Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States and kills more than 400,000 Americans every year. This is more than deaths caused from alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined!
What’s in tobacco?
Every puff of cigarette has more than 4,000 different chemicals including:
- Ammonia – a poisonous gas and a powerful toilet cleaner
- Cyanide – a deadly ingredient in rat poison
- Acetone – a poisonous solvent, paint stripper, and nail polish remover
- Formaldehyde – used to preserve dead bodies
- Polonium-210 – a highly radioactive element
- Carbon Monoxide - a poisonous gas
*More than 40 of the 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco are considered to be capable of causing cancer.
What are the effects from smoking cigarettes?
Short Term Effects
- Bad Breath
- Smelly Hair & Clothes
- Decreased Sensation in Taste Buds
Long Term Effects
- Known to cause lung, larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus cancers.
- Contributes to kidney, pancreatic, stomach, cervical, uterine, and multiple forms of leukemia.
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
Everybody’s doing it?
UC students believed that only 3.4% of students had never smoked a cigarette, however in actuality 67.7% of UC students have never smoked a cigarette. UC’s tobacco policy states that “the University is dedicated to providing a safe and healthful environment… [and therefore] smoking shall be prohibited inside buildings [and] prohibited within 25 feet of all university building entrances, exits and windows.”