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Health Impact of Tobacco

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. About 480,000 people die every year from a tobacco-related illness, including 42,000 non-tobacco users. Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking; no amount of smoke is safe. Babies and children exposed to secondhand or thirdhand smoke are also at risk of becoming ill.

Risks From Smoking


The thousands of chemicals found in tobacco smoke can affect nearly every organ in the body causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.

More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, fires, suicides, and murders combined.



Women Who Smoke

Impact On Fetus

Impact On Youth

Men Who Smoke

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Secondhand Smoke


Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at the workplace are at an increased risk of developing:

  • Lung cancer (20-30%)

  • Coronary heart disease (25-30%)

  • Respiratory problems

  • 41,000 nonsmokers die every year from exposure to tobacco smoke.


Childhood Exposure

Childhood Asthma

Thirdhand Smoke


The Nicotine Nightmare

Tobacco products are designed to be addicting. Nicotine is the addictive chemical found in all tobacco products including most e-cigarettes. Nicotine is known to be as addictive as cocaine and heroin.  Nicotine can cause both physical and mental addiction, making quitting difficult.

Addiction is Powerful

Three components of addiction:       

Nicotine & Youth

Nicotine is dangerous and highly addictive for youth at any age because the brain is still developing.

Nicotine effects brain circuits that control attention, learning, mood, impulse control, and increase susceptibility to addiction and other drugs use.


The Cycle Nicotine Addiction

When nicotine is drawn into the lungs, it only takes 7 – 10 seconds for the nicotine to be delivered to the brain.

Once the nicotine is in the brain, the pleasurable effects, such as relaxation and happiness are released.

The brain develops nicotine receptors that multiply over time depending on the length of time and amount a person smokes.

It only takes about two hours before the nicotine receptors want more and withdrawal starts.

Nicotine is NOT a relaxant; it is a stimulant that raises blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate.


Beware of Vaping

Over the last decade, smoking rates have dropped, but a new generation of people are experimenting with e-cigarettes

(also known as vape pens or JUUL)

without being aware of the health risks and the potential for a stronger addiction to nicotine.  

E-cigarettes are battery-powered heating devices originally used to deliver liquid nicotine in the form of an aerosol.


E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless "water vapor". The aerosol from e-cigarettes emit dangerous toxins such as heavy metals, ultrafine particulate, and cancer-causing agents.

E-cigarettes also contain propylene glycol or glycerin flavorings.

Some E-cigarettes manufacturers claim these ingredients are safe because the meet the FDA definition of "Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for food additives NOT inhalation.

Effects of these inhaled ingredients are largely unknown

Lung inflammation and disease (i.e.: Popcorn Lung)

75% of e-cigarette flavors tested contained diacetyl

Currently e-cigarettes are not an approved method to quitting smoking.

NJ Quitline doesn’t recommend using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, but will offer support to help NJ residents quit vaping as well.


Youth Use

  • Over 5.4 million youth are current e-cig users.

  • 1 in 4 U.S. High School Students (27.5%)

  • 1 in 10 Middle School Students (10.5%)

  • E-cigarettes have been the most commonly tobacco product used among youth since 2014

Increased Use & Trends

  • In 2019, More than one-third (34.2%) of high school e-cigarette users now report using 20 or more days per month, while 18% of middle school users report such frequent use

  • In 2019, 64% of high schoolers who used e-cigarettes reported using mint or menthol flavored products. That’s a 13% increase from last year.


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