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Health effects of using tobacco

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people in the U.S. die each year from using or exposure to tobacco products.1 If you want to stop using tobacco or e-cigarettes, we can help.

Smoking/using cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco:

  • Can cause or worsen diseases or conditions, such as asthma or cancer
  • Exposes anyone near you to secondhand smoke
  • Harms nearly every organ of the body
  • Is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Additional information about tobacco use and why to quit, PDF

Health effects of vaping and e-cigarettes


  • Are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air
  • Are known by many different names (e.g., e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, and electronic nicotine delivery systems)
  • Come in many shapes and sizes
  • Often have a battery, heating elements, and place to hold liquid
  • Often look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes

All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes:

  • Are not safe to use
  • Can lead to the long-term use of tobacco products
  • Contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and negatively can affect brain development

If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes—don’t start!

If you smoke or use other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, we can help you quit.

Get help quitting

If you smoke and want help quitting, call 800-QUIT-NOW (7848-669). You can connect with:

  • Counseling
  • Free tobacco-cessation services
  • Medication
  • Resources in Ohio

To learn about Humana’s tobacco-cessation program and the support we can give you, email

Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons

Our members can participate in Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons®, a wellness program that offers you the opportunity to earn rewards for taking healthy actions. If you smoke, enroll in our tobacco-cessation program and earn rewards for quitting.

Learn more about Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons


  1. “Smoking Facts,” American Lung Association, last accessed January 26, 2023,
  2. “Smoking and Tobacco Use: Quick Facts on the Risks of E-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed January 26, 2023,

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