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  • Why Quit Smoking

  • Smoking cigarettes affects almost every part of the body. There is no such thing as a safe cigarette.  All forms of tobacco (menthol cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products) have chemicals that are bad for your health.

    How does smoking affect your health?

    Heart and blood vessels: The chemicals in cigarettes damage your blood vessels (your veins and arteries) and cause plaque (a waxy substance) to build up inside of them. This plaque narrows the blood vessels making it harder for the blood to flow through. This can cause a heart attack, high blood pressure or a stroke (strokes damage the brain and can affect your ability to walk or talk).

    Lungs and breathing: Smoking can cause asthma attacks for those who have asthma. Smoking also damages your lungs, making it hard for you to breathe. Smoking can give you lung infections and a cough that does not go away. These changes in your lungs can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — which cannot be cured.

    Cancer:  Tobacco smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals in it. Over 70 of those chemicals cause cancer. Besides lung cancer, smoking can cause cancers of the colon, liver, uterus and cervix, bladder, pancreas, stomach, kidney, mouth, esophagus, lips and many more! Even second-hand smoke can cause cancer!

    If nobody smoked, we could avoid one of every three cancer deaths in the United States.

    Other risks of smoking:

    • Smoking can cause babies being born too early or babies with very low birth weight or other health issues.
    • Smoking can affect the health of teeth and gums. Your teeth could fall out.
    • If you smoke, your risk of getting diabetes is 30% - 40% higher than people who don’t smoke.
    • Smoking can lead to osteoporosis, a disease that makes your bones thin and weak, making them easy to break.  
    • Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. It raises your risk for getting cataracts, which can lead to blindness.

    The good news is it is never too late to stop smoking. Quitting smoking can make a big difference to your health. If you stop now, you may lower your risk of getting illnesses linked to smoking.  If you don’t smoke, don’t start!
    You CAN quit smoking! Need help?  Call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline toll free at 866.NY.QUITS (866.697.8487) or visit their website at https://www.nysmokefree.com/

    To learn more, please visit:
    BeTobaccoFree.gov: https://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/health-effects/smoking-health/index.html

    Sources:
    BeTobaccoFree.gov: https://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/index.html
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking:https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/