Why you should quit today (or never start in the first place)
Quitting is easy—I’ve done it a thousand times.Mark Twain
A cigarette contains about 4000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous
TRUE or FALSE?
TRUEThey include:Nicotine: a deadly poisonArsenic: used in rat poisonMethane: a component of rocket fuelAmmonia: found in floor cleanerCadmium: used in batteriesCarbon Monoxide: part of car exhaustFormaldehyde: used to preserve body tissueButane: lighter fluidHydrogen Cyanide: the poison used in gas chambers
On average, smokers get how many more cavities than non-smokers?
230They actually get less
What happens each time smoke is inhaled?
Your heart races slightlySome air sacks in the lungs are killed, and they don’t grow backYour blood pressure is elevated significantlyYou can breathe more clearly
Air sacks in the lungs, called alveoli, are permanently destroyed. They are then unable to transport oxygen to the body.
Which of the following is an ill effect of smoking?
WrinklesBad breathTeeth stainAll of the above
All of the above!Smoking makes you smell bad, gives you wrinkles, and causes teeth stains.
How long can it take to become addicted to cigarettes?
About a month of daily smokingOne cigaretteYou are never truly addicted. Most people can quit at any timeAt least one year of regular smoking
Just one cigarette—for some people. Cigarettes are just as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Even one or two cigarettes a day can put you at risk of becoming addicted.
What percentage of teens think they will still be smoking in one year?
. . . And how many are still smoking in five years?
Of all smokers, how many willprobalydie from the habit?
1 out of 3 – 30%
Why does tar build up in the lungs of smokers?
Smoke that is not exhaled deposits tar in the lungsThe combination of chemicals in a cigarette are poisonous, leaving a tar residueThat is actually a myth that has not been proven.Smoke paralyzes cilia, which usually wave back and forth to remove foreign material
Smoke paralyzes cilia. The littlehairlikestructures cannot then sweep particles from the lungs, such as pollen, dust and other things. So theparticalssit in the lungs and build up tar.
TheCenters for Disease Control and Preventionreports that adult male smokers lose how many years of life to smoking?
A full 13.2
For help quitting, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org