HEALTH EFFECTS OF TOBACCO AND OTHER NICOTINE PRODUCTS
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. About 7 in 10 middle and high school students are exposed to e-cigarette adds online, in stores, and other media sources. Many teens begin using cigarettes or e-cigarettes under the impression that “experimenting” is harmless. No amount of tobacco use is safe. No form of tobacco is safe.
Smoking tobacco releases toxins that are inhaled causing damage to the lungs, blood cells, and brain. Nicotine in the brain and blood releases epinephrine (adrenaline) which increases blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.
Nicotine is highly addictive because it releases dopamine which stimulates the brains reward and pleasure centers. This increases the risk of addiction to other drugs that create equal or greater pleasure.
Other forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, hookah, and e-cigarettes, contain nicotine and can cause increased heart rate, breathing problems, and future addiction. Studies suggest that e-cigarettes, which are popular among teens, likely lead to use of other tobacco products including conventional cigarettes.
Smoking: Robbing the Future
Cigarette companies have a long history of marketing to youth. This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explores the various ways the tobacco industry targets young people, the growing popularity of emerging products, such as e-cigarettes, and the dangers associated with those products. If we don't do more to prevent youth from starting to smoke, one out of every 13 children alive today in this country will die early from smoking.
TIPS FROM FORMER SMOKERS
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. An ad campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features individuals who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They offer tips on how to live with this condition.