Don't get trapped. Nicotine in cigarettes,
cigars and spit tobacco is addictive.
Tobacco and sports
Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and puts a strain on your heart.
Smoking can wreck your lungs and reduce oxygen available to muscles
used in sports.
Smokers suffer shortness of breath (GASP) almost 3 times more than
Smokers run slower and can't run as far. This hurts overall sports
Cigars and spit tobacco are NOT safe alternatives. Sean Marcee, a
high school star athlete who used spit tobacco, died of oral cancer
when he was 19 years old.
Tobacco and how you look
Yuck! Tobacco smoke makes your hair and clothes stink.
Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath. Use of spit tobacco can
cause cracked lips, white spots, sores and bleeding in your mouth.
Surgery to remove oral cancers caused by tobacco use can lead to serious
changes in how your face looks.
Know the truth. Despite all the tobacco use on TV and in movies, music
videos and magazines, most teens, adults and athletes DON'T use tobacco.
Make friends, develop your athletic skills or other talents. Be independent!
Don't waste (burn) money on tobacco. Spend it on CDs, clothes, games
Modified from CDC publication:
What You(th) Should Know About Tobacco. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/Yuthfax1.htm
Susan Flagler, DNS, ARNP
Family and Child Nursing
School of Nursing
University of Washington