Facts – Rethink Tobacco
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Dumb and dumber…

Fact: Nicotine prevents brain growth. Adolescent's brains are still growing. Using nicotine is like self inflicting brain damage. Fact: Nicotine disrupts the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning and susceptibility to addiction. Stupid AND addicted is just how the tobacco companies want their customers to be.
  1. CDC's ENDS Key Facts

Stress Happens

You can’t control a lot of stuff. (Hello, #covid.) But you can control your relationship with tobacco. Don’t be fooled—smoking or vaping doesn’t make your stress go away. Nicotine actually changes your brain to make anxious feelings more intense. And in the long run, relying on any kind of nicotine actually causes mood swings and stress on the daily. Make your life easier.
  1. Truth Initiative

5 Dangers of Smoking

1. Smoking is addictive. Nicotine is a drug that is naturally present in the tobacco plant and is primarily responsible for a person’s addiction to tobacco products, including cigarettes. The addiction to cigarettes and other tobacco products that nicotine causes is similar to the addiction produced by using drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

2. One cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. Smoking has been found to harm nearly every organ in the body and reduces a person’s overall health.

3. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon, and rectum.

4. Smoking causes heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and worsens asthma symptoms in adults. Smokers are at higher risk of developing pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other airway infections, and smoking weakens the immune system.

5. Smoking makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant. A pregnant smoker is at higher risk of miscarriage, having an ectopic pregnancy, having her baby born too early and with an abnormally low birth weight, and having her baby born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A woman who smokes during or after pregnancy increases her infant’s risk of death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Men who smoke are at greater risk of erectile dysfunction.
  1. Cancer.gov
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information
  3. Cancer.gov
  4. Cancer.gov
  5. Cancer.gov
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5 Dangers of Spit Tobacco

You can call chewing tobacco by whatever name you want – smokeless tobacco, spit tobacco, chew, chaw, plug, snuff, pinch, or dip – but don't call it harmless.

1. 60-78% of chewing tobacco users have oral lesions. Exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach and pancreas.

2. Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 cancer causing chemicals.

3. Smokeless tobacco users are 4-6X more likely to develop oral cancer compared to non-users and these cancers can form within 5 years of regular use.

4. Chewing tobacco is not safer or a safe alternative to smoking. A can of chew contains about the same amount of nicotine as 4 packs of cigarettes.

5. Smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, loose teeth, and mouth lesions including leukoplakia – a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth.
  1. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  2. CDC
  3. TobaccoFreeUtah.org
  4. OralHealthAmerica.org
  5. Cancer.gov
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Killer smokeless tobacco

Think smokeless tobacco is safer than a cigarette? Don’t buy the hype. There is no safe level of tobacco use. Plus, smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay. Gross! Constant exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach, and pancreas.
  1. Cancer.gov
  2. CDC
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  1. Brain damage is irreversible
  2. Loss of brain function
  3. Addicted before you know it
  4. Gateway to smoking
  5. Toxic chemicals and metals
  6. Weak immune system
  7. Nicotine overload
  8. Blood vessel damage

Know the Vape Risks

1. Causes irreversible brain damage: The part of the brain that’s responsible for decision making and impulse control is not yet fully developed until age 25. Teens and young adults are at risk for long-lasting effects including nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control.

2. Causes attention and learning problems: Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

3. Nicotine in vape is highly addictive: Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults.

4. Gateway to smoking: Kids who vape are 4x more likely to start smoking which can lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

5. Toxic chemicals and metals: E-cigarette aerosol isn’t harmless water vapor – it can contain toxic chemicals and metals.

6. Weakens immune system: Vaping weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to all kinds of illnesses and infections.

7. Nicotine overload: Teens may not realize the level of nicotine they are inhaling. For example, 1 JUUL pod = 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.

8. Blood vessel damage: Vape that contains nicotine can increase blood pressure and heart rate and cause arteries to stiffen up. That means a higher risk for a cardiovascular event (think heart attack).

