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Tobacco use and smoking are very dangerous addictions which commonly cause a wide variety of diseases, cancer and death.  The vast majority of tobacco users and smokers are hooked when they are children.  During this time period they are easily influenced by peer pressure and advertising.  Once hooked, the majority of tobacco users become hopelessly addicted.

More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents---the decision to use tobacco and smoke cigarettes.       

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A large cancer is shown growing out of this patient's neck.   The cancer was from smoking and started in the patient's mouth.  The cancer eventuality eroded into the carotid artery causing massive bleeding and death.
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Studies indicate that nonsmokers are also adversely affected by environmental tobacco smoke.
There are 7000 chemicals in tobacco with 250 identified poisons and at least 69 known drugs which cause cancer.  The most talked about drug in tobacco is nicotine.  Nicotine is vasoconstrictor and a nerve toxin, it has been classified as a class I insecticide.   Other poisons include:  Arsenic, Cyanide, Formaldehyde (used to embalm bodies), Ammonia Bromide (a toilet cleaner )- Ref. 1.  Each year, because of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer, and 300,000 children suffer worsening of lower respiratory tract infections and asthma.
Particularly alarming is the fact that more than 3 million young people under age 18 smoke half a billion cigarettes each year and that more than one-half of them consider themselves dependent upon cigarettes. The decision to use tobacco is nearly always made in the teen years, and about one-half of young people usually continue to use tobacco products as adults.


Sources: (1) CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (data on persons aged 18 years or older who reported having smoked 100 or more cigarettes and who reported currently smoking every day or some day), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (data on young people in grades 9-12 who reported smoking cigarettes on one or more of the 30 days preceding the survey).  (2) USMC National Health Naval Research Center - San Diego, CA.

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T1 Verrucous Carcinoma of the True Vocal Cords - LarynxPrevalence of Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Youths - United States, 1997
Kentucky:   Adults: 30.8%    Youth 47.0%
Kentucky has the highest rate of smoking in the United States.

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