Tobacco Troubles

Short Term "Fun", Long Term Misery

Why is Smoking Harmful?

  • Smoking causes diseases and ailments such as emphysema, bronchitis, atherosclerosis, cancer, and decreased circulation. Chewing tobacco can cause leukoplakia in addition to mouth cancer.
  • Smoking is addicting because it contains nicotine. Quitting would be a challenge because you would have a compulsive psychological need for nicotine.
  • Poisons in a cigarette include acetone, cresol, DDT, lead, formaldehyde, and polonium. Acetone removes nail polish. Cresol is used to make bombs. DDT is a banned insecticide. Formaldehyde is used to preserve dead bodies. Polonium is radioactive and very deadly.
  • Some side effects of smoking are coughing, stained teeth, shortness of breath, yellow fingers, lack of energy, dry mouth, and dizziness.
  • Smoking causes damage to almost every organ in a person's body.
  • Smoking can cause cancer of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lungs, mouth, throat, or stomach.

How to Stop Smoking

  • Some ways to stop smoking are nicotine-replacement therapy, managing stress usually managed by the nicotine in a cigarette, avoiding alcohol and other triggers of smoking, exercising, and eating vegetables and fruits.
  • Positive effects of quitting are: a better physical appearance, no chronic coughing, no smell of cigarettes on your clothes, no longer having to clean cigarette butts, saving money, and being able to taste food better.