Negative Health Effects

Health Benefits

People who stop smoking or the use of tobacco products greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death.  According to the CDC, almost 70% of current smokers want to quit and 40% have tried at least once.  Cessation is associated with numerous health benefits, including:

  • Reduced risks for developing:
    • Lung cancer and many other types of cancer
    • Heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease
    • Lung diseases (e.g. Pneumonia and COPD)
  • Reduced respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath)
  • Reduced risk for infertility and low birth weight babies
  • Healthier children in the community
    • Less asthma and childhood respiratory issues from secondhand smoke

For more information and fast facts, please visit the CDC webpage on Smoking & Tobacco Use

Students and Universities
  • One in five college students smoke
  • More than 13% of college students started smoking in college
  • Twenty percent of social smokers become daily smokers over the course of a four-year college period
  • Smoke- and tobacco-free programs have been shown to help students decrease their amount of smoking or help them to quit