Nicotine Health Hazards
Nicotine Health Hazards
Nicotine isn’t just a chemical in tobacco. It’s a deadly drug sold on virtually every street corner. The health impact of nicotine is serious.
From the instant it enters the bloodstream, nicotine affects virtually every organ in the body. Over time, it re-programs the nervous system, leading to addiction and cravings. For many, it’s a shortcut to death.
Follow nicotine’s trail of destruction.
Dangers of E-cigarettes for Youth
E-cigarettes are a gateway, leading young people down the path to the cancer-causing harms of cigarettes. To adults, young smokers are more likely to become dependent. Tobacco companies know young addicts become lifelong smokers, so they market to children aggressively with candy flavors and colorful packaging.
Dangers of Nicotine for Adults
Neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by the human body. They play a major role in regulating bodily functions and everyday life. Neurotransmitters are especially important in the brain, where they influence thinking and emotions.
Repeated nicotine exposure alters important brain structures. Along with the intense pleasure of smoking, these changes tighten the noose of addiction. New pathways in the brain put adults on a path to cancer, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes, and death.
Nicotine Health Hazards for Native Americans
Tobacco use originated thousands of years ago in the sacred rituals of Native peoples. After European contact, merchants spread tobacco around the world, igniting a global health pandemic. The result for Native Americans was catastrophic.
The lethal effects of commercial tobacco can’t be overstated. Today, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Native Americans. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, and diabetes prevalence has skyrocketed. All of these conditions are caused or worsened by smoking.
Honoring Sacred Tobacco
TSET and the Oklahoma State Department of Health respect the traditions of Oklahoma’s Native peoples. When used in sacred rites and ceremonies, tobacco promotes peace, unity and spiritual health. Working together, we can restore the sacred status of tobacco while eliminating the threat of commercial tobacco to American Indians.
Let’s Choose a Better Path
Smoking is a dead end, but it’s not a one-way street. Together, we can turn things around for ourselves and our children. Let’s blaze our own trail of hope, health and happiness.