People smoke tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Tobacco smoke has many harmful chemicals that cause problems in your whole body, not just your lungs.
Breathing in smoke from someone else who is smoking, called second-hand smoke, can cause the same health problems as smoking yourself.
Smoking while pregnant can hurt the unborn baby and cause:
The baby to be born too early
A low birth weight
Problems with the baby's lungs, including asthma
Electronic cigarettes, called e-cigarettes, contain liquid nicotine and flavored chemicals, not tobacco. The e-cigarette heats the liquid into a vapor that you breathe in.
Smoking hurts nearly every organ in your body. The main smoking-related problems are:
Smoking also makes it more likely you will have:
Smoking also causes:
If you quit smoking, you may go through withdrawal. Withdrawal is when you feel sick after you stop taking a drug that you took for a long time. Smoking withdrawal can cause you to:
Yes, you should talk to your doctor about smoking and how much you smoke.
Your doctor can:
Explain why smoking can harm your body
Help you quit smoking