The facts sections of those anti-tobacco sites introduce what is tobacco, such as the chemical ingredients of tobacco, the basics about smokers (youth), and what kinds of diseases tobacco can cause.
- The average age of first tobacco use is now 11-15 (CDC. 1994)
- Among smokers aged 12-17 years, 70% already regret
their decision to smoke and 66% say they want to quit (The George Gallup Int'l Institute, 1992)
- Everyday, 3,000 young people become regular smokers (Pierce, J. JAMA. 1989)
- More than 3 million American adolescents currently
smoke and more than 1 million adolescents use spit tobacco (CDC 1994)
Did you know that:
- Every 13 seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.
- Second hand smoke kills some 50,000 Americans each
year, making it the third leading cause of death.(AHA & ACS)
- 33% of young people who become regular smokers will die
of a smoking related death (CDC, Prevention Works)
- Lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading
killer among women. (ACS & AHA)
- Cigar smoking causes cancer of the throat, mouth and
Cigarette smoke contains over 3,000 chemicals
- Acetone (nail polish remover)
- Hydrogen cyanide (rat poison)<
- Nicotine (cockroach killer)
- Hydrazine (rocket fuel)
- Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
Wait- there's still more!
- Smoking causes more death every year than fires, auto
crashes, AIDS, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, murders and suicides combined.
- Younger or less confident children may be less likely
to attempt to purchase tobacco if they must request it from a clerk. (Institute of Medicine, 1994)
- Spit and chewing tobacco, light cigarettes, cigars and
pipe tobacco are NOT safe alternatives to regular cigarettes.
- Women appear to be more susceptible to the addictive
properties of nicotine and have a slower metabolic clearance of nicotine from their
bodies. (NHI Survey 91-92)
- On average, someone who smokes a pack or more a day of
cigarettes lives 6.6 years less than someone who never smokes regularly.
(CDC, Prevention Works)