Tobacco

Consider the risks

Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 53,000 deaths annually due to heart disease, lung disease and other related diseases.

Although 76 percent of white collar workers are covered by smokefree policies, just 52 percent of blue collar workers and 43 percent of food service workers benefit from these protections.

The medical costs and economic losses to nonsmokers suffering from lung cancer or heart disease due to secondhand smoke are estimated to total nearly $6 billion a year in the U.S.

For every 8 smokers who die from smoking, one non smoker is killed by secondhand smoke.

Other Forms of Tobacco:

E-Cigarettes

What are they?    Batter operated devices that resemble regular cigarettes    Function by vaporizing a nicotine solution to create a mist that is then inhaled by the user    Available in a variety of flavors and different nicotine strengths

Hazards:
May contain cancer-causing chemicals and tozix chemicals such as anti-freeze
Quality and amount of nicotine and other chemicals in these products is not regulated
Advertized amounts of nicotine sometimes differ from the actual concentration within the cartridge.

A Safe Alternative to Cigarettes? The e-cigarette still contains nicotine and many toxic substances found in regular cigarettes which could cause cancer. Since nicotine is still present the risk of addiction is the same as regular cigarettes.

Hookah

What is it?
A device used to smoke specially made tobacco in a variety of flavors
Designed with a long tube passing through an urn of water that cools the smoke as it is drawn through the tube

Hazards: Hookah smoking can cause cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, nicotine dependence and low birth weight in babies.

A Safe Alternative to Cigarettes? In a typical 60 minute hookah smoking session, a person can inhale as much smoke as a cigarette smoker inhales from 100 cigarettes. In this session, a hookah smoker takes in more nicotine and toxic substances than someone who would be smoking a regular cigarette.

Dissolvable Tobacco

What is it?
Tobacco product place in the mouth where it dissolves to release the tobacco
Products come in pellet, strip, and stick form and are spit-free.

Hazards: Similar to users of spit or chew tobacco, the use of dissolvables may pose health risks such as cancer (lip, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, pancreas and stomach) and mouth disease.

A Safe Alternative to Cigarettes?
May contain up to three times the amount of nicotine found in one cigarette
Smokers may get a higher nicotine dose than they are used to, leading to possible nicotine poisoning
Dissolvable products contain cancer causing substances.

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Tobacco Free Zone

To learn more about tobacco-free policies or the Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership, please contact Robert Ostbye 252-6852