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 your toboacco 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 the dangers of tobacco. more

What Insurance providers must do

  • Provide tobacco cessation coverage. more

What healthcare providers should so

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