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What You Should Know About Tobacco

From The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Tobacco And Athletic Performance
  • Donít get trapped. Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and spit tobacco is addictive.
  • Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and puts added strain on your heart.
  • Smoking can wreck lungs and reduce oxygen available for muscles used during sports.
  • Smokers suffer shortness of breath (gasp!) almost 3 times more often than nonsmokers.
  • Smokers run slower and canít run as far, affecting overall athletic performance.
  • Cigars and spit tobacco are NOT safe alternatives.
Tobacco And Personal Appearance
  • Yuck! Tobacco smoke can make hair and clothes stink.
  • Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath.
  • Short-term use of spit tobacco can cause cracked lips, white spots, sores, and bleeding in the mouth.
  • Surgery to remove oral cancers caused by tobacco use can lead to serious changes in the face. Sean Marcee, a high school star athlete who used spit tobacco, died of oral cancer when he was 19 years old.
So. . .
  • Know the truth. Despite all the tobacco use on TV and in movies, music videos, billboards and magazines — most teens, adults, and athletes DONíT use tobacco.
  • Make friends, develop athletic skills, control weight, be independent, be cool ... play sports.
  • Donít waste (burn) money on tobacco. Spend it on CDs, clothes, computer games, and movies.
  • Get involved: make your team, school, and home tobacco-free; teach others; join community efforts to prevent tobacco use.
Last updated March 6, 2009




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