Many people know about some of the harms associated with smoking: lung cancer, heart disease, strokes. But there are a lot of negative health effects related to tobacco that are less obvious. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are several ways in which tobacco negatively impacts nutrition:
Tobacco and nutrition are not independent, stand-alone issues. As the world works to solve the tobacco epidemic, it must also work to solve nutrition issues.
Several new international documents seek to address both, for example, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which contain goals for both tobacco and nutrition.
These are health problems that can, and must, be solved.