren't harmful.
Oral Cancer and Tobacco
All tobacco products, from cigarettes to snuff, contain toxins, carcinogens, and nicotine, an addictive substance.