Tobacco

Get the facts…

  • Leading cause of lung cancer
  • Leading cause of mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, and kidney cancer
  • Causes tooth loss
  • Takes 8 seconds to reach the brain & make changes
  • Over 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke that cause chronic bronchitis, heart disease, & stroke
  • Over 4,000 Americans  die from tobacco-related cause every year
  • More than 1 million teens (under the age of 18) become regular smokers every year

Before you risk it…

  • It is ILLEGAL for anyone under 18 to buy cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco-related products
  • More than 90% of teens who use tobacco daily experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit
  • Smoking affects your appearance; causing dry skin, premature wrinkles, gray hair, & hair loss
  • Smoking affects your ability to play sports; causing shortness of breath, dizziness, & dehydration
  • Secondhand smoke affects others, killing about 3,000 nonsmokers every year

Know the signs…

  • Wheezing or coughing
  •  Bad breath
  • Smelly hair and clothes
  •  Yellow-stained teeth and fingers
  • Frequent colds
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Difficulty keeping up with sports or athletic activities
  • Bleeding gums (smokeless tobacco)
  • Frequent mouth sores (smokeless tobacco)