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Harmful Effects of Tobacco

Smoking leads to more than 1,300 deaths each day and remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the country. From heart and respiratory diseases to more than a dozen types of cancer, the health consequences of commercial tobacco use are staggering. Even more, tobacco use isn't just a health issue for individual smokers — it affects the environment, the economy and the health of nonsmokers through secondhand smoke.

Explore our research and resources on the harmful effects of tobacco.

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