Tobacco

Resources/contacts


If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs, help is available at:

Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline
800-562-1240

Crisis Clinic Resource Hotline
360-586-2800

True North-Student Assistance Services
360-339-8108

Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center
800-332-0465

If you want to learn more about drug abuse or find information on particular drugs, the following links can be useful:

Drug dependence/abuse information by WebMD

Drug information and parenting advice

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s family guide to underage drinking

The Partnership at DrugFree.org has information for parents in English and in Spanish, along with a drug guide

 

Ohio State University Medical Center describes substance abuse and chemical dependence in an easy-to-read manner and answers frequent questions.

For information on tobacco education and prevention and for smoking cessation help, see TOGETHER!'s program page.


Tobacco is a plant whose leaves are usually smoked but also can be made into products to chew, snuff or dip. The leaves contain nicotine, a very poisonous chemical often used as an insecticide. Nicotine is a stimulant.


Immediate effects of tobacco use include:

Increased heart rate and rise in blood pressure

Nausea

Dizziness

Relief of tension and tiredness

Bad breath and stained teeth



Tobacco use can lead to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks; strokes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; emphysema; and several types of cancer, most commonly of the lungs, larynx, mouth and pancreas. The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco use caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004 and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. Other long-term effecst include stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, lung and heart damage, and a reduced sense of taste and smell.


Online resources:

www.smokefree.gov: A national quit site that offers live chat with experts

www.quitnet.com: Offers a savings calculator and online support forum

www.alaw.org: American Lung Association of Washington

www.cancer.org: American Cancer Society

Information on tobacco from Partership for a Drug-Free America

An extensive list of tobacco facts and fact sheets from Pacific Medical Training.


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