Smoking cigarettes causes bladder cancer—this is not news. What is news is that the risk for smokers of getting bladder cancer is now five times higher than for nonsmokers than it was in the mid-1990s, according to a study in the Journal of the American Cancer Institute.
The study looked at smokers in New Hampshire, among other places. The researchers believe that the increase is because there are more bladder carcinogens in cigarettes now than a in previous years.
Visit SmokeFree.gov for tips and resources to get yourself off nicotine. And remember, quitters "fail" multiple times before they kick the habit; I put "fail" in quotes because it's not a failure if trying a few times leads you to ultimately kicking the butts—it's just part of the process.