Tobacco Health Risks

More Americans die from smoking-related illnesses than from AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents, and homicides combined. Tobacco use causes lung and oral cancers, is linked to other cancers, and is a contributing / complicating factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions.

What you should do

  • If you use tobacco, quit. Free help is available. more
  • Work in your local community to pass and support policies that prevent youth tobacco use. more
  • Promote and maintain smoke-free and tobacco-free living whevever people live, learn, work, and play. more
  • Be aware of how the tobacco industry targets teens. more
  • Educate children about tobacco health harms. more

What Insurance providers must do

  • Provide tobacco cessation coverage. more

What healthcare providers should do

  • Help patients quit tobacco use through evidence-based tobacco addiction treatment services. more
  • Refer patient who smoke or use other tobacco products to Quitworks-RI for free telephone counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gum, patches, or lozenges (while supplies last).