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Quit Smoking

Smoking is a preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Quitting Smoking: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about quitting smoking.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health

This online document addresses the short and long-term effects of nicotine addiction and the smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. The negative health consequences of using spit tobacco, snuff, clove cigarettes, bidis and hookahs (water pipes) are discussed as well.

Review Date: June 20, 2012

American Cancer Society

2012 Surgeon General's Report—Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. According to the Surgeon General's Report, programs are critical in preventing young people from starting to use tobacco in the first place, and more than pay for themselves in lives and health care dollars saved.

Review Date: August 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Be Good to Your Heart

Don't Burn Your Life Away--Be Good to Your Heart discusses the harmful effects tobacco abuse can have on the body.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

CDC Vitalsigns: Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the US. If you smoke, consider asking your doctor for help in making a plan to quit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cost of Smoking Calculator

Use this tool to calculate how much money you spend on cigarettes.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center

Does Smoking Cigars Raise Your Risk of Cancer and Death?

Find out the many diseases that are linked to cigar smoking, such as heart and lung disease, bladder and pancreatic cancers, and more.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

American Cancer Society

Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. Learn why it is important to stop smoking.

Review Date: December 27, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You- (PDF)

This easy-to-read booklet summarizes the 2010 Surgeon General report and explains new scientific findings about how deadly cigarettes are and how quickly they can damage your body.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Minority Women's Health: American Indians/Alaska Natives and Smoking

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest smoking rates of any group in the United States. In fact, 29 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women smoke. Smoking increases your risk of many major health problems. Find information here on how to quit smoking.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Nicotine Addiction Quiz

Knowing how addicted you are to nicotine can help you quit smoking. The results from this quiz can help you design a personalized plan based on your smoking habits.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Nicotine Dependency Calculator

This tool helps you assess your level of nicotine addiction.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center

Podcast: Stop Smoking and Chewing

A recent CDC study found that one in four people use some form of tobacco, such as cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco. In this podcast, Dr. Stacy Thorne discusses different forms of tobacco being used by adults.

Review Date: December 27, 2012

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Questions and Answers About Cigar Smoking and Cancer

Answers your questions about the health risks associated with cigar smoking. Includes information on the differences between cigars and cigarettes; how the health risks associated with cigar smoking are different from those associated with smoking cigarettes; the hazards for nonsmokers; the benefits to quitting; and more.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Secondhand Smoke: Questions and Answers

This fact sheet discusses the health risks of secondhand smoke, including lung cancer, elevated rates of respiratory symptoms and respiratory tract infections in children.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Smoke-Free Home Pledge- (PDF)

Take the Smoke-Free Homes Pledge to protect your family from secondhand smoke.

Review Date: March 07, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Get answers to common questions about smoking and tobacco use, including how to quit, withdrawl symptoms, weight gain, and more.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Smoking and Tobacco Use: Health Effects

This document provides Information on diseases caused by tobacco use, such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Also included is a video on secondhand smoke.

Review Date: July 11, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Smoking and Your Digestive System

This online fact sheet describes how the digestive system is affected by cigarette smoking. The fact sheet explains the ways in which smoking exacerbates or contributes to digestive diseases and conditions.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Take a Close Look at What the Tobacco Industry Won't Show You

A poster showing the possible effects of using spit tobacco, also known as dip and chew, snuff, chewing tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR

Tobacco-Free Sports Initiatives

The Tobacco-Free Sports Playbook and Tobacco-Free Soccer Coach's Manual offer strategies to help youth coaches and teachers communicate tobacco-free and healthy lifestyle messages to youth.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Who Smokes Cigars?

While cigar smokers in the past were mainly middle-aged and older men with higher education and income, parents should be aware that many new cigar users today are teenagers and young adult males. In some states, more high school boys smoke cigars than cigarettes.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

American Cancer Society

Youth Tobacco Prevention

This youth tobacco prevention web page provides educational resources and materials, such as videos, tip sheets, and posters.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion