Facts

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