TOBACCO'S HARMFUL EFFECTS
Tobacco products come in many different shapes and colors. Most often people use tobacco in cigarette or chew form. There are also other tobacco products such as Snus, the E-Cigarette, and cigarillos which offer the same health consequences and toxic chemicals. Tobacco related diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. Often tobacco users are plagued with heat disease, stroke, forms of cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and emphysema.
What is the current smoking rate for Douglas County?
In Douglas County, Nebraska we have a smoking rate lower than the national average. Nationally the smoking rate is about 23%, in Douglas County it is 20%. In Nebraska 24% are former smokers, 22% of men currently smoke, and 18% of women smoke. Alarmingly, 15% of Nebraskans under the age of 18 smoke, 2,000 of those become daily smokers each year.
What are the harmful effects of cigarette butts?
MOTAC dares you to walk as far away from a door way to see where you spot the first cigarette butt. We bet you don't make it more than one foot out the door. According to Litter in America not only is 38% of litter found on our roadways cigarette butts, but 85% of cigarette butts are tossed on the ground. Many of these butts can find their way into our waterways, playgrounds, and even your puppy's mouth. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can even burn down homes and apartment buildings, leaving many Douglas County residents displaced.
What's in a cigarette?
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 70 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Many of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.
Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found:
Most Commonly Used Tobacco Products
A cigar is a roll of tobacco wrapped in a tobacco leaf. There are three major types of cigars: large cigar, cigarillo, and little cigars. Cigars contain the same toxic a carcinogenic compounds found in cigarettes and are not a safe alternative.
A slender roll of cut tobacco enclosed in paper and meant to be smoked. Most widely used tobacco product.
An electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. Electronic cigarettes are no longer marketed as smoking cessation aids or tobacco replacement in most countries. The jury is still out about the harmful effects.
A type of smokeless tobacco product consumed by placing a portion of the tobacco between the cheek and gum or upper lip teeth and chewing.
Call the Nebraska Quitline any time day or night to talk with a counselor. The Nebraska Quitline will work with you to identify your triggers to quit using tobacco.