Questions About Smoking

Questions About Smoking

Answers About Smoking

Does smoking affect my physical fitness and readiness?

Yes. Even if you can’t see or feel the difference, tobacco negatively impacts your physical fitness and readiness in many ways. For example:

  • Smokers have less endurance than non-smokers.
  • You are more likely to be injured during physical activity if you smoke, and it can take longer to heal after an injury.
  • Smoking can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and coughing.
  • You may have difficulty seeing in the dark since nicotine can reduce your night vision.

Quitting tobacco can improve your physical fitness and readiness, get started on your own quit journey today.

What is secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke includes:

  • Smoke from a burning tobacco product.
  • Smoke breathed out by a smoker.

Secondhand smoke contains the same chemicals in smoked tobacco (e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes or hookah) and can be inhaled by anyone around you including friends, family, children and pets. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.

Inhaling secondhand smoke can cause nonsmokers to develop breathing problems like coughing, wheezing and asthma. It can also cause other serious health problems like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Exposure to secondhand smoke makes your children more likely to have more ear infections, asthma attacks, and coughing and sneezing. It also increases their chances of developing bronchitis and pneumonia. Pets that are exposed to secondhand smoke can get cancer.

Secondhand smoke can be deadly. Every year, it contributes to the deaths of about 41,000 nonsmoking adults and 400 infants.