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Tobacco as a Risk Factor

Tobacco use is a known risk factor for many diseases.  Here are some programs that the Department of Health administers to address some of these diseases.

Cancer Screening and Early Detection Locations

Asthma Awareness and Education Program (AAEP)

Heart Disease & Stroke

Diabetes Prevention and Control

The Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness

As part of the State’s ongoing effort to address tobacco use, treatment, and exposure to secondhand smoke, we offer funding to qualified agencies to help and encourage people to quit tobacco use and to conduct prevention and enforcement activities.

Why Should You Avoid Using Tobacco?

About one in six New Jersey adults (15.1 percent) in New Jersey smokes cigarettes regularly, according to the 2014 New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, tobacco claims more lives than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires combined.

Risks of Smoking: 

  • Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels
  • Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways your lungs
  • Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body
  • Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant and can affect her baby's health before and after birth
Last Reviewed: 4/13/2017