The Impact of Tobacco on the U.S

By Jimmy

Tobacco basics

-Peer Pressure seems to be one of the first reasons that kids especially start using tobacco. They usually first get it from a friend (or parent!) who urges them to try it and be like the "big kids".  
chemicals in cigarettes: -Tar  -Carbon monoxide -Hydrogen cyanide -Free radicals -metals - Radioactive compounds
-Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals
-Each day, more than 3,800 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.

Effects of smoking

5 effects on the body from smoking; 1. the smokers cough 2. stained teeth 3. yellow fingernails 4. shortness of breath 5. circulation pressure 6. pancreatic cancer 7. bladder cancer 8. sluggish respiration 9. Increased risk of cleft palate and cleft lip 10. Increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

0.2% for men who never smoked (0.4% for women)5.5% for male former smokers (2.6% in women)15.9% for current male smokers (9.5% for women)24.4% for male “heavy smokers” defined as smoking more than 5 cigarettes per day (18.5% for women) for cancer. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States. smoking increases risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times. Smoking is considered the cause of lung cancer in 90% on men, and 80% of women diagnosed with the disease. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men who do not smoke, and female smokers are 13 times more likely to develop the disease.

2nd hand smoke

defined :Passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke.

Sidestream smoke describes the smoke coming off of the end a smoldering cigarette.

Mainstream smoke is the exhaled smoke smokers release after taking a puff on a lit cigarette.

Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms.

Addictive potential

The substance in tobacco that causes addiction is called nicotine.

Nicotine is able to get into the brain by traveling through the blood and penetrating a barrier called the blood-brain barrier. As NIDA for Teens explains, one of the ways that nicotine affects the brain is by mimicking neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by nerve cells to generate or inhibit the activity of other nerve cells. Nerve cells (neurons) have special proteins called receptors that bind to neurotransmitters based on their shape. Nicotine is similar in shape to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. As a result, nicotine can increase acetylcholine signaling throughout the brain.


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