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Did you know?
  • Smoking is the most preventable cause of death
  • Women who smoke generally have earlier menopause
  • Everyday nearly 3000 young people under age 18 become new regular smokers
  • Nationwide, 53,000 people die each year from second-hand smoke
  • Smoking while using oral contraceptives (the pill) increases risk of stroke (especially in women over 30)
  • Yearly smoking kills more people than HIV, alcohol, drugs, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires combined.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and is found in tobacco. It is also one of the most heavily used drugs and smoking is the most popular method of use. Smoking tobacco is a major cause of stroke and one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. There are about 440,000 deaths annually related to smoking which isn’t surprising when you consider that there are about 4700 chemicals found in tobacco smoke, some of which are used to clean toilets and preserve dead bodies.

Nicotine Withdrawal
  • Hostility 
  • Difficulty dealing w/ stress
  • Anger 
  • Impaired psychomotor functions
  • Aggression 
  • Impaired cognitive functions
  • Loss of social cooperation 
  • Hunger

Exposure During Pregnancy
  • Increased risk of stillborns 
  • Low birth weight
  • Increased risk of premature birth 
  • Increased risk of conduct disorder
  • Increased risk of SIDS  (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Possible Consequences of Nicotine/Tobacco use:
  • Headache 
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath 
  • Oral cancer
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Lung damage
  • Slowed circulation 
  • Lung cancer
  • Increased stomach acid 
  • Slowed brain activity
  • Yellow fingers 
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Narrow blood vessels 
  • Stroke
  • Wrinkles 
  • Emphysema
  • Stained & rotted teeth 
  • Bronchial disorders

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