Q. Isn’t smoking sexy?
Q. Is smokeless tobacco safe?
A. Only if you think bad breath, A. smelly hair, yellow fingers, and coughing are sexy. Advertisements often portray smoking as glamorous and sophisticated, but think carefully about who created these ads and why.
No. Remember, “no smoke” doesn’t mean that smokeless tobacco is safe. Even a little smokeless tobacco has enough nicotine to get you addicted. Smokeless tobacco can lead to many types of health problems as well as cause cancer.15
Do most teens smoke? No, out of every 100 teens, 87 do not use a tobacco product. Currently, the number of girls who smoke cigarettes slightly outnumbers the boys who smoke.16
Web site: http://ncadi.samhsa.gov
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SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 800-729-6686 TDD 800-487-4889
To learn more about tobacco, or obtain referrals to programs in your community, contact:
Q. Doesn’t smoking help you relax? A. No. Smoking can actually increase feelings of stress and nervousness. Break the cycle: Use drug-free strategies to calm your nerves like exercise and talking to your friends.
Curious about the TV ads of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign? Check out the Web site at http://www.freevibe.com or visit the Office of National Drug Control Policy Web site at http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov.
Do it today!
It’s never too late. Talk to your parents, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher, or another adult you trust. The bottom line: If you know someone who is using tobacco, urge him or her to quit. If you are using it—stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being. SMA—4280
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