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Tobacco use, especially smoking, has been proven to harm nearly every organ in the body. It is the leading type of preventable death. 

Every year world-wide, more than 5 million people die because of tobacco use. Even nonsmokers feel the consequences of tobacco through secondhand smoke. The toxic smoke that fills the air when someone smokes a cigarette, cigar or pipe sends thousands of people to the hospital every year suffering from severe respiratory infections, asthma and other illnesses.

 
                                            
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There's been an incredible amount of prevention and education surrounding the harmful effects of tobacco since 1998. But tobacco companies always have a new trick up their sleeve. As masters of deceit, their newest form of target marketing comes in the form of a vaporizer: The E-Cig. 

They claim that it is a safe alternative to smoking and something you can use to "quit" (though there's been absolutely no studies to prove this). Imagine, the Tobacco Companies wanting you to quit...what an oxymoron! No matter how you put it, and in what form you do it...whether you are smoking or 'vaping' (what you call 'smoking' e-cigs), you are still inhaling nicotine, the main addictive ingredient in tobacco/vapor products. Nicotine in its pure form is a strong poison that is even used as pesticide. A small dose injected directly into the blood stream would kill a person within an hour, and up until now the juice that is vaporized inside the e-cigs have had no regulations...so who knows how much they actually put in there...or worse, what ingredients are used to make the juice.    



  • About every 7 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person dies from tobacco-related causes.
  • Almost 440,000 people die from smoking-related illnesses in the U.S. every year-more than from alcohol, car crashes, homicides, illicit drug use and risky sexual behaviors combined.
  • Inhaled tobacco smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, arsenic and lead. Al least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke has higher concentrations of toxins than inhaled smoke which causes lung cancer and premature death in 3,000 nonsmokers each year.
  • Soon after new smokers begin smoking regularly they may notice more coughing, more respiratory illnesses and decreased physical fitness.
  • For women, possible side effects of smoking include infertility, spontaneous abortions, still births, small babies, and premature menopause.
  • If you're age 18 and you don't smoke or use other tobacco products, chances are you won't ever start.
  • After 15 years, a former smoker's risk of death returns nearly the level of a person who has never smoked.


                        

  • The tobacco industry spends 42.1 million dollars a year for advertising in Hawaii.
  • 1.7 million packs of cigarettes are bought and/or smoked by youth each year.
  • 1,400 youth in Hawaii become daily smokers each year.
  • A statewide collaborative effort between law enforcement, merchants, schools, government and prevention agencies has contributed to a significant decrease in tobacco use in Hawaii: 60% decrease in middle schools and 40% decrease in high school students.


 
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