Student Health Center

Healthy You @ RSUAugust 2008

Would you smoke if you knew?

  • Smoking kills more Americans each year than any of these combined. (American Cancer Society)
    • alcohol
    • car accidents
    • suicide
    • AIDS
    • homicide
    • illegal drugs
  • Nicotine is actually more addictive than heroin (Surgeon General Coop 1988)
  • Even 30 minutes of secondhand smoke exposure daily can cause heart damage similar to that of a habitual smoker. 
  • People who are exposed to daily secondhand smoke have a 30% higher death and disease rate than that of non-smokers. 
  • Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems than children from non-smoking families.
  • It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes 3,000 lung cancer deaths and more than 50,000 coronary heart disease deaths every year.
  • (Surgeon General's 2006 Report)
  • Smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body, is linked to at least 15 different cancers), and accounts for some 30% of all cancer deaths. (American Cancer Society)

For information on smoking cessation contact:

RSU Student Health Center