Health Effects

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It also affects not just smokers, but the people around them

Get key information on the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.

  • 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 many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke » Learn more
  • Electronic cigarettes are a new tobacco product, and the potential health consequences and safety of these products are unknown. » 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 about our advocacy efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.