Smoke is No Joke

By: Jaqlynn Cassady

What is tobacco?

Tobacco is a plant whose leaves are often dried, and smoked.

Have you ever passed someone and noticed that they do not smell very well? Have you ever not hung out with a person for this reason? Well, they smell this way because of smoking. Smoking is highly dangerous and causes a lot of short and long-term effects.

What are some short- term effects of smoking?

  • Addiction to nicotine ( nicotine is HIGHLY addictive and is found in ALL tobacco products)
  • Damage to the respiratory system
  • Decreased lung capacity
  • Chronic cough
  • Bronchitis, asthma
  • Bad breath; bad taste in mouth
  • Smelly hair and clothes
  • Yellow or brown stains on teeth
  • Increased likelihood of drug use and risky behavior
  • Death from fire (number one cause of death from fire is smoking)

What are long-term effects of smoking?

  • Heart problems (lead to heart attack; can cause strokes)
  • Cancer (Lung, Upper Respiratory Tract, Cervical, Larynx, Mouth, Throat, Pancreas, Kidney, & Bladder)
  • Lung disease (Chronic bronchitis and leading cause of emphysema~lung condition marked by abnormal increase in the size of the air sacs, resulting in labored breathing and increases susceptibility to infection)
  • Other health problems