Tobacco use, especially smoking, has been proven to harm nearly every organ in the body.

Every year world-wide, more than 5 million people die due to tobacco use. Even non-smokers are affected by tobacco use 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.

The E-Cig

The tobacco industry's newest form of target marketing comes in the form of a vaporizer.

There's been an incredible amount of prevention and education surrounding the harmful effects of tobacco since 1998, leading to a decline in smoking over the last two decades, but tobacco companies are always looking for ways to increase their profits. They claim that smoking e-cigarettes is a safe alternative to conventional smoking and something you can use to quit for good, but that is not entirely true. Tobacco companies wanting you to quit is a conflict of interest. Whether you are smoking or "vaping" (using e-cigs), you are still inhaling nicotine, the main and most addictive ingredient in tobacco products. Nicotine, in its pure form, is a strong poison that is commonly used in pesticides. A small dose injected directly into the blood stream can kill a person within an hour. The juice that is vaporized inside the e-cigs currently has no regulations, so any amount of nicotine can be put into an e-cig. Who knows how much they actually put in there, or worse, what ingredients are used to make the juice.

Did you know...

  • Worldwide, someone dies from tobacco-related causes every 7 seconds.
  • 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. At 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.
  • 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.

Click here to learn about the history of the tobacco industry and how they market their products.