Balance of Power: Making Sure Youth and Seen and Heard

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Oct 29, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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Tobacco Myth
-
Busting!


Myth:

“Tobacco has dead frogs in it!”

Fact:

Tobacco contains many chemicals including formaldehyde, which has been used to
preserve dead frogs for lab experiments. While formaldehyde may be found in tobacco, the
actual frogs are not.


Myth:

“Tobacco has nail polish in it!”

Fact:

Another chemical f
ound in tobacco is acetone, the active ingredient in many nail polish
removers. While acetone may be found in tobacco, actual nail polish is not.


Myth:

“One puff of a cigarette and you’re hooked!”

Fact:

It is unknown the number of cigarettes it takes to
become addicted but a study done by the
Center for Disease Control found that “the younger people begin smoking cigarettes, the more
likely they are to become strongly addicted to nicotine.”

(
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/tobacco/facts.htm
)


Myth:

“If you become a smoker you WILL die of lung cancer!”

Fact:

Although it is not guaranteed that all smokers will die of lung cancer, a
ccording to t
he
Center for Disease Control, p
eople who smoke ar
e 10 to 20 times more likely to get lung cancer
or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. The longer a person smokes and the
more cigarettes smoked each day, the more the risk for lung cancer (and other types of cancer)
goes up. All types of ca
ncer are the result of different genetic and behavioral components but
tobacco use increases a person’s risk for almost every type of cancer, including

cervical, kidney,
pancreatic, stomach, bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral and throat, acute myel
oid
leukemia
. (
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm
)


Myth:

“Tobacco has urine in it!”

Fact:

Tobacco has been found to contain urea, a nitrogen
-
based chemical found in urine;
however urea is not actually urine.


Myth:

“Nicotine is an unnatural substance that kills you!”

Fact:

Nicotine is the addictive element in tobacco. It is in fact produced na
turally by the human
brain in very small doses, but can be fatal if taken in excess
. Nicotine is actually used in
pesticides because it is extremely toxic and kills on contact.


Myth:
“Quitting only benefits the young smoker!”

Fact:

Quitting smoking, often called cessation, has substantial benefits at any age. Smokers who
quit before age 50 have half the risk of dying in the next 16 years compared with people who
Created by the Question Why Program with funds from the NC Health and

Wellness Trust Fund
,

April 2011


continue to smoke. Older adults who quit reduce their risk of dying fro
m coronary heart disease
and lung cancer.

(
http://www.1
-
800
-
stop
-
smoking.com/quit
-
smoking/
)

Myth:

“There are no immediate benefits when someone stops smoking and you have to wait
years for any

benefit!”

Fact:

The health benefits of cessation are immediate and significant. Almost instantly,
circulation
within the body
begins to improve and the amount of carbon monoxide i
n the blood
begins to decline. Both a person’s blood pressure and p
ulse begi
n to return to normal; and within
a few days of quitting,
breathing becomes easier
and a person’s sense of taste and smell return
.

(
http://www.myhealthclinic.org/tobacco_cessation.shtml
)

(
http://www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov/cessation/index.htm
)


Myth:

“Cigars are safe because the user does not inhale!”

Fact:

A recent study found

the mortality rate of cigar smokers to be similar to cigarette smokers.
The American Cancer Society found that

if a person smokes three cigars per day, the results
are: 500% increase in lung cancer, 1000% increase in cancer of the larynx, 400% increase i
n
cancer of the oral cavity, 270% increase in pancreatic cancer, and 360% increase in bladder
cancer.


Nicotine and other dangerous chemicals found in tobacco smoke are absorbed through
the lips and lining of the mouth, so even if a person does not inhale
they are ing
esting chemicals
in their body.

(
http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/admed/documents/TobaccoMyths.pdf
)


Myth:


Smokeless tobacco products are a safe alternative to smoking.”

Fact:


Smokeless does not equal harmless. The list of serious illnesses connected to any form of
chewing tobacco is almost too long to print, but it does include mouth cancer, cancer of the
pancreas, heart disease, tooth loss, and bone loss around the roo
ts of
teeth.
(
http://www.ucanquit2.org
)

(
http://www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov/youth/ncstep.htm
)


Myth:

"Smokeless toba
cco has fiberglass in it!"

Fact:

Smokeless tobacco does not contain fiberglass meant to tear the lining of the mouth so that
nicotine can be absorbed into the bloodstream,
but the reality is that tobacco is rough enough to
accomplish this without any fiber
glass
. The mucous membrane that lines the mouth is thin and
allow
s

substances to pass into the blood. The nicotine in smokeless tobacco can enter the
bloodstream and into the brain without fiberglass or any other coarse additives to cut the inside
of the m
ucous membrane.


Myth:

“The best way to quit is Cold Turkey.”

Fact:

The best way to quit tobacco is any way that works for you! Research shows that people
who use a telephone quitline (like 1
-
800
-
QUIT
-
NOW) or participate in a co
unseling or support
group
are

more likely to quit
than those going cold turkey. Some studies found that p
eople
taking prescription drugs, and those using nicotine replacement therapy (like the patch or gum)
are more likely to quit successfully.

(
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4615
)