Health effects of using tobacco
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 United States
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)2,3, in 2018, the last year for which data is available:
- 18 percent of adults in South Carolina smoked cigarettes4
- Nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults (an estimated 34.2 million adults) 18 and older smoked cigarettes
- More than 16 million Americans lived with a smoking-related disease
- Thousands of young people started smoking every day – a fact that anecdotal evidence finds occurs still today
- In 2017, 21.6 percent of South Carolina youth reported using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, and 10 percent of youth reported smoking cigarettes
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
According to the American Lung Association (ALA)6:
- Most people who smoke today started when they were younger than 18
- Youth nicotine or tobacco use (e.g., smoked, smokeless, or vaped) is not safe
- Youths use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) more than any other tobacco product
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
The ALA says that:
- A young person may try a tobacco product because of parents, social pressure, advertising, and stigma
- A young person who vapes is more likely to smoke cigarettes
- Parents can set a good example for their children by neither using tobacco nor having tobacco in their home
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
The CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips) campaign connects smokers in South Carolina with resources to help them quit. If you smoke and want help quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (7848-669). You can connect with:
- South Caroline resources
- Free tobacco-cessation services
- And more!
To learn about Humana’s tobacco-cessation program and the support we can give you, e-mail
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 rewards7 for taking healthy actions.
Enroll in and complete our tobacco-cessation program8, and you can earn up to $20 in rewards. During the program, you will complete eight coaching sessions. To enroll, e-mail SCMCDCareManagement@humana.com.
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2Smoking and Tobacco Use: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. , opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
3Smoking and Tobacco Use: Fast Facts and Fact Sheets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. , opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
4Extinguishing the Tobacco Epidemic in South Carolina. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. , opens new window. Last accessed on February 6, 2021.
5Smoking and Tobacco Use: Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. , opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
6Kids and Smoking. American Lung Association. , opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
7This Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons Program is only available to members who are 18 years and older.
8The intention is for Tobacco Cessation Program to be completed in seven (7) months but will allow up to 12 months to complete eight (8) sessions giving the member an opportunity to make up for missed coaching sessions.