The BIGGEST reason to quit is the SMALLEST. Thinking about that New Year’s Resolution? Now is the time to think about your plan if you are currently a smoker (or know someone who is). Call the Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW.
Smoking while breastfeeding is not without risk. Nicotine is harmful for a baby whose body is still developing quickly. There are ways to avoid exposing your baby to nicotine by smoking after breastfeeding instead of before, and not smoking at least 2 hours before feeding.
Experts and doctors would rather have a smoking mother who breastfeeds than a smoking mother who gives formula milk. Medical experts state the nutrients in breast milk can more than compensate for the ill effects of smoking, as compared to a smoking mother that gives formula.
Let’s quit to make baby’s first food healthier.
The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is here to help.
Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.
Appeal to Young People
Youth and young adults cite a variety of reasons for using e-cigarettes. These include:
- Taste, including the flavors available in e-cigarettes
- The belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than other tobacco products
Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially with young adults. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets. More than 8 of 10 youth ages 12-17 who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes.
Youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. But a recent national survey showed that more than 6 of 10 American teens believe that e-cigarettes cause little or only some harm as long as they are used sometimes but not every day. Nearly 20% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no harm, more than half believe that they are moderately harmful, and 26.8% believe they are very harmful.
Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to believe they cause no harm than those who have never used e-cigarettes.
The Bottom Line
Nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical period for brain development, can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.
Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people.
Because most tobacco use starts during adolescence, actions to protect our nation’s young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical.
Working together, we can keep America’s youth and young adults safe from the dangers associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
Source: Get the Facts on E-cigarettes | Know the Risks: E-cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report
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Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information so we can tell YOUR story.
Graphic warnings are eye opening. The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is a resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!