Skip to Content

Smoking & Cancer

If you use smoking and tobacco products, you’re at higher risk for developing cancer. However, it’s never too late to quit using tobacco.Quitting Smoking

Smoking is responsible for:

  • 87% of all lung cancer cases
  • 30% of all deaths from cancer
  • Raising the risk of developing more than eight types of cancer

Smoking also contributes to:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung diseases (emphysema, asthma, etc.)
  • Low birth rate in newborns
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Secondhand Smoke Facts

People who live with smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer themselves, even though they do not smoke.

Children whose parents smoke at home are hospitalized more often during their first year of life for bronchitis and pneumonia than children of nonsmokers.

Tips for lowering your risk of developing cancer from smoking:

  • Don’t start using tobacco products
  • Quit if you are using tobacco products (including chewing tobacco and snuff)
  • Avoid being in places with secondhand smoke
  • Educate your children about not using tobacco products
Request an Appointment

Resources

Calculate your cancer risk

Subscribe to Focused on Health, our newsletter

Show You Care!

Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center

Did you know you can get your mammogram or prostate exam at MD Anderson's Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center? Most major insurance plans are accepted. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-877-632-6789.

Find Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test new cancer drugs, diagnostic procedures and therapies on humans.


© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center