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Tobacco Companies Want Kid to Smoke. Are You Okay With That?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

$9.5 billion. That’s the amount of money tobacco companies spend each year marketing their deadly products in the United States. With today’s stringent tobacco marketing laws, they’re exploiting new, effective marketing strategies, including targeting minorities. Whether it’s African Americans, service members, women, children, or a host of other minority groups, the tobacco industry has a […]

Make time to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Being a parent is no easy task—especially when it comes to discussing important issues like tobacco use. But as a parent, your attitudes and opinions will strongly influence your child’s behavior. That’s why it is essential to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco.

The Real Cost of Tobacco

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

In Oklahoma, tobacco comes with a hefty price tag — costing nearly $1.62 billion in excess healthcare costs, $2.1 billion in productivity losses and $264 million in Medicaid costs each year. However, the real price tag of tobacco can’t be measured in dollars.

Secondhand Smoke. It’s More than an Annoyance. It’s a Serious Health Hazard.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Secondhand smoke is not just a mere annoyance. It’s a serious health hazard. Cigarette smoke is a toxic soup of more than 7,000 chemical compounds — 250 are known to be harmful, and at least 70 cause cancer. Chemicals in the makeup of secondhand smoke include:

Just How Dangerous Is Secondhand Smoke?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Respiratory infections. Severe and chronic heart disease. Stroke. Cancer. These are just a few of the numerous health effects linked to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is an immense danger. It is classified as a Class A carcinogen, as it has been proven to cause cancer in people. Plus, it contains more than 7,000 chemicals—250 are […]

Think there are safe forms of tobacco? Think again.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

While cigarette smoking has been on the decline, many alternative tobacco and nicotine delivery products have been gaining popularity. Many of these products are perceived to be safer substitutes for cigarettes. However, these products still pose serious health risks due to the chemicals and toxins they contain.

Hookah: How bad is it for you?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -
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What is hookah? A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. When smoking hookah, charcoal heats the tobacco in the head of the pipe, and then smoke is filtered and cooled through water at the base before being inhaled through a hose.

E-Cigarettes: How safe is vaping?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -
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E-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown dramatically in the last five years, particularly among high school students. In Oklahoma, 19% of high school students use e-cigarettes — that’s more than adults. It’s so popular that high school students are vaping more than smoking regular cigarettes.

Oklahoma Youth to Stand Up Against Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day

Written on March 14th, 2017 by -
Community members celebrate Kick Butts Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 13, 2017) – With the youth-targeted hashtag of #iKickButts, the 2017 Kick Butts Day celebration encourages youth across Oklahoma to stand up for tobacco-free environments by attending events and exploring the resources offered by Tobacco Stops With Me.

COPD & Lung Cancer: A breathtaking look at secondhand smoke.

Written on November 1st, 2016 by -
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Here’s a stat that will take your breath away: secondhand smoke kills nearly 50,000 nonsmokers in the U.S. every year — 2.5 million since 1964. Of all the ways secondhand smoke can harm your body, the lungs take a direct hit. It can cause or worsen a wide range of breathing problems in children and […]