Preventing Tobacco Related Diseases

Preventing Tobacco Related Diseases


Smoking is the leading cause of cancer in the United States. Many people are under the impression that smoking can only cause lung cancer, when in fact, smoking also puts you at high risk for the following cancers:

  • Lung cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Nasal cavity cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Acute myeloid leukemia

Cancer is a scary word, and often times it receives the most attention when learning about smoking risks, but smoking also increases your risk of many types of chronic  (life-long) diseases: 

  • Stroke
  • Blindness, cataracts
  • Periodontitis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease
  • COPD, asthma, and other respiratory effects
  • Hip fractures
  • Reproductive effects in women (including reduced fertility)
  • Impotence in men

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Your Tool Box for Quitting Tobacco – How to Quit for Good

Learn from a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist how nicotine affects the body, how the brain develops dependence, and why it can be so challenging to quit cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. This class is open to patients, family members, caregivers, and staff.

Swedish Issaquah

Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m.
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Tuesday, Dec. 2, noon-1 p.m.
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Issaquah Library

Monday, Nov. 17, 7-8 p.m.
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First Hill Cancer Institute

Tuesday, Nov. 18, noon-1 p.m.
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Quit Smoking



Swedish offers smoking-cessation resources including individualized counseling, brochures and materials.  Download a brochure