Avoid Tobacco

You can reduce your risk for cancer and other diseases if you quit tobacco or never start. Tobacco causes many types of cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer-related death.

Tobacco has thousands of harmful chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals have been linked to cancer. All tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, have nicotine. Nicotine is harmful and addictive. It makes quitting tobacco very hard.

Tobacco is harmful in any amount and any form:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes and hookahs
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Smokeless tobacco (also called chewing tobacco, dip, chew, or snuff)

 

Get Help Quitting

Even if you have used tobacco for a long time or already have cancer, you can benefit from quitting now. For people with cancer, quitting tobacco helps the body heal and respond better to treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Quitting tobacco can reduce your risk of cancer coming back or getting a second cancer.

Tobacco can be hard to quit. It can be hard to avoid if you live with someone who uses tobacco. The resources below can help you or your loved one quit.