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advertising and promotion. Tobacco companies are now required to fund ads that discourage young people from smoking. Financial cost. Tobacco use is expensive. Many teens find that they would rather spend their money on healthier alternatives. Societal pressures. Legislative acts have limited smoking in public places. More young people are growing up in an environment that is less tolerant of secondhand smoke. Family influence. Many teens avoid tobacco use because their parents strongly disapprove of the use of tobacco products. On a sheet of paper, list all of the negative effects of tobacco use that you can recall. Then write three refusal statements you can use to avoid tobacco use. 546 Chapter 21 Tobacco '91 '93 '95 '97 '99 '01 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 High school students who reported smoking a cigarette in the last 30 days percent After peaking in 1997, teen smoking has fallen sharply. What has con- tributed to the drop in teen smoking in recent years? Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 HS_HEALTH_U07_C21_L2 12/8/03 1:03 PM Page 546
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Benefits of Living Tobacco Free eople who have never used tobacco and people who have quit P enjoy the many benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle. Avoiding tobacco lowers the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It improves cardiovascular endurance and lung function, which increases physical fitness and enhances athletic performance. Living tobacco free has mental, emotional, and social benefits, too. Tobacco-free people have a sense of freedom because they know that they are not dependent on an addictive substance. They experience less stress because they don’t have to worry about health-related problems caused by tobacco use. A tobacco-free lifestyle also helps a person look and feel better. Having higher energy levels, healthier skin, fresher breath, and better-smelling clothes and hair increases confidence in social situations. Strategies for Preventing Use of Tobacco he best way to avoid the negative consequences of tobacco use T is never to start using tobacco products. Nearly 90 percent of all adult smokers started when they were teens, so if you avoid tobacco use during middle school and high school, you are likely to stay tobacco free throughout your life. Below are some strategies to help you stick to your decision to live tobacco free. Choose friends who don’t use tobacco. Being around people who share your values and beliefs will strengthen your commitment to lead a tobacco-free life. Avoid situations where tobacco products may be used. By staying away from such situations, you reduce the chance of being pressured to use tobacco. Practice and use refusal skills. Prepare in advance what you will say if someone offers you tobacco. Your refusal may be a simple “No thanks,” or you may give a reason, such as, “No, I need to stay fit for the track competition.” Be assertive, and leave the situation if the pressure continues.
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