The web Browser you are currently using is unsupported, and some features of this site may not work as intended. Please update to a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to experience all features Michigan.gov has to offer.
Smoking negatively affects every part of your body:
- Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease among middle-aged men and women.
- Smoking is accountable for 81% of all chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths.
- 21% of all coronary heart disease deaths are attributable to smoking (more than 170,000 deaths each year).
- Is responsible for nearly 90% of lung cancer cases, (100,000 deaths each year).
- Can cause chronic coughing, increased phlegm, emphysema and bronchitis.
- Deaths from lung cancer in women have exceeded breast cancer deaths.
- Smoking is a known cause of cancer of the larynx, oral cavity and esophagus.
- Smoking is a contributing cause of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, uterus, cervix, kidney and stomach.
- The risk of stroke is nearly doubled by smoking.
- Smoking is linked to a higher incidence of depression.
Bones and Skin
- Smoking is associated with the progression of atherosclerosis and hypertension.
- Smoking increases the risk and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Smoking reduces the elasticity in the skin, which causes more prominent skin wrinkling.
Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat and Mouth
- Smoking is linked to hearing loss and vision problems, including cataracts.
- Smoking increases yellowing of the nails and teeth.
- Smoking is linked to gum disease and tooth loss.
- Smoking creates more susceptibility to influenza, pneumonia, and colds.
- Smoking tends to lengthen the recovery time after surgery.
- Smoking may reduce fertility and lead to impotence among men.
Source: A Report of the Surgeon General, Atlanta, GA 2006: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke.