Say No to Tobacco!

Diseases Caused by Tobacco Products

  • From all the poisons and chemicals a person breathes in when they smoke, they can get atherosclerosis a disease that can cause their arteries to harden by plaque build-up; it can cause a heart attack or stroke.
  • From cigarettes a person can get emphysema which can cause the air sacs in their lungs to lose their elasticity. This causes a person to have a extremely hard time breathing.
  • By using chewing tobacco you can get leukoplakia which causes pre-cancerous sores can form on your gums (looks like a leathery, white patch) you can also develop "hairy tongue".
  • A person can develop bronchitis which leads to inflammation of the bronchial tubes; causes coughing and soreness in the chest.

Some of the Many Poisons in Cigarettes

  • Butane- used in lighter fluid
  • Ammonia- a household cleaner
  • Arsenic- used as rat poison and to make bullets harder
  • Polonium- radioactive
  • Carbon Monoxide- a deadly gas that is odorless
  • Formaldehyde- used to preserve dead bodies
  • Cadmium- used in batteries
  • DDT- a banned insecticide
  • Lead- used to be found in pencils

Dangers of Smoking Cigarettes

  • Cigarette smoking causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease.
  • The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths each year in the United States.
  • Smoking causes the following cancers

    • Acute myeloid leukemia
    • Bladder cancer
    • Cancer of the cervix
    • Cancer of the esophagus
    • Kidney cancer
    • Cancer of the voice box
    • Lung cancer
    • Cancer of the mouth
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Cancer of the throat
    • Stomach cancer