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TOBACCO. Day 2: Myths and Facts. 04-05 Miami Valley Teen Tobacco Use. 10.9\% of MS students smoke increase by 1\% from 03-04. Why Started: A Friend (31\% MS, 59\% HS) Why Started: Household (55\% MS, 55\% HS). Myth: Most teenagers smoke. FACT: Most DON’T smoke.

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TOBACCO

Day 2: Myths and Facts

04 05 miami valley teen tobacco use
04-05 Miami Valley Teen Tobacco Use
  • 10.9% of MS students smoke increase by 1% from 03-04.
  • Why Started: A Friend (31% MS, 59% HS)
  • Why Started: Household (55% MS, 55% HS)
myth most teenagers smoke
Myth: Most teenagers smoke
  • FACT: Most DON’T smoke.
    • Only about 22% of teens in Montgomery County smoke.
myth smoking is no big deal
Myth: Smoking is no big deal
  • FACT: The younger a person begins smoking, the greater the risk for developing the numerous illnesses associated with smoking.
    • Decrease in physical fitness
    • Increased coughing and phlegm
    • Respiratory Illnesses
    • Slower rate of lung growth
    • Early development of artery disease
myth there s no harm in having an occasional cigarette
Myth: There’s no harm in having an occasional cigarette
  • FACT: Smokers can not predict when they are going to become addicted to nicotine.
    • The younger one begins to smoke, the more likely one will become a heavy user.
    • Each year 20 million people try to quit, 3% success.
    • 70% of HS seniors who smoked 1-5 cigarettes were smoking 5 years later
myth smoking cigars are safe
Myth: Smoking cigars are safe
  • FACTS: Smoking cigars can kill you.
    • Cigar-smokers had a 25% higher mortality rate overall and twice the risk of dying from all forms of cancer
myth chewing tobacco is safe
Myth: Chewing tobacco is safe
  • FACTS: Chewing tobacco is a associated with:
    • Bad breath
    • Discoloration of teeth
    • Cancers of gum, mouth,larynx, pharynx, and esophagus
myth people think you re cool if you smoke
Myth: People think you’re cool if you smoke.
  • FACTS: Survey of HS Seniors
    • 72% thought smoking was a “Dirty Habit”
    • 71% disproved of people under the age of 18
    • 74% Date people who did not smoke
    • 61% thought that becoming a smoker reflected poor judgment
other facts
Other Facts
  • Lose about 14 minutes of Life expectancy for each cigarette smoked
  • To age 65, people who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, die at almost twice the rate for non-smokers
  • 85% of occasional smokers become regular full time smokers
  • Pregnant Women who smoke
    • Twice as likely as non-smokers to have miscarriage
    • More likely to have a premature birth
the accidental smoker
The Accidental Smoker
  • Non-Smoking Section for 2 hours = 1 1/2 cigarettes
  • Smoky Bar for 2 hours = 4 cigarettes
  • Working in a smoking office = 6 cigarettes
  • Smoker in car, with windows up for 1 hour = 4 cigarettes
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