5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current rates. Here are some resources that can help you get out the word! Read more about Tobacco and Youth Resources
Since arriving on the market in the early 2000’s, e-cigarettes or vaporizers have become rapidly popular as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes; especially among teens and young adults. While they are marketed as safer than tobacco cigarettes, they are created with a potent cocktail of dangerous chemicals. Despite popular belief, the liquid vapors are not water. In fact, they release cancer-causing carcinogens such as formaldehyde and propylene glycol (anti-freeze). Just like tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are addictive due to the synthetic nicotine in their cartridges. Nicotine has been proven to have negative effects on brain development in children and teens. Read more about The Hidden Consequences of E-Cigarettes
"Dipping" is the use of chewable tobacco. Dipping causes lip, cheek, tongue and other types of oral cancer. The longer you dip, the greater your chance of getting oral cancer.
- A dipper's gums start to recede.
- Dip damages mouth tissue beyond repair.
- Mouth sores that look like grayish white places on the inner cheek appear. Nearly 90% of all oral cancers start from these mouth sores.
Dipping is addictive. It contains nicotine and nicotine is a drug. Most new dippers start with sugary, long-cut dip. As they get used to the buzz from the nicotine, they want more. They will start trying finer cut brands with more nicotine. Read more about Dipping
A hookah is a type of water pipe.
- A water pipe cools the smoke so it feels less harsh, but the water does not take away the chemicals in the tobacco.
- Regular hookah smokers have a higher rate of lip and gum cancer.
- A piece of charcoal is placed on top of the tobacco when you smoke from a hookah. A smoker breathes the carbon monoxide and chemicals from the charcoal too.
- When people smoke from hookahs, they are share mouthpieces, which adds to the risk of getting colds, viruses like herpes, oral bacterial infections and tuberculosis.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, yet more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
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