Smoking by ewghwehws



          By: Katie Storey
                     Facts & Statistics
•   According to the surgeon’s general. Teens who smoke were: 3 times more likely to
    use alcohol, 8 times more likely to smoke marijuana, 22 times more likely to use
•   More than 90% of adults started smoking when they were teens
•   If a Childs best friend smokes, then the child is 13 times more likely to smoke than if
    his/her friend did not.
•   Tobacco and nicotine related diseases kill more than 400,000 people every year.
•   Each day, between 82,000 and 99,000 young people around the world start smoking.
•   Every minute 10 million cigarettes are sold.
•   Among tobacco users, someone dies every 8 seconds from tobacco use.
•   A survey found 69.4% of teenage smokers reported never being asked for proof of
    age when buy cigarettes in a store. The same survey found 62.4% were allowed to
    buy cigarettes, even when the retailer was aware that they were under 18.
                    Long-term effects
Life expectancy
• Smoking one package of cigarettes can take 28 minutes of the smokers life span.
    One carton of cigarettes is equivalent to 1.5 days of their life lost. On average
    smokers can expect their life to be shortened by approximately 25 years. (A 30 year-
    old smoker could expect to live to age 65 as compared to a non-smoker of the same
    age, could expect to live to age 83). These smoking-related deaths start as early as
    age 35. not only does smoking effect those that smoke, but it can also shorten the life
    span of their children. (Second hand smoking).
• Stroke is a disease that effects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke
    occurs when a blood vessel, that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either
    blocked by a clot, or bursts, when this happens, part of the brain can’t get the blood
    and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.
• Stroke is the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. According
    to the stroke association more than 8,000 people are predicted to die of stroke from
    smoking in the next millennium. Stroke can bring disabilities in anyone that suffers
    from it. One side of the body can become either partially or completely unable to
    function, which can severely diminish the quality of life and negatively effect mental
Heart disease
• There are many factors that cause the risk of developing heart disease, including
   physical inactivity, family history, and diet. However being a smoker significantly
   increases the risk of developing heart disease all by itself. This happens because
   smoking increases blood pressure and high blood pressure is known as the silent
   killer. Smoking also makes the development of blood clots more likely. These clots
   are what block the flow of blood in the heart, to cause death.
• COPD is an acronym for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a progressive,
   life long disease that cannot be cured. COPD patients have a very hard time
   breathing, easily enough to perform simple tasks, such as dressing themselves and
   walking from one side of the room to the other. They may eventually have to carry
   and wear an oxygen supply everywhere in addition to taking medications to enable
   their breathing.
•   Tobacco advertising and endorsement enhances the possibility of teenagers to begin
•   Teenagers come across cigarette ads in magazines, convenience stores, e.t.c. which
    makes teenagers soft targets of tobacco companies. Tobacco companies try to lure
    teenagers by demonstration of expensive ad promotion that associates glamour with
•   Teenagers who often feel insecure about their appearance and their social life,
    cigarette ads use their insecurities to make empty promises, by giving teens the
    message that smoking can help them become attractive, desirable, and independent,
    when the reality is the opposite.
•   There are several reasons why tobacco companies target children and teens… to
    keep profits up, new customers need to be recruited to replace the thousands of
    smokers that die each day. Tobacco companies know that very few people begin
    smoking as adults, therefore, their best customers are teenagers.
  How to tell if someone is smoking
Signs that someone may be smoking, and trying to hide it are:
• Bad breath
• Stained teeth
• Yellow stained fingers/fingernails
• Bloodshot eyes
• Loss of appetite
• Reduced of athletic performance
• Greater risk of injury and slower healing time
•   www.teensmoking

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