Big Tobacco Targets Young Smokers

Lawsuits against big tobacco companies in recent years have made confidential company documents available to the general public. The contents of these documents reveal that tobacco companies have targeted teens and young adults as replacement customers for the more than 400,000 smokers who die each year due to smoking-related diseases. Take a look at just a few of the quotes from these documents Philip Morris Today's teenager is tomorrow's regular customer. Lorillard Tobacco The base of our...

Teens Who Smoke

You may think you know everything there is to know about teens who smoke. But take a look at these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Early signs of heart disease and stroke can be found in teens who smoke. People who smoke live on average seven years less than those who never smoked. The resting heart rates of young smokers are two to three beats faster than those of nonsmokers. Teenage smokers are more likely to see doctors or other health care workers for...

Nicotine Addiction

Taken in large enough amounts, nicotine can kill you. But the amount of nicotine in the average cigarette is very small only about 8 or 9 milligrams (to understand exactly how small an amount this is, remember that it takes more than 28,000 milligrams to equal 1 ounce). There may be 8 or 9 milligrams of nicotine in the average cigarette, but a smoker inhales even less. The amount of nicotine a smoker actually inhales from the average cigarette is between 1 and...

Thinking About Smoking

Thinking About Smoking

Most teens begin smoking for one simple reason It makes me look good. They feel that smoking somehow transforms them into someone tougher, or cooler, or older. In movies, we see our favorite actors and actresses smoking, looking more glamorous, more sophisticated while holding a cigarette. Smoking seems like a quick and easy way to change the way you feel about yourself and the way others feel about you. But smoking is more than just an image, and anyone who has seen a friend or family member...

How smoking creates wrinkles

A British doctor named Douglas Model coined the term smoker's face in 1985 to describe the wrinkling and premature aging associated with smoking. In fact, the smoker's face phenomenon was so common and distinct that Model was able to identify more than half of the smokers with a 10-year-old habit that he saw in his clinic simply by looking at their faces. The telltale characteristics of smoking that he observed were prune-like facial wrinkles radiating at right angles from the smokers' lips and...

How smoking creates wrinkles continued

These researchers exposed human skin cells that produce collagen to a solution of saline (salt water) and cigarette smoke, which mimics the conditions a smoker's skin is exposed to. After one day of exposure to this smoke solution, Morita and his team tested the skin cells and found they had produced high levels of MMPs but not MMP inhibitors. This increased level of MMPs without a comparable increase in their inhibitors caused an increased level of collagen...

Smoking The Rest of the Story

In a study of 557 high school students 13 to 19 years old, researchers found several important differences between smokers and nonsmokers Smokers were two times more likely to have suffered from daily coughing spells for more than three months. Smokers were three times more likely to have increased amounts of phlegm every day. Smokers were two times more likely to feel shortness of breath when hurrying. Smokers were more likely to have experience wheezing or asthma and to have had a chest cold...

Teenage Trends and Attitudes

Every day, approximately 4,800 young people between the ages of 11 and 17 will smoke their first cigarette. Of these, almost half will become regular smokers. These teens don't start out smoking with the hope that they will become addicted to nicotine. They smoke because they think it will make them more popular or somehow help them to fit in with their friends and peers. They begin smoking because they believe that smoking will somehow make them feel better about themselves. For some, smoking...

Exploring Additional Resources

We have discussed how nicotine can affect your body. We have learned a bit about the history of tobacco use, particularly in the United States. We have examined some of the legal issues surrounding tobacco products and how those laws have changed. We have read about teens making decisions about tobacco products and learned more about who is likely to smoke or use tobacco and why. We have taken a look at some of the myths surrounding nicotine and discovered how, just like any drug, it can become...

Bibliography

American Council on Science and Health. Cigarettes What the Warning Label Doesn't Tell You. Amherst, NY Prometheus Books, 1997. Brigham, Janet. Dying to Quit. Washington, DC Joseph Henry Press, 1998. Cordry, Harold V. Tobacco A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2001. Fisher, Edwin B., Jr., and Goldfarb, Toni L. Seven Steps to a Smoke-free Life. New York John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998. Gately, Iain. Tobacco. New York Grove Press, 2001. Hilts, Philip J. Smoke Screen....

[ Further Reading

American Council on Science and Health. Cigarettes What the Warning Label Doesn't Tell You. Amherst, NY Prometheus Books, 1997. Fisher, Edwin B., Jr., and Goldfarb, Toni L. Seven Steps to a Smoke-free Life. New York John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998. Hilts, Philip J. Smoke Screen. Reading, MA Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., 1996. Hyde, Margaret O. Know About Smoking. New York Walker & Co., 1995. Kluger, Richard. Ashes to Ashes. New York Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. MacDonald, Joan V. Tobacco...

Famous Dead Smokers

Dead Leaves Given

A big part of the decision to start smoking has to do with how the smoker looks cool, rebellious, tough. Some very famous people have been smokers, many of whom have died due to smoking-related illnesses. See if you recognize any of the famous smokers below, or the diseases that killed them Actor, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Tobacco products are widely available and legally sold in grocery stores, 24-hour convenience markets, gas stations, and many other shops to anyone over the age of 18....

Smoking In The Movies Does it influence teen smokers

Julia Roberts chain-smoked throughout My Best Friend's Wedding in 1997. Leonardo DiCaprio polluted the skies over Thailand in 2000 with cigarette after cigarette in The Beach. Even the adorable little green aliens from Men in Black II puffed on cigarettes in 2002. Experts fear that Hollywood blockbuster movies are sending the wrong message to teens by showing some of the most famous actors and actresses lighting up cigarettes. The writers, directors, and studios that produce these movies claim...

Resources That Can Help

Your health care provider, school counselor, or phone book can provide you with a list of local organizations and programs designed to help people stop smoking or give up tobacco products. There are also a number of national organizations that can provide helpful resources or information on quitting smoking. You may want to begin by checking these web sites Agency for Health Care Policy and Research www.ahcpr.gov American Cancer Society www.cancer.org American Heart Association...