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Dying for a Cigarette?



6,000 young people begin smoking every day, and 1 out of every 3 will develop a Tobacco-Related Disease Cigarette Smoking is the Number One cause of Lung Cancer Annual Deaths attributed to Tobacco:

Annual Deaths attributed to Secondhand Smoke:


Smoking causes more than $167 billion each year in health-related costs, including the cost of lost productivity due to smoking. Smoking-related medical costs totaled more than $75 billion in 1998 and accounted for 8% of personal health care medical expenditures. Death-related productivity losses due to smoking among workers cost the US economy more than $92 billion yearly (average for 1997-2001). For each pack of cigarettes sold in 1999, $3.45 was spent on medical care due to smoking, plus $3.73 in lost productivity, for a total cost of $7.18 per pack.

One pack a day @ $5.00 per pack:

=$35.00 per week =$140.00 per month =$1,680 per year =$16,800 over 10 years

Nicotine Addiction:
One cigarette gives you about 10 puffs, and each inhale delivers a jolt of nicotine that reaches your brain within 7 seconds, faster than any other delivery method. Now there's your brain, stimulated to produce powerful chemical messengers, chief amongst them being norepinephrine, which regulates alertness and arousal. Then there's dopamine, which is part of your brain's pleasure mechanism, also achieved by many other ways, including exercise, and don't forget betaendorphin, to lessen anxiety and pain. All in all, you are in the addictive grip of a series of repeated pleasure "hits." Sort of mildly smiley, unworried, alert relaxation. With each hit you reinforce the seemingly positive experience, and smoking becomes a habitual part of your life. Thus, Nicotine Addiction has occurred!

Tobacco Reality:

Tobacco Poster Child

What is found in Cigarettes?

Urea: (found in urine) is added to cigarettes to make the smoke seem smooth. Urea also increases the amount of nicotine that you take into your

Formaldehyde: Primary chemical found in Embalming Fluid

Ammonia: Common chemical found in household cleaners; smooths the tobacco and increases absorption of nicotine

Smoking and Tobacco

Chemicals in Tobacco Products:

Cigarettes contain over 4 000 chemicals including tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide, radioactive compounds, irritant substances (for example, hydrogen cyanide, acetone, ammonia, arsenic, phenol, naphthalene). The main ones that cause problems are tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide.
Tar is the main cause of lung, mouth and throat cancer in smokers aggravates bronchial and respiratory diseases Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that first stimulates the brain and then depresses it is also a poison has a dramatic effect on the circulatory system, increasing the heart rate and constricting small blood vessels Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless and very poisonous gas is taken up faster by blood in the lungs than oxygen. The blood has less oxygen to supply the cells of the body

Harmful Chemicals in Cigarettes:

Each puff of cigarette smoke has in over 4000 chemicals, 40 of which we know cause cancer!!! And did you know that Nicotine, the addictive ingredient of cigarettes is used in agriculture as an insect killer? Each drag you take on a cigarette also has in the following household chemicals you may find familiar: Acetone = Wall paint stripper. Arsenic = Ant poison. Ammonia = Floor and toilet cleaner. Butane = Lighter fluid. Carbon Monoxide = Car exhaust. DDT = Insecticide. Methanol = NASA fuel. Naphthalene = Moth balls. Nicotine = Insecticide and weed killer. Vinyl Chloride = PVC pipes.

Types of Smoke:

Smoke: Smoke: Smoke:

Breathing in the smoldering smoke of a pipe, cigar, cigarette, joint


Directly inhaling a smoked substance


Inhaling the exhaled smoke of the person that is smoking

Effects of smoking on the Newborn:

Smoking and Pregnancy:Is Your Baby


Cigarette smoking is one of the most dangerous activities to do during pregnancy. Chemicals from cigarette smoke are passed to your unborn baby. These chemicals decrease the amount of oxygen and food available to the growing fetus, and increases the risk for the following health problems: Underdeveloped lungs Lower birth weight and size Developmental of health problems (delayed speech, cerebral palsy, visual and hearing difficulties, learning disabilities and respiratory problems) Increased risk for developing ADD and ADHD Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Increased fetal blood pressure Stillbirth Miscarriage Asthma Hyperactivity

Help them quit before they are born. . .

Smoking + Lung Cancer = Pre-Mature Death

How Cool Does Joe Look Now?

Health Problems with Smoking:

Lung Cancer Throat Cancer Bronchitis Emphysema Heart Disease Pulmonary Disease Pneumonia

Anti Smoking Campaigns:

Quitting Smoking:

Tips to Quitting:
Make a commitment to quit Set goals to successfully quit Decide which quit smoking program would best for you

Different programs work different for everybody

Consult with people who have quit Eat healthy and exercise regularly

Smoke Free: