Nicotine Dependence
Health Risks

Tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually in the United States.

Smoking can damage virtually all systems of your body and can cause:

Cardiovascular Disease

Lung Disease


Reproductive Conditions

Other Conditions

Other conditions related to smoking include:

  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodontitis or gum disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease

Second-hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke can cause premature death and disease in both children and adult non-smokers.

Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and may also develop:

  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Ear problems
  • More severe asthma
  • Respiratory symptoms and slowed lung growth if parents smoke

Adults exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk for coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Second-hand smoke may also have an immediate negative effect on your cardiovascular system.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

Related Information

UCSF Clinics & Centers

Tobacco Treatment Center
1701 Divisadero Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-7895
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