Tobacco Facts

Here are samples of the tobacco facts that will be addressed during the show:

Chewing Tobacco – Long-term use of chewing tobacco can cause lip, throat, mouth and gum cancers. Most chewing tobacco users develop Gingivitis, Leukoplakia and other oral disorders, shortly after starting regular use. It kills your taste buds and also contains Nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.

Financial Fact – You could spend your whole life avoiding tobacco products and second-hand smoke, yet tobacco products will affect you every single year of your life. It will not affect you physically, but it will directly impact you financially. Our government spends $65 billion a year on tobacco related health care. This money goes to people who have long-term illness due to their tobacco use, but they have no health insurance or cannot afford their medical bills. The government basically gets the U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill. In 2008, the average household spent $594 of their tax dollars, on tobacco health care.

Quitting:

    • Once you quit smoking, your body starts making changes within 20 minutes
    • After 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate begins to drop
    • After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops back to normal
    • After 2 weeks-3 months your risk of heart attack drops and lung function improves
    • After 1 year: your added risk of coronary disease is now half that of a smokers’
    • After 5 years: your risk of stroke is now reduced to the same risk as a non-smokers’
    • After 10 years: your risk of lung cancer is now half compared to that of a smoker
    • After 15 years: your risk of heart disease is now at the same rate as a non-smoker

Additional Facts:

  • 4.8 million people worldwide die from tobacco use (smokers as well as chewing tobacco users)
  • That’s one death every 6.6 seconds, all day long, every single day of the year
  • Over 400,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco use every year
  • That’s about 1,200 people a day, every single day of the year
  • If you combine all the people that die in the U.S. each year from suicides, homicides, car accidents (including drunk driving), fires, drugs, alcohol, and aids, it would not equal 400,000. Tobacco kills more people annually in the U.S then all of those things combined
  • Over 200,000 people die annually in the U.S. due to health complications from being exposed to second hand smoke
  • There are over 4000 chemicals that go into the makeup of tobacco. That’s over 4000 chemicals in every single cigarette, every single cigar, and every single tin of chewing tobacco.  Of those over 4000 chemicals, 69 of them are known carcinogens. Some of those chemicals include:
  1. Arsenic: also a form of poison found in rat and mice poisons
  2. Nicotine: a very highly addictive substance, considered a drug by the U.S. Federal Government. It’s been proven that nicotine is more addictive than most major narcotics including crack and heroine. The nicotine levels in the tobacco products are at an all time high right now.
  3. Cadmium: one of the 69 known carcinogens in tobacco and a major chemical component found in car and truck batteries
  4. Ammonia: a form of a poisonous gas and also a chemical found in toilet bowl cleaner
  5. Acetic acid: found in vinegar and hair dyes