Did You Know?
Nearly half a million Americans die every year from smoking-related disease.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Cigarette and Tobacco Facts
Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 chemicals; at least 69 are known to
Cigarette smokers die, on average, 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Smoking is directly responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
For every person who dies from smoking, at least 30 are living with a smoking-related
illness (that’s 16+ million Americans).
Smoking raises blood pressure and stresses the heart, increasing your risk
for heart disease.
More people are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes than to any other
drug; nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol.
There’s no evidence that electronic cigarettes are safer than regular
- Ear infections
- Asthma attacks
- Respiratory symptoms
- Increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Heart disease
- Lung cancer (living with a smoker increases your chance of developing lung
cancer by 20 to 30% by exposing you to toxic chemicals and exhaled smoke)
Stopping smoking is the single most important step you can take to improve
the length and quality of your life.
Quit Smoking Resources
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline (800-784-8669)
Web resource pages
2. American Lung Association
3. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation medications and local quit-smoking programs
Mary Washington Hospital Tobacco Cessation Support Group