The Effects of Smoking Ho do your lungs look???
The Health Risksinformation taken from an online resource • Tobacco use, including cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, and smokeless tobacco use, is the single leading preventable cause of death in the United States. • Each year smoking causes approximately 435,000 premature deaths and more than five million years of potential life lost. • Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides COMBINED! • In the U.S., one person dies from a tobacco-related disease every 72 seconds, or 1200 people a day. By the time you read the rest of this page, approximately three people have lost their lives to an avoidable killer. • The risk of dying from lung cancer is more than 23 times higher among men who smoke cigarettes, and about 13 times higher among women who smoke cigarettes compared with people who have never smoked. • Smoking causes cancers of the bladder, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx (voice box), esophagus, cervix, kidney, lung, pancreas, and stomach, and causes acute myeloid leukemia.
Smoking Will Cost You ... Lots of Money • In Kansas, a pack-a-day smoker will spend close to $1,600.00 per year on cigarettes (average of $4.36 per pack). • Annual health care costs in Kansas directly caused by smoking: $927 million. • Portion covered by the state Medicaid program: $196 million. • Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $582 per household per year. • Smoking-caused productivity losses in Kansas: $863 million.
Where is smoking prohibited? In Houston… • Smoking is prohibited in enclosed public places. Restaurants, bars, museums, libraries, public and private schools, theaters, bowling alleys, buses, taxicabs, shopping malls, lobbies, restrooms, and hallways of apartment or condominium buildings. • Smoking is prohibited in enclosed workplaces. Work areas, private offices, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, classrooms, cafeterias, and vehicles are examples of workplaces. • Smoking is prohibited outdoors within 25 feet of building entrance and exit doors. • No one may smoke in covered outdoor arenas and outdoor seating areas of public spectator events. • No one may smoke in covered public transportation facilities, such as covered bus stops. • information taken from an online resource
Where is smoking permissible? • Smoking is permitted in private residences, so long as the residence is not being used as a child care, adult day care, or health care facility. • The management of a hotel or motel may set aside up to 35% of guest rooms for guests who wish to smoke. All smoking rooms on the same floor must be contiguous and the status of these rooms may not be changed except to add additional nonsmoking rooms. • Smoking is permitted in private and semi-private rooms of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, but only if all occupants of the room are smokers and have requested in writing to be placed in a room where smoking is permitted. • Smoking is permitted on stage of a theatrical performance if it is an integral part of the performance. • Smoking is permitted during private functions held in convention centers, hotels, motels and other enclosed meeting facilities if designated in writing to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Smoking is permitted in restaurant and bar outdoor seating areas. information taken from an online resource
How will the ordinance be enforced? • Either observation during routine health inspections or upon receipt of a citizen’s complaint, an investigation will be conducted. • What is the penalty for violations? • Violators may be subject to a fine of up to $2,000. information taken from an online resource
If you live with a smoker, or are close friends with one: don't be a NAG about their smoking habit! (You can make noise about their smoking in the house or near you, because their second hand smoke hurts you – but don't nag them to quit. There's a BIG difference!) Just three times a year you can ask your loved one – briefly – VERY briefly – to please quit smoking -- in VERY loving and warm tones. (Try surrounding your request with HONEST complements, keep it BRIEF, and they might be more open to hearing you. But if you speak up more than three times per YEAR, then you're a yukky, obnoxious NAG. Ick! And your beloved smoker will be so ANGRY with you that they'll keep smoking just to spite you. You'll be defeating your very purpose. And if your loved ones are nagging you, don't fall into the old trap of hurting yourself by continuing to smoke out of your anger toward them. Instead, let them know how you feel. If you love someone who smokes
The Choice to Smoke ? When asked why you smoke, you might have said, "I just like to smoke!" or “1) _________________to smoke." The tobacco companies have promoted the idea that smoking is a matter of personal choice. As I see it, there really isn't as much choice as they have suggested 2)____________________. Ask yourself, 3)______________ honest: Am I addicted to tobacco? Am I truly making a freely made choice when I smoke? You might consider that you need to have a cigarette. Studies have shown that nicotine addiction 4)___________________ heroin or cocaine addiction. By telling smokers that smoking is a personal choice, the tobacco industry has helped to keep its customers in denial about the true extent of their addiction. If smoking is a choice, then what's 5)________________? The tobacco companies have used this spin to help keep millions of customers buying their 6)_____________. Admitting that you're smoking more out of addiction than choice will help motivate you to go on to the next steps – 7) ___________________ and becoming a nonsmoker.
information taken from an online resourceWhen asked why you smoke, you might have said, "I just like to smoke!" or "It's my choice to smoke." The tobacco companies have promoted the idea that smoking is a matter of personal choice. As I see it, there really isn't as much choice as they have suggested to their customers. Ask yourself, and be totally honest: Am I addicted to tobacco? Am I truly making a freely made choice when I smoke? You might consider that you need to have a cigarette. Studies have shown that nicotine addiction is as hard to break as heroin or cocaine addiction. By telling smokers that smoking is a personal choice, the tobacco industry has helped to keep its customers in denial about the true extent of their addiction. If smoking is a choice, then what's the rush to quit? The tobacco companies have used this spin to help keep millions of customers buying their deadly products. Admitting that you're smoking more out of addiction than choice will help motivate you to go on to the next steps -- taking control of yourself and becoming a nonsmoker.