Does smoking cause mesothelioma?

No. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable, health-related deaths in the United States. Quitting smoking, or never starting in the first place, reduces risk of several life-threatening diseases. Cigarette smoking has been related to emphysema, heart disease, lung and throat cancer, and bladder cancer, but not mesothelioma.
No. Cigarette smoking does not cause mesothelioma (one form of lung cancer) but it does cause many other forms of lung cancer. However, smoking does increase the risk of developing mesothelioma in conjunction with asbestos exposure.