Smoking Impacts the Entire Body

Tobacco and Oral Health

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Periodontal disease is one of the many side effects of smoking.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Tobacco Use

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With 40% of Vermont’s 81,000 smokers impacted by depression and 23% classified as binge drinkers, it’s vital for patients to know that tobacco use impedes their recovery from substance abuse and depression.

Smoking and Respiratory Diseases

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Chemicals from tobacco smoke result in COPD, increased severity of lung disease and higher risk for respiratory infections.

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease

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Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease–the single largest cause of death in the US. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day may show signs of cardiovascular disease.

Smoking and Cancer

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One of every three cancer deaths in the US is linked to smoking–including colorectal cancer and liver cancer.

Smoking and Reproduction

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Tobacco use during pregnancy contributes to the death of the mother, fetus and infant–while smoking before pregnancy can reduce fertility.

Smoking and Diabetes

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Compared to nonsmokers, smokers have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes–a disease that affects over 25 million adults in the US.

What You Need to Know About Smoking

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Studies show that smokers who talk with their health care providers about how to quit dramatically increase their chances of success–especially when medication and counseling are both suggested to the patient.

Smoking and Overall Health

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Smokers die ten years earlier than nonsmokers-and smokers visit the doctor more often, miss more work and experience worse health and sickness.

Arthritis

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Smoking is a contributor to rheumatoid arthritis–a long-term disease that can cause premature death, disability, and compromised quality of life.

Smoking and Adult Blindness

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Smoking restricts blood flow and is now known to cause AMD (Age-related macular degeneration).

Erectile Dysfunction

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Cigarette smoke alters blood flow and smoking interferes with the functioning of blood vessels–both contributors to erectile problems and fertility.

Check out our interactive map below to see the physical and mental impacts of tobacco. Click on either an icon or a part of the body to learn more.