Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States and kills more than 400,000 Americans every year. This is more than deaths caused from alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined!
What’s in tobacco?
Every puff of cigarette has more than 4,000 different chemicals including:
- Ammonia – a poisonous gas and a powerful toilet cleaner
- Cyanide – a deadly ingredient in rat poison
- Acetone – a poisonous solvent, paint stripper, and nail polish remover
- Formaldehyde – used to preserve dead bodies
- Polonium-210 – a highly radioactive element
- Carbon Monoxide - a poisonous gas
*More than 40 of the 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco are considered to be capable of causing cancer.
What are the effects from smoking cigarettes?
Short Term Effects
- Bad Breath
- Smelly Hair & Clothes
- Decreased Sensation in Taste Buds
Long Term Effects
- Known to cause lung, larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus cancers.
- Contributes to kidney, pancreatic, stomach, cervical, uterine, and some leukemia’s.
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
Everybody’s doing it?
58.4% of MSUB students have never smoked a cigarette. Montana State University Billings is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment free from tobacco use for its students, employees, and visitors. Therefore MSUB has been Tobacco Free since August 15th, 2012.