There's power in numbers. It's no secret that smoking is bad for you, but the truth is, the health consequences from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are more numerous than people know. We've narrowed it down to some of the worst for our lists, including many you might not know.

Top 8 Strategies Big Tobacco Uses to Addict Kids to E-Cigarettes

More than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2021. Here are 8 ways the industry added fuel to the fire.
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Top 10 Populations Disproportionately Affected by Cigarette Smoking and Tobacco Use

The good news is smoking rates have decreased over the past decade and are near historically low levels. However, certain populations and various parts of the country continue to smoke at high rates.
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10 Health Effects Caused by Smoking You Didn't Know About

Since the U.S. Surgeon General officially confirmed that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer in 1964, we've learned that smoking is responsible for a heap of other awful diseases, contributing to the tobacco epidemic we face today.
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10 of the Worst Diseases Smoking Causes

Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but before you die, you could experience some pretty terrible diseases and health conditions from smoking.
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10 Bad Things the Tobacco Industry Has Done to Entice Kids to Start Smoking

Every day, more than 100 kids and teens who had previously been occasional cigarette smokers become regular daily cigarette smokers.
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9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke

Smoking doesn't just affect smokers; it also has an impact on their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even strangers who breathe the smoke-filled air.
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10 of the Most Appalling Facts about Tobacco Company Misdeeds from the Famous Federal Court Ruling

In 2006, major tobacco companies were found guilty of racketeering, aka organized criminal activity. Here are 10 of the most troubling facts the judge found in her ruling.
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Page last updated: November 17, 2022