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The Facts

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 basics:

  • 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 lungs.

Cigarette smoke contains over 3,000 chemicals including:

  • 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)
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Last updated: November 28, 2000.