Health Effects

Looking for information on the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke?  The American Lung Association has the key information you need.

Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 393,000 deaths per year.  » Learn more

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, and is estimated to cause close to 50,000 deaths each year.  » Learn more

Marijuana smoke contains a greater amount of carcinogens than tobacco smoke. » Learn more

  • To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. » Learn More
  • For more information on our advocacy efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, click here