Why is tobacco so bad?

You can probably guess some of the most common forms of tobacco … cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco are just a few of them. And although you may see people smoking or chewing tobacco all the time, it’s actually a huge health risk.

Cigarettes Can Kill

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In fact, cigarettes cause more than 480,000 early deaths in the U.S every year—from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.

It’s Addictive … and Expensive

One of the chemicals in tobacco is nicotine. Nicotine helps your body create dopamine, a natural chemical that you get when enjoying good food, your favorite activity, or spending time with people you care about. Using tobacco products will give you that good feeling, but the effect wears off quickly, causing people who smoke to get the urge to light up again. It’s a dangerous cycle that can quickly lead to addiction and an expensive habit.

Are Hookahs or E-Cigarettes Safe?

No! Studies have found that a typical hookah session delivers about 125 times the smoke, 25 times the tar, 2.5 times the nicotine, and 10 times the carbon monoxide as smoking a cigarette.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine without the other chemicals—but testing of some e-cigarette products found the vapor to contain toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer. Your best bet? Just don’t smoke!

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