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Smoking and Bladder Cancer

Great American Smokeout

Nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Though not everyone who is diagnosed with bladder cancer has a history of tobacco use, smoking is the single largest preventable risk factor for bladder cancer. Quitting smoking improves health immediately and over the long term – at any age. Stopping smoking and other tobacco use is difficult. You can increase your chances of success with help.

In 2018, November 15 is the Great American Smokeout. Take the first step today to quit smoking!

The Smokeout challenges people to quit on that day or use the day to make a plan to quit.

Risks of Smoking

Smoking is estimated to contribute to 50% of bladder tumors. Second-hand
smoke can also increase the risk for the development of bladder cancer. While many people think “vaping” is safer than smoking, recent research suggests that both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes contribute to an
increased risk for bladder cancer.

Additionally, many other diseases are associated with smoking, such as lung, kidney, and prostate cancer, and heart disease.

For the best chance of quitting tobacco, it helps to know what you are up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. It is hard to quit smoking, but not impossible!

Resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Explore the resources below.


Get The Facts

Find out more about the facts of smoking cessation, smoking, and the risk for bladder cancer.


Get help to stop smoking! There are resources to help you make a plan and stick to it.

Percentage of Americans who Smoke

Smoking rates have decreased over 20% since 2005, but the risk of bladder cancer if you smoke is still too high. Consider quitting smoking for you and your loved ones.

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