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547 Lesson 2 Cho osing to Live Tobacco Free A tobacco-free lifestyle improves heart and lung function, which helps your athletic performance. List some other benefits of living tobacco free. HS_HEALTH_U07_C21_L2 12/8/03 1:03 PM Page 547
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Why Some Teens Use Tobacco n spite of the many benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle, some I teens choose not to resist the pressure to start smoking. Some teens think that smoking will help them control their weight or cope in times of stress and crisis. Other teens believe that smoking will make them seem mature and independent. These beliefs are far from the truth about tobacco use. Because smoking reduces the body’s capacity for physical activity, it may actually lead to weight gain. In addition, health problems and nicotine dependency will increase the tobacco user’s stress level. Other reasons for teen tobacco use are peer pressure and media influences. Some teens try their first cigarette with a friend who already smokes. Other teens may try tobacco to imitate, or model, celebrities or other adults who smoke. Some teens are influenced by ads that depict tobacco use as glamorous and sophisticated. Being aware of these influences and being informed about the harmful effects of tobacco can help teens resist the pressure to use tobacco products. Teens who analyze these influences realize that most people who use tobacco products suffer from health problems and wish they could quit the habit. Reasons to Give Up Tobacco Use any teens who start using tobacco do decide to quit. Here are M just a few of the reasons they cite: They begin to have health problems, such as asthma or respiratory infections. They have the desire, will, and commitment to stop. They realize how expensive the habit is. They realize that using tobacco can lead to other risky behaviors, such as the use of alcohol and other drugs. They find it difficult to purchase tobacco products because selling tobacco products to persons under the age of 18 is illegal in all 50 states. They realize the damaging effects of secondhand smoke and don’t want to harm their families and friends. Stopping the Addiction Cycle illions of people have succeeded in their effort to quit tobacco M use. Overcoming nicotine addiction can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Most people who stop using tobacco will experience symptoms of the process that occurs in the body when nicotine, an addictive drug, is no longer used. The cravings nicotine withdrawal 548 Chapter 21 Tobacco Within 20 minutes blood pressure and pulse rates drop. Body temperature in limbs returns to normal. Within eight hours oxygen levels return to normal. In 24 hours the chance of heart attack begins to decrease. In 48 hours nerve endings begin to regrow. Senses of taste and smell improve.
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