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Health Effects of Smoking on the Pancreas

Your pancreas is located near the top of your small intestine. It has two very different purposes in your body. First, it helps digestion by releasing enzymes into the small intestine. Second, it regulates glucose levels in the blood. It does this by releasing hormones called insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream.

The Health Effects of Smoking on the Pancreas

Smoking causes pancreatic cancer. In 2003, an estimated 30,700 new cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed in the United States, and 30,000 deaths were attributed to it.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Smokers who quit reduce their risk of developing cancer of the pancreas.

Source: Surgeon General's 2004 Report

Health Effects of Smoking on the Body

What Smoking Does to the Brain - Smoking has physical and psychological effects on the brain.

Smoking Affects the Eyes - Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts.

Mouth, Throat Larynx, Esophagus - Are all effected by smoking and secondhand smoke.

Smoking Damages the Lungs - Smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.

Smoking Damages the Heart - Smoking damages the heart and weakens the blood vessels.

How Smoking Affects the Stomach - Smoking causes stomach cancer.

Smoking and the Kidneys - Smoking also causes kidney cancer.

Smoking Damages your Bladder - Smoking is also cause cancer of the bladder.

Smoking and the Pancreas - Smoking causes pancreatic cancer.

Smoking and Pregnancy - Smoking harms both the mother and the unborn child.
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