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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.
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information
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The nicotine in vape is highly addictive and causes irreversible brain damage. Brain development continues until around age 25. Nicotine affects the parts of the brain that control attention and learning so developing brains are more at risk for long-term damage and addiction. Not harmless. Not safe. Not Cool.
  1. Surgeon General
  2. National Library of Medicine
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Secondhand Ride

Do you smoke in your car? Did you know you could be causing serious health issues and even death for the people that ride with you? There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.  
  1. CDC

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

Dead End

Not to be a pest, but you know, tobacco kills because it is full of lots of different kinds of poison. Assuming you already know this, why check out early? Life’s better with you in it!

  1. CDC

Smoking Harms Nearly Every Organ in the Body

• Coronary Heart Disease
• Mouth & Throat Cancer
• Lung Cancer
• Narrowing of the Arteries
• Increased chance of Type 2 Diabetes
• Worsens Asthma
• High Blood Pressure Leading to
   Heart Attack or Stroke
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Cancer of the Larynx, Trachea, & Esophagus
• Emphysema
• Stomach Cancer
• Chronic Bronchitis
• Kidney & Bladder Cancer
• Fertility Problems

  1. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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When you call the QuitLine, you've got a friend. A coach to help you with this every day, every week, until you are tobacco-free. It's easier with support. We've got your back.

Gas Mask

What are you wearing to the hookah lounge tonight? Better make sure you have one of these! Hookah smoke is not safe to breathe or inhale. Get the facts.
  1. CDC

What’s in the Tin?

If you think smokeless tobacco is a safe
alternative to smoking, think again.

Find out what hidden dangers are
found in the tin. ▶︎

CancerClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco contains 28
cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).

CavitiesClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco use can cause
cancer, oral health problems, and
nicotine addiction.

Gum DiseaseClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is associated with
recession of the gums, gum disease,
and tooth decay.

Heart DiseaseClick the words to discover the threats

Long term use of tobacco has been
linked to heart disease.

Loose TeethClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is associated with
recession of the gums, gum disease,
and tooth decay.

Mouth LesionsClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is also strongly
associated with  leukoplakia
a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue
in the mouth.

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• Annual health care COSTS in South Dakota directly caused by smoking: $373 million.

• Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $808 per household.

• Smoking-caused productivity losses in South Dakota: $282.5 million.

Crawl baby, crawl

“If children don’t like to be in a smoky room they’ll leave.”

When asked about infants Harper stated,

” At some point they begin to crawl.” — Charles Harper, R.J. Reynolds Chairman

  1. Carrig, David, “RJR Wins Fight”, USA Today: B1, April 18, 1996

Yikes! Every
cigarette smoked
cuts your lifetime
by about the
time it takes
to smoke it.

Cigarettes shorten lifespan

Okay let’s break that down. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes every day, that works out to about 25 days lost per year. Smoke for 15 years, and you’ve taken a year off your life.


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  1. World Health Organization

Tobacco use is the
leading preventable
cause of disease,
disability, and death
in the USA.

Yes, we said “preventable.”

Sure, bad things like accidents and disease happen to good people, and yeah, we’re all gonna die someday. But it doesn’t have to be ON PURPOSE! If you’re a tobacco user, please quit, before it’s too late.

  1. NIDA