Be Cool - Don't Be a Smoking Fool

Statistics

  • Each day 3,000 children smoke their first cigarette.
  • Of the 3,000 teens who started smoking today, nearly 1,000 will eventually die as a result from smoking.
  • At least 3 million teens are smokers.
  • Of every 100,000 15 year old smokers, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of 70.
  • More than 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were teens.
  • Although only 5 percent of high school smokers said that they would definitely be smoking five years later, close to 75 percent were still smoking 7 to 9 years later.

Conditions Caused by Smoking

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Lung disease

  • Higher blood pressure

  • Stroke
  • Bronchitis

Ways to Quit

  • Cold Turkey
  • Patch
  • Gum
  • Seeds
  • Cut back

Chemicals in Cigarettes

  • Formaldehyde - part of the resin used in foam insulation, plywood, fiberboard and particleboard. It can cause nasal cancer, as well as damaging the digestive system, skin and lungs.
  • Lead - lead damages the nerves in the brain, as well as the kidneys and the human reproductive system. Lead intake can also cause stomach problems and anemia. It is a known carcinogen and is particularly toxin to children. Lead is used in paint and metal alloys.
  • Tar - consists of several cancer-causing chemicals. When a smoker inhales cigarette smoke, 70% of the tar remains in the lungs. Try the handkerchief test. Fill the mouth with smoke, don't inhale, and blow the smoke through the handkerchief. There will be a sticky, brown stain on the cloth. Do this again, but this time inhale and the blow the smoke through the cloth, there will only be a very faint light brown stain.
  • Carbon Monoxide - this is a poisonous gas. It has no smell or taste. The body finds it hard to differentiate carbon monoxide from oxygen and absorbs it into the bloodstream. Faulty boilers emit dangerous carbon monoxide, as to car exhausts. If there is enough carbon monoxide around you and you inhale it, you can go into a coma and die. Carbon monoxide decreases muscle and heart function, it causes fatigue, weakness, and dizziness. It is especially toxic for babies still in the womb, infants and individuals with heart or lung disease.
  • Toluene - causes confusion, memory loss, nausea, weakness, anorexia, and drunken movements. It is also associated with permanent brain damage. The chemical is used in resins, oils and solvents.
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