Young Adult Tobacco Facts
1. Want a good job? Here’s a tip. Over 6,000 companies do not
Source: Ozols JB. A job or a cigarette? Newsweek. February 24, 2005. Retrieved online at http://www.workrights.org/in_the_news/in_the_news_newsweek.html.
2. Formaldehyde is one of the ingredients used in cigarettes. Yeah, it’s the same stuff used to preserve the dead frogs you dissected in Biology.
Source: Baker RR. The generation of formaldehyde in cigarettes: Overview and recent experiments. 2006; 44(11): 1799-1822.
3. Studies show non-smoking women are the sexiest around. You can’t argue with scientific evidence.
Source: Hines D, Fretz AC, Nollen NL. Regular and occasional smoking by college students: personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 1998; 83(3): 1299-1306.
4. Smoking causes excess belly fat. So that new diet probably won’t work if cigarettes are still on the menu.
Source: Troisi RJ, Heinold JW, Vokonas PS, Weiss ST. Cigarette smoking, dietary intake, and physical activity: effects on body fat distribution: The Normative Aging Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1991, 53:1104-1111.
5. Think Fido and Kitty are cute? Second-hand smoke cause asthma and oral cancer in cats. Second-hand smoke also puts dogs at higher risk for nasal, sinus, and lung cancer.
Source: Reif KS, Bruns C, Lower KS. Cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in pet dogs. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1998, 147(5):488-492.
Source: Bertone ER, Snyder LA, Moore AS. Environmental tobacco smoke and risk of malignant lymphoma in pet cats. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002, 156:268-273.
6. Guys who smoke are more likely to have mutated sperm. How’s that for a Facebook status update?
Source: Potts RJ, Newbury CJ, Smith G, Notarianni LJ, Jefferies TM. Sperm chromatin damage associated with male smoking. Mutation research/fundamental and molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis. 1999; 423 (1):103-111.
Steps to be Successful in Quitting
I AM quitting because I want to:
I WILL be successful if I:
I CAN deal with my cravings if I:
Why LSU is Tobacco-FreeLSU is doing its part to help create a tobacco-free generation. Here are the direct benefits to the LSU community:
When you quit smoking...
1. Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal in 20 minutes
2. Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels drop by 50% after 8 hours
3. Body becomes carbon-monoxide-free after 1 day
4. Sense of taste and smell improve after 2 days
5. Energy increases and breath becomes easy after 3 days
6. Circulation improves within two to 12 weeks
7. Lung function increases after 3 to 9 months
8. Heart-attack risk drops by 50% after 1 year
9. Lung cancer risk drops by 50% after 10 years
10. Heart-attack risk becomes the same as non-smokers after 15 years
Uncomfortable feelings disappear quickly
1. Irritability lasts less than 4 weeks
2. Depression continues less than 4 weeks
3. Restlessness lasts less than 4 weeks
4. Poor concentration remains less than 2 weeks
Please comply with the new tobacco-free campus policy. Smoking and e-cigarettes continue to be prohibited in Tiger Stadium. Bring chewing gum, hard candy or plastic straws to chew on. Consider using nicotine gum or nicotine patches to be more comfortable during the game. Use the same strategies you use on long airplane flights to make it through the game. Find alternatives to stress reduction if the game is too exciting: take deep breaths, drink a lot of water and tell yourself to be calm. Of course, the best way to respect the new tobacco-free policy is to kick the habit while the Tigers are kicking the ball.
White teens take smoking cues from the movies
plays a significant role in influencing smoking habit among
white kids. A report on kid smoking found that white teenagers
who like to watch R-rated movies or have television sets in
their bedrooms are more than twice likely to smoke than white
teens who don't. But however, African American teens seem to
be influenced less even though they watched more R-rated
movies than their white classmates and are more likely to have
their own TVs.
One possibility cited in the study was that black teens didn't relate as well to the movie characters because most were white. Other scientist found that programs that engaged children psychologically were the most effective in encouraging them to smoke. Nevertheless, the biggest factors influencing kid smoking were having best friends who smoked, being a thrill-seeker and having inattentive parents.
Sources: White teens take smoking cues from the movies, By Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
March 6, 2007
Nicotine Boost Was Deliberate
In recently years, manufacturers deliberately boosted nicotine levels in cigarettes to more effectively hook smokers. This study by Harvard researchers further confirmed a landmark Massachusetts Department of Public health study released last August, which showed that the amount of nicotine that could be inhaled from cigarettes increased an average of 10 percent from 1998 through 2004. However, the report did not address causes of the nicotine increase. The Harvard study used information supplied by the industry.
Philip Morris, the biggest US tobacco maker, rebuked such analysis, saying that the nicotine levels of Marlboro product have fluctuated and the rates in 1997 and 2006 were identical.
Sources available at http:www.boston.com/news.local/massachusetts/articles/2007/01/18/nicotine_boost_was_deliberate_study_says/
Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act
Act 211, which required all public campuses in the state to have smoke-free or tobacco-free policies in place by Aug. 1, 2014, remedies an over site in the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act (Act 815) passed in 2006 in response to Louisiana citizens who want and deserve the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. This marks a major turning point for our state, placing Louisiana among national leaders in an effort to protect Americans from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants with or without attached bars. Smoking will still be allowed in stand-alone bars and casinos.
The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act also covers: Cafeterias, Sandwich stands, School cafeterias, Kitchen, Catering facilities, Banks, Healthcare facilities, Hotel-motel lobbies, Public transportation, Sports arenas, Theaters, Shopping malls, Laundromats, Reception areas/waiting rooms, Retail stores, Places of employment, Private residences when used for licensed child care, day care or health care facility centers or those carrying children ages 12 and younger, Education facilities, Schools (elementary and secondary), and School buildings (entire campus within school gates and school buses).And now, all public campuses in Louisiana are fighting the tobacco epidemic and making Louisiana a better state for us all! THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING!