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Smoking | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Once a person starts smoking, he or she quickly becomes addicted to nicotine. The key is to never start smoking. Antismoking campaigns can be effective in spreading this message.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

The health risks from the chemicals found in tobacco are enormous. Tobacco use can cause the following diseases:

  • chronic bronchitis
  • coronary artery disease and other forms of heart disease
  • emphysema
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • lung cancer
  • Tobacco also is a factor in causing the following conditions:

  • decreased life expectancy
  • erectile dysfunction, or impotence
  • gray hair and baldness
  • high blood pressure and circulation problems
  • infertility in men and women
  • osteoporosis and increased risk for bone fractures
  • premature wrinkles
  • weakened immune system
  • What are the risks to others?

    Smoking is a form of air pollution. It exposes others to secondhand smoke. People who are exposed to a significant amount of secondhand smoke share many of the same risk factors as people who smoke. A pregnant woman who smokes increases her risk for miscarriage and other health problems for her baby.

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    Smoking: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/29/01

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