What is tobacco? Tobacco smoke is made with thousands of dangerous components, the main ones being NICOTINE, TAR, and, CARBON MONOXIDE. Nicotine
is the active ingredient in tobacco; tar causes cancers and bronchial
disorders; and carbon monoxide is linked to heart disease. Smoking is
especially harmful to teens because their bodies are still developing
and changing, and the 4,000 chemicals (200 known poisons) in cigarettes
can greatly affect this process. Cigarettes are also very addictive,
both psychologically and physically, and can be a major gateway to other
forms of drug use.
Weight loss, tooth decay, loss of breath, discolored teeth, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased
stress levels, constricted blood vessels.
Increased risk for lung cancer and other cancers, increased risk for heart attacks and heart disease, impaired sense of smell, decreased physical stamina, wrinkles skin, and increased risk for lung disease.
Teens, including addicted smokers, quit smoking only when they want to do so. You can show you care, and ask them how you can help. Most smokers don’t know how you can help, and will often ask to be left alone. Expressing concern and offering support can provide smokers with the determination to quit. For some smokers, nicotine gum or the patch can help fight the habit and is a good start to quitting.