Did You Know?


Chemicals in Tobacco
Would you pour nail polish
remover (Acetone) over your cereal in the morning, or brush
your teeth with mascara (Stearic Acid) ? Of course not!
Would you use shaving cream (ethanol) in place of whipped
cream on a piece of pie? Nope! Yet, when you use tobacco,
you are taking these chemicals into your body! There are
over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco. 200 of them are heavy
metals like cadimum (which is used to make batteries).  Over 200
of the chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer causing).

A few of them are
listed below.

Acetone: Nail Polish
Remover contains acetone, a poison

Ammonia:  A poison used
for cleaning

Arsenic: A poison which
causes death

Hexamine: A cancer
causing chemical used to make barbeque lighter fluid

Cadmuim: A heavy metal
used in making batteries.  It would destroy your
internal organs

Carbon Monoxide: A
deadly poison which comes from the exhaust of a

DDT: A deadly poison
used for killing bugs

Stearic Acid: Used in
making mascara, aftershave lotion and hair gel

Formaldehyde:  A
Poisonous chemical used to preserve dead bodies

Nicotine: An addictive
drug used in insecticides {Bug Killers}

Toluene: a poisonous
chemical used in industrial cleaning

Hydrogene Cynaide: A
deadly poison used in the gas chamber



Second Hand Smoke

Tobacco smoke is comprised of
over 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are known
to cause cancer in humans. These chemicals
take the form of tiny particles, gasses, and
vapors which are activated and inhaled when
tobacco is lit and chemicals are released
into the air. Unfortunately, smoke from
tobacco doesn’t just affect the person using
the air. Tobacco is similar to water – it
can flow through tiny cracks in units,
follow pipelines, air ducts, and even
electric plug – in vents. It also travels
through air conditioning/heating systems. It
will “leak” through the walls from one unit
to another. This smoke is called “Second
Hand Smoke” and is dangerous to both adults
and children. For example, if you check into
a non-smoking room at a hotel, you may still
be affected by second hand smoke if the
hotel rooms near the room you are using
allows smoking.

Hand Smoke exposure has proven to cause many
child and adult diseases and disorders. For

SHS increases the
development and progression of asthma. It
also triggers asthma attacks

Increases chronic
throat infections

Causes lung cancer

Heart Disease

Impaired lung function

Irritated, burning,
watering, itchy eyes

Upper respiratory

Impairs the healing
process, ie: colds last longer, infections
are harder to treat, prolongs illnesses

Irritates and burns
nasal passages

Increases runny noses,
coughing, irritates sinuses

Causes noxious odors –
it just stinks



Why You Smoke Quiz

Nicotine is more addicting than
heroin and  cocaine.  Many people continue to smoke,
even though they would like to quit, partially
because they have become dependent upon the drug in
tobacco, Nicotine. However, most people find they
are “hooked to tobacco” even
because of the psychological (emotional)
bonding, as well as the habitual (habit) addiction.

Do you
wonder what keeps you smoking or chewing, even
though you may want to quit? Take the WHY DO YOU
SMOKE quiz. Find out some interesting info about why
you use tobacco.


Print this sheet then check yes or no to the
following nine questions: and then
check your answers!




1. Is it extremely hard for you to go a
half day without smoking?
2. Do you have a strong hunger to smoke?    
3. Do you feel like you need to smoke a
certain number of cigarettes each day?
4. Do you find yourself smoking a
cigarette when you weren’t even aware of
lighting up?
5. Do you pair up smoking with other
activities, like drinking coffee,
watching TV, talking on the phone, etc.?
6. Do you sometimes unintentionally go a
whole day without lighting up?
7. Do you smoke more after having an
argument with someone?
8. Is smoking one of the most important
pleasures in your life?
9. Does the thought of never smoking
again make you feel unhappy?



Quiz Answers

Most people will find their smoking and/or chewing habit is
a combination of all three ways mentioned below. However,
you will probably find that your addiction is strongest in
one of the three areas. Once you are aware of how you are
addicted to using tobacco, you can begin preparing in
advance how you will deal with situations as they arise
without smoking or chewing.

You will probably find you aren’t as
addicted to the drug (Nicotine) as much as you thought you
were.  Withdrawing from nicotine will be uncomfortable, but
not painful. These withdrawal symptoms vanish within a few
days.  Although they are uncomfortable, they aren’t
painful.  If, like most users, you find your using has
simply become a habit, the strategies below can help you
break the habit. You may find that smoking is like having an
old friend around. Or, you may be emotionally bonded to
smoking or chewing.   Once you find where your addiction
lies, it will be easier to find techniques to help you get
through tough times without using.  

  If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3
you are mostly hooked because of the chemical –
is an addictive substance
craves the drug nicotine
go away in a few days when you quit smoking
addiction is the easiest to break
  If you answered yes to questions 4, 5, and 6
you keep smoking mostly because smoking has
become a habit.
Habits are much harder to break than the
chemical dependence
Unintentionally link smoking up with other
things (watching TV, drinking coffee, etc.
After a few weeks of repetitions, habits are
well formed and more difficult to break.
Strong bonds make smoking a strong habit to
  If you answered yes to questions 7, 8, and 9
you keep smoking mostly because of emotional, or
psychological bonds.
A strong bond has formed without your consent
or even knowledge to smoking
Helps you deal with stress, anger, boredom, etc.
Smoking is like an old friend


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