Lesson 1 – The Effects Of Tobacco
Quick Start – Most people know that
using tobacco is harmful. Why do
you think some people continue to
use tobacco products? Write your
response on a sheet of paper.
Experts say that nicotine is more
addictive than heroin or cocaine.
 According to the Surgeon General,
tobacco use, particularly smoking, is
the number one cause of
preventable disease and death in the
United States.
The government requires all tobacco
products to carry warning labels.
 Addictive Substance – A substance
that causes physiological or
psychological dependence.
 Nicotine – The addictive drug found
in tobacco leaves
* Nicotine raises blood pressure,
increases heart rate, and contributes
to heart disease and stroke.
 Stimulant – A drug that increases the
action of the central nervous
Carcinogen – A cancer causing
 **Cigarettes contain 43 known
carcinogens, including cyanide,
formaldehyde, and arsenic. They
also contain chemicals used in
insecticides, paint, toilet cleaners,
antifreeze, and explosives.
Tar – A thick, sticky, dark fluid
produced when tobacco burns.
 As tar penetrates the smoker’s
respiratory system, it destroys cilia,
tiny hairlike structures that line the
upper airways and protect against
Tar damages the alveoli, or air sacs,
which absorb oxygen and rid the
body of carbon dioxide.
Tar also destroys lung tissue,
making the lungs less able to
Carbon Monoxide – A colorless,
odorless, and poisonous gas that is
also found in cigarettes
Smokeless Tobacco
Smokeless Tobacco – Tobacco that
is sniffed through the nose, held in
the mouth, or chewed.
 Leukoplakia – Thickened, white,
leathery-looking spots on the inside
of the mouth that can develop into
oral cancer.
Because smokeless tobacco is held in the mouth
for a length of time, it delivers both nicotine and
carcinogens to the body at levels that can be 2 to
3 times the amount delivered by a single
People who chew 8 to 10 plugs of tobacco each
day take in the same amount of nicotine as a two
pack a day smoker.
 Changes
in brain chemistry
 Increased respiration and heart
 Dulled taste buds and reduced
 Bad breath and smelly hair,
clothes, and skin
Chronic Bronchitis
Repeated tobacco use leads to a buildup
of tar in the lungs, causing chronic
coughing and excessive mucus secretion.
This is a disease that destroys the
tiny air sacs in the lungs. The air
sacs become less elastic, making it
more difficult for the lungs to absorb
oxygen. A person with advanced
emphysema uses up to 80 % of his
or her energy just to breathe.
 Lung
 Coronary
Heart Disease and
Other Consequences
Legal Consequences
Social Consequences
Financial Consequences
Lesson 2 – Choosing To Live
Tobacco Free
Reduced Smoking Among Teens
Reports show that nationally 28% of
high school students smoke. This is
down from 36% in 1997.
Reasons For Reduced Smoking Among Teens
Antismoking campaigns
Financial cost
Societal pressures
Family influence
Benefits Of Living Tobacco Free
Lowers risk of lung cancer, heart
disease, and stroke
Improves cardiovascular endurance
and lung function
Increases physical fitness and
enhances athletic performance
Strategies For Preventing Tobacco Use
Choose friends who don’t use
Avoid situations where tobacco
products may be used
Practice and use refusal skills
What Happens When A Smoker Quits
Within 20 minutes blood pressure
and pulse rate drop. Body
temperature in limbs returns to
 Within 8 hours oxygen levels return
to normal
 In 24 hours the chance of a heart
attack begins to decrease
In 3 days breathing becomes easier
as lung capacity increases
 Within 2 to 3 months lungs function
up to 30% better
 Within 1 to 9 months lung cilia
regrow and coughing, sinus
congestion, and shortness of breath
In 1 year the risk of coronary heart
disease is cut in half
In 5 years the risk of lung cancer and
cancers of the mouth, throat, and
esophagus is reduced by 50%. Stroke
risk is also decreased
In 10 years the risk of cancer of the
bladder, kidney, cervix, and pancreas
Why doSome Teens Use Tobacco
On a sheet of paper, list 5 reasons
why teens use tobacco
Reasons Why Teens Give Up Tobacco
They begin to have health problems,
such as asthma or respiratory
 They have a desire, will, and
commitment to stop
 They realize how expensive it is
They find it difficult to purchase
tobacco products because selling
tobacco products to persons under
the age of 18 is illegal in all 50 states
 They realize the damaging effects of
secondhand smoke and don’t want
to harm their families and friends.
Stopping The Addiction Cycle
Nicotine Withdrawal – The process
that occurs in the body when
nicotine, an addictive drug, is no
longer used.
 Nicotine Substitute – A product that
delivers small amounts of nicotine
into the user’s system while he or
she is trying to give up the tobacco
Tips For Quitting
Prepare for the day. Set a target date
 Get support and encouragement
 Access professional health service
 Replace tobacco use with healthier
 Change daily behavior
 Engage in healthful behaviors.
Lesson 3– Choosing To Live
Tobacco Free
Quick Start – Many communities
encourage a smoke-free
environment in which people can
live, work, and play. What places in
our community are smoke free? List
the benefits of a smoke-free
Risks For Smokers and Nonsmokers
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
(ETS) = Secondhand Smoke
(ETS) – Air that has been
contaminated by tobacco smoke
Mainstream Smoke – Smoke exhaled
from the lungs of a smoker.
Sidestream Smoke – The smoke
from the burning end of a cigarette,
pipe, or cigar.
Effects Of Smoke On Unborn Children
And Infants
Smoking during pregnancy can
seriously harm the developing fetus.
 Nicotine passes through the
placenta, constricting the blood
vessels of the fetus
 Carbon monoxide reduces the
oxygen levels in the mother’s and
the fetus’s blood.
These negative effects increase the risk
Impaired Fetal growth
Prenatal death
Premature delivery
Low birth weight
Effects Of Smoke On Young Children
Children of smokers tend to have a
higher incidence of sore throats, ear
infections, and upper respiratory
problems than children of
Children who live with smokers have
double the risk of developing lung
cancer than children of nonsmokers
 ****Children of smokers are nearly 3
times likely to smoke as children of
Working Toward National Health Goals
One of the goals of Healthy People
2010 is to reduce the number of
people who use tobacco and the
number of deaths associated with
tobacco use

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