Every year in the U.S., more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a tobacco product for the first time.
Find out how smoking and use of other tobacco products affects your health, what's in a cigarette, how tobacco use and the tobacco industry impact specific populations, and how to keep kids from starting.
Smoking and use of tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco, cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions. Learn more about how smoking and using tobacco impacts your health.
What's In a Cigarette?
Arsenic, lead, tar— these are just few of more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. See what else is in a cigarette.
The Impact of Tobacco Use
Tobacco use has a larger impact on certain populations. Learn more about these groups and how the tobacco industry markets its products.
Kids and Smoking
The best way to prevent tobacco-related illness and death is to keep kids from starting to smoke in the first place. See why kids start and get tips to talk to your kids about smoking.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed March 13, 2019.
Page Last Updated: April 4, 2019