Tobacco Education: Tobacco Facts
True or False? Common perceptions of tobacco and tobacco use are presented here.
- Nicotine from an inhaled cigarette reaches the brain faster than from an intravenous injection.
- Research has found that nicotine is at least as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
- The majority of today's adult smokers began smoking after the age of 16.
- False. The average age at which people start to smoke is 12.
- Most smokers do not want to quit smoking.
- False. Most smokers want to quit. It takes most smokers at least 7 tries to successfully quit. Nicotine is a very addictive drug.
- An injection of one drop of nicotine will make an average sized woman or man sick within a few minutes.
- False. One drop of nicotine will kill them within a few minutes.
- The more education a person has, the less likely it is that she or he will smoke.
- True. Stay in school!
- Fires due to cigarettes are the second-leading cause of all fatal home fires.
- False. Cigarettes are the first leading cause of all fatal house fires.
- Nicotine gives a person wrinkles and cold hands.
- True. Smoking speeds up the aging process, causes blood vessels to constrict, raises blood pressure and speeds the aging of the skin. Smoking also doubles men's chances of being impotent.
- Approximately 25% of pregnant teens smoke.
- False. More than 28% of pregnant teens smoke.
- The tobacco industry spends about $1 million per day on advertising.
- False. It's much more - the tobacco industry spends $12 million per day and over $5 billion a year to promote their drug.
Information provided by Ciggy Buttz.