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If You Smoke - You Can Choke - or Worse - CROAK!


It is easy to tell who smokes. And it doesn't matter if they smoke cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe. Sometimes you know when you walk into their house. It smells weird. There may be a dish of ashes and cigarette butts on the table. Their clothes and hair smell odd. Smokers cough and wheeze. They cough a lot and cough up gooey mucus. Worse, their breath is - whoa! - BAD. Smoking is definitely not cool!

Many adult smokers started during their teenage years. Unfortunately, young people still try smoking even though the dangers are well known. It is easy to get hooked. Nicotine (nick-oh-teen), a chemical found in tobacco products, is very addictive. Quitting smoking can be just as hard as kicking a drug habit.

Cigarettes contain many different poisons. When tobacco is burned it gives off gases that are very unhealthy to breathe. Each cigarette smoked can shorten a person's life. Thousands of people die every year due to smoking and second-hand smoke.

Kids like to be active and have fun. There are so many things to do. Soccer, basketball, swimming, skateboarding, skiing in the winter months, school dances, football, and much more. But kids that smoke get sick more often. Being good at sports can be hard because smoking causes shortness of breath. When breathing is difficult, running fast or keeping up is almost impossible. Even food doesn't taste the same. Make it a personal goal not to start smoking.

It is easier not to even try smoking than to kick the habit.

Updated on: 02/01/10