Dangers of Tobacco

Choose to Live Tobacco-Free

Why Some Teens Use Tobacco

- Believe it will help control weight

- Believe it will help them cope with stress

- Believe it makes them seem more mature and independent

- Media Messages (movies, TV, and advertisements)

- Peer Pressure

an estimated 23% of high school students nationwide smoke

Ricks Involved with Smoking

Short-Term Use:

- Brain Chemistry changes

- Respiration & Heart Rate Increase

- Taste buds dull & appetite reduced

- Users have bad breath and yellow teeth

Long-Term Use:

- Chronic Bronchitis

- Emphysema

- Lung Cancer

- Coronary Heart Disease & Stroke

- Weakened Immune System

tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year

Strategies to Help You Avoid Tobacco Use

- Surround yourself with positive influences

- Reduce peer pressure

- Be prepared with refusal skills

Risks of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)

- At more risk to develop asthma

- ETS contains more than 50 chemicals that are known cancer-causing carcinogens

- Lung Cancer

If nonsmoker is pregnant:

- Constricts the blood vessels of an unborn child

- Miscarriage

- Premature Delivery

- Low Birth Weight

secondhand smoke causes about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults