Cigarettes

No one digs the cigs!

Category: Stimulant (nicotine)

Statistics About Cigarette Use

  • Use of tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the United States
  • About 20% of deaths in the United States each year are due to cigarette smoking
  • Almost 9 million people suffer illness due to cigarette smoke each year
  • Nearly 50,000 people who don't smoke die each year due to secondhand smoke
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Don't be a pig – don't smoke that cig!

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Short Term Effects

  • Immediately increases heart rate, blood pressure, and speed of breathing
  • Causes the body to release adrenaline
  • Increases stress in the short term
  • Causes coughing and respiratory problems
  • Makes physical activity difficult and painful
  • Immediate increased risk of pneumonia
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Long Term Effects

  • Long-term smokers lose about 13 years of their lives due to the drug
  • About 1/3 of all cancer is caused by cigarette smoking, including 90% of lung cancer
  • Carbon monoxide in the smoke increases the chance of heart disease
  • Men who smoke are more likely to be impotent
  • Smoking while pregnant can cause miscarriage, learning disabilities for the child, and increased chance of addiction for the child
  • Increases the risk of influenza

What's in a Cigarette?

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Social Consequences

  • Secondhand smoke in the home can physically hurt family members and make them ill
  • Cigarettes are expensive and the cost trades off with more important things like food
  • The addictive nature of cigarette smoking means you can't enjoy life without constantly smoking a cigarette
  • Bad breath and yellowing skin is socially unacceptable – you'll lose friends!
  • It is illegal in most states for teens under 18 to smoke or buy cigarettes
  • It is nearly impossible to compete well in sports while being a smoker due to the effects on the respiratory system