Smoking - The Facts
Smoking is one of the worst things kids or adults can do to their bodies. Yet every single day almost 5,000 kids and teens under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time. Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars every year for ads and other ways to make sure that kids start buying tobacco. The companies count on kids to become hooked because it keeps them in business.
But no matter what the good-looking people in the ads and on billboards say, smoking gives you bad breath, makes you cough, and uses lots of your allowance every week. Not only that, smoking will make your heart and lungs pretty sick as you get older and can also give you lung cancer . Yuck! Read this article to find out why kids like you are learning to kick butt.
What Are Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco
Tobacco (say: tuh- bah -ko) is a plant that can be smoked in cigarettes, pipes, or cigars. It's the same plant that's in smokeless tobacco, known as dip, chew, snuff, spit, or chewing tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is not lit and breathed in like tobacco in cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Instead, smokeless tobacco is put between the lip and gum and sucked on inside the mouth.
Tobacco contains nicotine (say: nih -kuh-teen), a chemical that causes a tingly or good feeling - but that feeling only lasts for a little while. What's worse is that nicotine is addictive (say: uh- dik -tiv). This means that if you start to use nicotine, your body and mind will become so used to it that you'll need to have it just to feel OK. Anyone who starts smoking runs a high risk of becoming addicted to nicotine. In fact, nicotine is said to be even more addictive than heroin or cocaine .
And nicotine is a poisonous drug - it can even be used to kill insects! Do you really want that in your body