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Tobacco Products

chemical compound symbolTobacco products are the only consumer products that cause death and disease
when used exactly as the manufacturer intended.

Nicotine: a potent and highly addictive stimulant drug found in most tobacco products.

Burned: Products used to smoke tobacco that produce smoke for the user to inhale.

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.It harms nearly every organ of the human body, causes many respiratory, heart and other diseases.

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah

Smokeless: Tobacco that is chewed or absorbed through the mouth or skin.

Smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction; cancer of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. lt increases the risk of death from heart disease and stroke.

Tobacco Facts- Chewing tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, snuff

Electronic: A battery-powered device that creates an aerosol by heating a liquid.

Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) create an aerosol (a gas containing ultra-fine particles) that contains varying levels of toxicants and heavy metals. The inhaled aerosol usually contains nicotine, flavors, glycerol, and propylene glycol.

Hooka Pens
Vape Pens
Heat-not-burn devices

  Tobacco Facts- Other devices
Tobacco-Related Health Risks

Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking.


The U.S. Surgeon General says there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Secondhand Smoke


Secondhand smoke is both the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette or cigar and the smoke that is exhaled by smokers. It can stay in the air long after a product is used and can be involuntarilly inhaled by nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, at least 70 of which are cancer-causing. Even brief exposure to it is dangerous. It can cause lung cancer even in nonsmokers and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic lung problems.

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Smoking damages your breathing and scars lung tissue. It can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs. Smoking id directly responsible for nearly 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and 80 percent of deaths caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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The chemicals in tobacco smoke damage your heart and it's vital functions. Smoking increases your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, aneurysms, and plaque buld-up in arteries among many other harmful effects. The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with oxygen.

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Other Diseases

Smoking harms neary every organ of the body, causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general. It can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body (blood, bones, stomach etc.) Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are also harmful to your reproductive health. Quitting lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life.

For more information about tobacco products and their health risks visit CDC Tobacco Information.