Substance Abuse (Tobacco)

Smoking tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Nearly one fourth of the people in this country smoke. The most common and serious effect of smoking is lung cancer.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer in the US. In addition to lung cancer, smoking predisposes individuals to cancers of the larynx, pharynx, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, bladder and cervix4. Smoking also increases susceptibility to respiratory diseases such as emphysema (click on the link below), chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

Ever heard of the smoker's cough?

Do you know that all smokers will develop emphysema if they live and smoke long enough?

Learn More about Emphysema

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