  1. US National Library of Medicine
  2. Surgeon General
  3. Surgeon General
  4. US National Library of Medicine
  5. National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine
  6. US National Library of Medicine
  7. The Truth
  8. MedPage Today & American Heart Association
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Tricks, not treats.

At first glance, it’s hard to tell, isn’t it? Well, that’s no accident. Confusion works in the tobacco companies’ best interest. They WANT you to think products like chew tobacco, vape, mods, JUUL pods, and flavored cigars are as fun and as harmless as candy bars are to kids. That’s because tobacco products are becoming less and less popular and tobacco companies are trying to get people addicted to nicotine in other ways. And it’s working. A recent study right here in South Dakota reports that 47% of young adults have tried e-cigarettes. Most of them are people who would never even think of smoking cigarettes. It’s a trick, not a treat. Nicotine in any form is poison and ADDICTIVE! Don’t buy it.

  1. New England Journal of Medicine
  2. American Lung Association
  3. SD College Student's Perceptions of e-Cigarettes Report, 2015; pg22
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not fit for man nor beast…

Tobacco smoke is full of cancer causing stuff like benzene, formaldehyde, polonium 210, cadmium, and chromium, just to name a few. TOBACCO MESSES WITH YOUR HEALTH BIG TIME. All in all there are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. At least 250 of them are harmful and 69 of them can cause cancer (carcinogens.) NO WONDER it worsens asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, causes mouth and throat cancer, lung cancer, and even fertility problems. This list goes on—Rethink Tobacco.
  1. National Cancer Institute

Wow! I Stunk.

When I quit tobacco, I closed up my car and didn't go in it for a week... When I got in - WHOA! It was terrible! That smell was on my clothes, my hair, everywhere! That's what everyone who doesn't smoke smells. Sorry everyone!!! The SD QuitLine made quitting a whole lot easier. Now I'm smoke-free and life smells a lot better! If you are ready to quit, call the SD QuitLine at 1.866.SD-QUITS or visit RethinkTobacco.com/click-to-call/

Smoking more than one pack of cigarettes per day 

during pregnancy nearly


that the affected child will become

addicted to tobacco if that child starts smoking.

And what’s worse…

Once the tobacco companies get you, they own you for life. A Philip Morris executive was quoted as saying that: ”Students are tremendously loyal. If you catch them, they’ll stick with you like glue.”

If you're thinking about trying tobacco, think again. There are much better things to do with your life.
  1. American Legacy Foundation

About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue
to smoke
tobacco related.


Don’t forget your gas mask. According to the Surgeon General, there is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Tell friends and family that smoke to go outside - or better yet - quit.  
  1. CDC

Vape is not harmless

Most vape products contain nicotine which is not only highly addictive, it can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and cause your arteries to stiffen up. That means you may be putting yourself at a higher risk for a cardiovascular event (think heart attack). Plus, the vapor can contain other chemicals, toxins, and even metals. When those chemicals and toxins build up, your immune system pays the price.

  1. MedPage Today
  2. National Library of Medicine
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Healthy lungs don’t look like this.

But just a few years of smoking will get you there, along with all the coughing, hacking, bad breath, emphysema, and other health problems that go with it. And then of course there's heart disease and lung cancer. You know. The end game. "Death by tobacco" is preventable. Think about it.
  1. NIH

Annual healthcare costs
in South Dakota
directly caused by smoking:

Can’t candy coat the facts

Vape use among SD teens and preteens has skyrocketed. In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes. It's easy to understand the appeal – they're cool, come in tons of tasty fun flavors, and smell good. In fact, 85% of e-cigarette users age 12-17 use flavors. But that's where the fun stops. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes and JUUL devices deliver nicotine nearly 3x faster than other e-cigarettes, making it easier for kids to get addicted faster.
  1. Truth Initiative
  2. Surgeon General
  3. Truth Initiative
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Looks like somebody’s trying to tell you something :-)

Take a look on the back of any pack of cigarettes or can of chew and you'll find these warnings. They represent the deadly truth about the dangers of using tobacco products. Tobacco companies are required by law to publish them on their product packages. They're hoping you'll just ignore them and just go along with their advertising hype instead. Will you? Tobacco. Rethink it. Seriously.