Health Department

Tobacco Prevention


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TOBACCO FACTS
  • More Americans have died from smoking than in all the wars the United States has fought.
  • Nicotine is a drug that is as addictive as cocaine and heroin
  • Cigarette smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals in it
  • If you don’t start as a teen, chances are you’ll never smoke
  • Nearly half of all smokers who keep smoking will die from tobacco use
  • Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat, stomach and pancreas
  • If they could do it over, 70 percent of young people who smoke say they would not have started

 

SECONDHAND SMOKE FACTS

  • Secondhand smoke is what smokers breathe out
  • Secondhand smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals
  • Smoke from the end of a cigarette has more toxins than smoke exhaled by the smoker
  • Each year, more than 3,000 nonsmokers die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke
  • Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children
  • Secondhand smoke can make asthma worse
  • NO AMOUNT OF SECONDHAND SMOKE IS SAFE