The Harmful Habit: Tobacco Use

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The Harmful Habit: Tobacco Use

The Harmful Habit: Tobacco UseCreated by Lindsay Evans

The Facts

- Smoking effects every organ in the humanbody and is the leading most preventable cause of death in the United States.- Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S. making the ratio, 1:5 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013).- Smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease, asthma, bladder cancer, COPD, cataracts, tooth decay, premature aging of the skin, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility just to name a few.- Almost 4,000 teens(a day) smoke their first cigarette and about 1,000 of those teens become regular smokers. Half of these teens will then eventually die from their habit (American Lung Association, 2010).- For individuals who start smoking at an early age, they are more likely to develop an addiction to nicotine which makes it extremely difficult to quit using tobacco products.

Which do you choose?

Types of Tobacco Products

CigarettesCigarsCigarillos (Smaller cigars)Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless tobacco)Shisha (Used for hookah)Snuff/ SnusElectronic Cigarettes

How to Say "No"

- Act confident by standing up straight, speaking strongly, and not backing down.- Be firm, strong, but polite.- You can use joking sarcasm: "If my parentsfound out then they probably wouldn't letme see you anymore."- Say the reasons why you do not want to smokeand ask them why they want to smoke.- Repeat yourself.- If you feel bullied or uncomforable, you canalways walk away from the situation.- Just say "No" and stick up for yourself.(American Heart Association, 2012).

ReferencesAmerican Lung Assocation. (2010). How to quit smoking. Retrieved from Heart Association. (2012). Say no to smoking ammunition and tips. Retrieved from for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Data and Statistics. Retrieved from


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