Health Effects

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.

More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations to General Public & People Who Vape

  • Anyone who thinks they may be experiencing serious breathing problems linked to vaping should seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not buy vaping products off the street – you do not know what they really contain that could be harmful to your health.
    • Vaping products bought on the street may contain THC or other cannabinoids.
    • Do not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to them.
  • E-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.

Quit Smoking Help

  • Adult smokers attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications.
  • If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your healthcare provider or call the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help and nicotine replacement therapy.

For more information on programs provided by the Medina County Health Department, please contact:

Libby Thomas, BSPH, CHES

Health Educator

4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256

330-723-9688, extension 638

Libby Thomas

For more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) click links below:

Smoking and Tobacco Use

Electronic Cigarettes

Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-Cigarette Products August 30, 2019

Smoking Can Damage Nearly Every Part of Your Body.
Electronic Cigarettes: What's the Bottom Line?