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Health Effects

Health effects

Learn more about how smoking causes many diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases and affects the health of smokers in general. Also find information on the health effects of smoking during pregnancy.

Woman with cancer


Tobacco use increases the risk for many types of cancer, such as lung cancer.

Doctor and patient


Studies show a direct link between cigarette smoking and coronary heart disease.

Child receiving asthma therapy


Smoking, including during the teenage years, increases the risk of dying from COPD.

Pregnant woman lying on grass


Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for pregnancy complications.

Related Materials

Fact Sheets

Surgeon General's Reports

Shareable Media

Secondhand Smoke: Triumphs and Tragedies is a 10-minute video that puts a human face on the issue by telling the stories of six individuals whose health was affected by secondhand smoke and/or who led local efforts to make workplaces and public places smoke free. The video also tells the stories of three communities that successfully implemented smoke-free policies. The video won the Gold Aurora and Silver Telly awards.


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