Health Effects

Smoking contains many toxic substances, including carcinogens and radiation. The effects of these substances are not just on the lungs, but also harm many other systems of the body. Smoking is the single greatest avoidable cause of disease and death and second-hand smoke is also harmful.

Surgeon General's Findings on Secondhand Smoke Exposure

1. Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.

2. Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.

3. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Lung Disease and Health Effects from the American Lung Association

Tobacco Use and Radiation from the Environmental Protection Agency

Additional Resources

For more information on ways to quit smoking, please visit: CROSSROADS or QuitlineNC


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