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Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.
Source: "Cancer Facts & Figures 2015." American Cancer Society. Atlanta, GA. 2015: 48. Web.
The most common causes of death among people with mental illness are heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, which can all be caused by smoking.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report)
In the U.S., 160,000 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014.
Nicotine increases your heart rate, tenses your muscles, and decreases the oxygen to your brain, despite a reputation for 'relieving stress.'
Source: TeenVogue.com, Tobacco Companies Target People Struggling With Mental Health, Helaina Hovitz. Jan 27, 2017
People with serious mental illness are more likely to smoke, putting them at risk for smoking-related cancer, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Source: American Psychological Association; Kirsten Weir ; Home // Monitor on Psychology // June 2013 Monitor on Psychology // Smoking and mental illness
Even if someone doesn't consider themselves a smoker, every "bummed" cigarette causes damage to vital organs in the body. Give that pancreas a break.
Source: Young, Saundra. "Surgeon General report: Tobacco smoke does immediate damage." CNN. 09 Dec. 2010. Web.
An American Heart Association study finds that e-cigarettes may not be any better than cigarettes for cardiovascular health & researchers found that vaping and smoking can cause a similar level of damage to the arteries.
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association Report. "E-cigarette Users Experience Vascular Damage Siimilar to that of Smokers of Combustible Cigarettes." Mirror Co UK. 29 April. 2020. Press Release.