There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do.
E-cigarettes often look like cigarettes, but they work differently. They are battery-operated smoking devices. Not much is known about the health risks of using them.
Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of health problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
- Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Also in Spanish
- Effects of Smoking on Your Health (Department of Health and Human Services)
- Let's Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free: Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health (Department of Health and Human Services) - PDF
- Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks? (American Heart Association)
- Tobacco Addiction (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Tobacco and Cancer (American Cancer Society)
- Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes (08/19/2016, HealthDay)
- Smoking Rates Still High in Some Racial Groups, CDC Reports (08/04/2016, HealthDay)
- Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works (07/27/2016, HealthDay)
- The Facts on the FDA's New Tobacco Rule (06/16/2016, Food and Drug Administration)
- Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco? Tell FDA (06/08/2016, Food and Drug Administration)
- More News on Smoking
- "Light" Tobacco Products Pose Heavy Health Risks (Food and Drug Administration)
- Cigar Smoking and Cancer (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- Is It True That Smoking Causes Wrinkles? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Nicotine Dependence (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Smoking and Asthma (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Smoking and Bone Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
- Smoking and Eye Health (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Also in Spanish
- Smoking and HIV (New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center) Also in Spanish
- Smoking and Home Fire Safety (United States Fire Administration)
- Smoking and Infertility (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) - PDF
- Smoking and Your Digestive System (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- What's in a Cigarette? (American Lung Association)
- Bidis and Kreteks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Cigars (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Hookahs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Low-Yield Cigarettes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- MedlinePlus: E-Cigarettes (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Smoked Tobacco Products (Department of Health and Human Services)
Videos and Tutorials
- Smoking and Sleep (Harvard Medical School)
Statistics and Research
- Adult Cigarette Smoking in the United States: Current Estimates (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Reduces Vitamin D3 in the Blood Stream and Respiratory Tract (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)
- Percentage of U.S. Adults Who Smoke Cigarettes (Department of Health and Human Services)
- Tobacco Use in Racial and Ethnic Populations (American Lung Association)
- Tobacco-Related Mortality (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Influence of smoking on sleep and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
- Article: Neuropsychiatric safety and efficacy of varenicline, bupropion, and nicotine patch...
- Article: Association between Parkinson's Disease and Cigarette Smoking, Rural Living, Well-Water...
- Smoking -- see more articles
- How Lungs Work (American Lung Association)