Tobacco Affects Many Parts of the Body

Cigarettes can cause: cancer of the mouth, kidneys, cervix, pancreas, stomach, bladder, or throat, leukemia, stroke, aneurysm, heart attack, lung diseases, lower bone strength, a miscarriage or preterm birth.

Cigarettes aren’t just made of tobacco and some flavor, they contain over 4,000 chemicals.  These are the same chemicals found in wood varnish, the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover, and rat poison.

Smokeless Tobacco can be just as harmful as cigarettes. Chewing tobacco and snuff can cause mouth, tongue, throat, esophagaus, stomach and pancreatic cancers. Additionally, it can do serious damage to your teeth and gums.

For more info, on tobacco and your body, check out the American Cancer Society’s web page.

“Light” Cigarettes

Cigarettes become “light” because microscopic holes are placed in the filter.  In theory, this causes more smoke to exit the filter before entering your body.  This all sounds good but when you think about it, your fingers and lips cover the filter closing the holes, causing all the smoke to enter your body.  Suddenly, light becomes…not so light anymore.

Tobacco Use is an Addiction

When you smoke, dip or chew, it causes your brain to produce the chemicals that make you feel happy.  Eventually, your body begins to crave this chemical release and can only be satisfied by a cigarette or chew.  This is why quitting is so difficult – your body literally feels like it needs a cigarette to satisfy its cravings. It isn’t, however, impossible. Many people quit each year and Mason is here to help.