Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is never too late to put your health back on track. Quit tobacco, and get more good years to spend with your kids, grandkids and other family.
THREATS TO YOUR HEALTH
Consider the true risks of continuing to use tobacco as part of your routine. You are putting yourself at risk for many ailments that can be deadly. Tobacco product use in any form can lead to many diseases and can cause current conditions to worsen. Protect yourself, and quit nicotine for good with South Dakota QuitLine's phone coaching, free Quit Kit and the Quit Guide.
- Buerger's Disease
- Gum Disease & Tooth Loss
- Heart Disease
- Vision Loss
For those with asthma, tobacco smoke — both firsthand and secondhand — can irritate your airway, triggering an asthma attack. If you suffer from asthma, avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Buerger's disease causes blood vessels to swell and clot, most often in arms and legs. This leads to a multitude of issues including pain, damage to your tissue and even gangrene.
Nearly every diagnosis of Buerger's disease is linked to use of tobacco products like cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco.
Not only can using cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems cause cancer, but it can also make fighting off these diseases seem fruitless. Using tobacco products can cause your immune system to worsen, which makes fighting off cancer difficult.
According to the CDC, smoking and secondhand smoke cause almost 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. Cancer caused by smoking is not limited to your lungs — it can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body.
If you are a routine smoker or have quit within the last 15 years, it is recommended that you receive annual cancer screening.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that restricts airflow and causes breathing problems. COPD is often caused by cigarette smoke. According to the CDC, as many as 80 percent of COPD-related deaths are caused by smoking. Youth secondhand smoke increases the risk of developing COPD in the future.
Cigarette smokers are 30-40 percent more likely than nonsmokers to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Current diabetics who smoke are also more likely to struggle managing their condition.
The CDC reports that smoking with diabetes puts you at a higher risk of ailments such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Poor blood flow, which causes infections and ulcers
- Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves)
- Retinopathy (can lead to blindness)
Gum Disease & Tooth Loss
Smoking increases the risk of developing gum disease and losing teeth. Keep an eye out for symptoms like swollen or tender gums, sensitive or loose teeth, painful chewing and more.
In one of four deaths from cardiovascular disease, smoking is a major contributor. Learn more about how smoking can lead to heart disease and stroke.
If you smoke, your eyesight may be in danger. You could develop cataracts or macular degeneration (blurry vision).
Do What You Love.
Kicking your tobacco habit can make all the difference in your life. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Step up for your health, and join in on the fun. Do everything you've always been too winded to do before. Don't just live more years. Live more good years—tobacco-free.
THE SCARY TRUTH ABOUT SECONDHAND SMOKE
Whether it's in a public space or your own home, exposure to secondhand smoke can be deadly. Adults and children exposed to secondhand smoke are likely to experience the harmful effects and health threats related to nicotine exposure.
The children in your life are especially vulnerable, because they are still growing and developing. Babies can die unexpectedly from SIDS if exposed. Exposed babies and children tend to catch bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Secondhand smoke can even trigger an attack in asthmatic children.