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What you need to know about tobacco

Tobacco

Here’s what’s up with tobacco. It’s stinky, it makes food less desirable, and makes celebrities who do it look ridiculous. So, what do you need to know? That you’re a lot cooler if you don’t smoke. That’s right. Now, let’s get the facts about all this stank.

Dried tobacco leaves are used to create cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing/dipping tobacco, snuff and hookah.

Did you know, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that, if smoking persists at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million adolescents are projected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness? That’s not cool! There’s enough out there to worry about already.

WHAT ABOUT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES?

Electronic cigarettes (or vape pens, e-hookahs, e-cigs) are battery-powered, cigarette-shaped devices where nicotine-based liquid gets vaporized and inhaled. It’s supposed to simulate smoking. Electronic cigarettes get marketed as a safe alternative to smoking or as a way to help current smokers quit. Whatever! Because did you know that the nicotine-based liquid contained in e-cigs contains many toxic chemicals.

  1. Here’s the jest.

Long-term effects of smoking include:

  • Decreased physical performance
  • Increased mucus production
  • Persistent cough
  • Increased heart rate/blood pressure
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Lung/heart disease
  • Periodontitis/gum disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder, cervix, pancreas and kidneys

HOW TO GET HELP

Talk to a trusted adult or seek out local substance abuse treatment centers in your area. It never hurts! A physician or a counselor can also assist in finding treatment.

You can also seek out local self-help groups such as Nicotine Anonymous (NicA). To find out more information about NicA’s services, visit http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/.

Call Centerstone at 1-888-291-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment with a therapist.

If you feel like you need immediate help, please call 1-800-681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.

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