Smoking Kills What is smoking? • Smoking is done when toxic substances are burned and their smoke inhaled. • This toxic smoke is then absorbed by the lungs. • The toxic substances include TAR, TOBACCO, and NICOTINE.There are 4000 toxins in cigarettes. • Close to a billion people today are smokers.That’s 1 with 9 zeroes. Each cigarette takes 20 minutes off your life!
Smoking damages health Smoking causes: • Heart disease • Cancer • Lung problems like Bronchitis • High blood pressure It may also cause: • Bad skin • Yellow teeth • Poor athletic performance • Bad breath Healthy Lung Smoker’s Lung
Passive smoking kills too • What is passive smoking?It is when you inhale the cigarette smoke of someone else. It is also called second hand smoking. • What diseases can it lead to? • Cancer • Asthma • Heart problems • Allergies
Help people stop smoking • Smoking costs time and money. • Each smoker spends up to $ 1500 every year. That’s A LOT of money. • 75 % of employees who smoke take more days off work because of health problems. That’s 3 in every 4 people. • Smoking is ADDICTIVE. This means once you start it, it is very hard to stop. • Do you have a loved one who smokes? Help them quit. A support system makes it easier to stop. Help them make their life longer and happier!
How can you help people quit? • When they want to smoke, give them something else like coffee, chewing gum or an apple. • Find a new hobby for them, fun things you both enjoy, like cycling and flying kites. • Don’t scold them, in fact encourage them. Make them feel loved. • Tolerate their mood swings. • Don’t offer them a cigarette, even as a joke!