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There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do.
Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of these problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the health benefit.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
|Source: NIH: MedlinePlus|
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CDC released the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 report which provides an overview of the implementation of strategies that reduce tobacco use in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. While states have made progress, the reduction of tobacco use nationwide has slowed. The report shows that more work needs to be done to end the epidemic of tobacco-related death and disease.
Monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs; Alcohol and other drug use; Tobacco use; Unhealthy dietary behaviors; physical activity; prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.
PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Includes indicators for Alcohol Use by Pregnant Women during Last 3 Months of Pregnancy
and Smoking by Pregnant Women during Last 3 Months of Pregnancy.
The primary source of information on the prevalence and incidence of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older in the United States. Indicators include: Alcohol Abuse or Dependence; Current Binge Drinking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Cigarette Smoking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Alcohol by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Drug Abuse or Dependence
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Provides a science program for students in grades 2–3 to educate them about their brains, why they should protect them, and how drugs such as nicotine and inhalants can hurt their brains. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent’s guide, and a DVD.
Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society.
Proporciona información sobre cómo la nicotina afecta al corazón, alterando la frecuencia cardiaca y la presión arterial. También habla sobre la dependencia, el tratamiento y los efectos a largo plazo debido al uso de la nicotina.
Describes how nicotine acts on the heart to change heart rate and blood pressure, and discusses dependency, treatment, and effects of long-term nicotine use.