FACTS ABOUT TOBACCO:
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States
It causes heart disease, cancers and strokes.
FACTS ABOUT CIGARETTE SMOKING:
Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and spit tobacco is addictive.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical components, and at least 250 of these chemicals are harmful to human health. Some of those chemicals are:
NICOTINE: a deadly poison
ARSENIC: used in rat poison
AMMONIA: a powerful toilet cleaner
FACTS ABOUT CIGAR SMOKING:
Many people think that little cigars are safer because they look more natural, when in fact they contain the same harmful chemicals as in cigarettes.
Smoking little cigars increases the risk of mouth, throat, voice box and lung cancers.
Cigar smoke is very harmful even to non-smokers around you.
FACTS ABOUT SMOKELESS TOBACCO:
Spit tobacco and cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes; low-tar and additive-free cigarettes are not safe either.
Smokeless tobacco (a.k.a. chew, dip, snuff) causes leukoplakia, which looks like white patches and sores on your cheeks, gums, and/or tongue and puts you at risk for mouth cancer.
Spit tobacco is jam-packed with nicotine, sweeteners, abrasives and over 3,000 chemicals (at least 28 of them cause cancer).
THE BOTTOM LINE: CHOOSE NOT TO SMOKE.
If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking or dipping, please call:
References: Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/tobacco
ABOUT TOBACCO-FREE COLLEGES
Tobacco-Free Colleges is the NC Division of Public Health’s program that provides assistance to all NC campuses in adopting and implementing tobacco-free policies and in promoting cessation.