Tobacco Unit Newsletter

7th Grade Health

In the United States 443,000 people die from a tobacco-related death every year.

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During the Tobacco Unit, students will learn about the parts and functions of the respiratory system, some of the harmful ingredients in cigarettes, the short & long-term consequences of tobacco use & second-hand smoke, and some of the marketing strategies of tobacco companies.

Facts About Smoking

- Every day about 3,900 American youth ages 12 to 17 try a cigarette for the first time.

- 1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before age 14.

- Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.

Tips for Quitting

Do you or someone you know use tobacco products? Over 70% of American smokers want to quit. START quitting today!

S = Set a quit date.

T = Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while

quitting.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from

your home, car, and work.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

* Information from: www.smokefree.gov *

Here are some resources for more information about tobacco and/or quitting:


- Nat’l Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse: www.ncada-stl.org;

- Surgeon General: www.surgeongeneral.gov

- Food & Drug Administration: www.fda.gov