Smoking Awareness

Smoking Awareness

Did you know over 480,000 people in the USA die because of smoking each year? Smoking is responsible for several diseases, as well as premature death. Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the world. Someone smoking a pack a day spends about $177 a week on cigarettes, which is over $9,200 each year. 9.3% (9 of every 100) of high school students smoke cigarettes. Did you know that switching from cigarettes to E-Cigarettes or vape is not any better for your health? 16.0%(5 of every 100) of high school students smoke E- Cigarettes.

 Cigarettes contain over 4,000 compounds. Forty-three of the 4,000 compounds are cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and four hundred other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide ( the main we hear about.) Nicotine is a nitrogen-containing chemical. Chewing or smoking tobacco products usually release more nicotine than smoking. Nicotine acts as a sedative and stimulant. Tar is the toxic chemical particles left behind from burning smoke. This substance creates a tacky brown or yellowish residue. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, and odorless gas as a result of incomplete burning of carbon.

E- cigarettes or vape are just electronic nicotine systems. To create an e-liquid, nicotine is extracted from tobacco and mixed with a base (usually this base is known as propylene glycol), also the colorings, flavoring and other chemicals are added. Propylene glycol (PG)  is thinner and has a stronger throat hit also known as TH ( the feeling you get in the back of your throat and in your lungs when you inhale smoke.) TH can be felt by traditional and vapor cigarettes. The more PG , the stronger the TH . Some people can be allergic to Pg , but it’s not very common. Vegetable Glycerin ( VG) is what gives you vapor.    

Vape is the an alternative to traditional cigarettes. About 40% of current smokers try to quit smoking each year and 4%-6% are successful, so really only 2% a year successfully stop. Unfortunately most of them start smoking vapes instead of letting go of smoking all the together. Let’s raise the number of quitters. In order to quit smoking try not to try alternatives. Get a reason you want to quit, whatever the reason stick to it. What to quit more than it hurts. Something not everybody specifically teens want to do it tell their parents they are smoking, but it will be better to lean a loved one for help. They can help you more than you think if you really want to quit. Remember trying to stop for the first time may not work. Trying to stop for the second time may not be any easier. Whatever you do remember time is on your side. Don’t give up!

 Here are some things you can do while bored instead of smoking.    

  • Read a book
  • Wash a car
  • Wash the dog or dogs
  • Go for a walk
  • Knit a scarf
  • Do a crossword or play a board game
  • Take a nap
  • Call a friend
  • Go to the gym
  • Bake a cake
  • Watch tv
  • Watch a movie
  • Go to the movies
  • Go to the mall
  • Go fishing
  • Plant some flowers
  • Take a new hobby/interest
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Chew gum
  • Do laundry
  • Clean the house
  • Redesign your room
  • Spend time with lil cousins or siblings
  • Go out with friends
  • Go out to eat with family
  • Build something
  • Scrapbook
  • Write a letter
  • Do your nails
  • Play a video game
  • Work out
  • Create your own list of crave-buster activities
  • Write a goodbye letter to cigarettes

 These are ten most dangerous effects that smoking can lead to

  • Lung disease
  • COPD ( chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Reproductive effects in women
  • Premature, low birth-weight babies
  • Diabetes
  • Blindness, cataracts, and age- related problems
  • Over 10 other types cancer, including cervix, liver, colon, stomach, and pancreatic cancer


Cheyanne Perkins                                                               March 24, 2017


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