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Health Consequences of Drug Misuse


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Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of cancer in the United States. Smoking cigarettes has been linked to cancer of the mouth, neck, stomach, and lungs, among others. Nonsmoking people exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke increase their chances of developing lung cancer in addition to other health problems.

Young adult males who use marijuana and began their use during adolescence are at risk for an aggressive form of testicular cancer.

Drugs that may cause cancer:

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NIDA. (2017, March 23). Health Consequences of Drug Misuse. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse

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