Parents & Teachers

Tobacco Facts


  • Smoking turns your teeth yellow.
  • Smoking makes your breath, hair, and clothes stink.
  • Smoking turns your lungs black.
  •  Smoking makes it hard to breathe.
  • Smoking makes your heart work harder than it should.
  • Smoking and smokeless tobacco hurt your sense of taste and smell.
  • Young smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost three times as much as those who don’t smoke.
  • Smoking can cause cancer and heart disease.
  • Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.
  • Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 harmful chemicals, including those found in bug spray and mothballs. 11. Nicotine is a drug in cigarettes that is addictive.
  • Tobacco is addictive. Once you start, it is very hard to stop.

Smokess tobacco (snuff, chewing tobacco, snus, dissolvable tobacco)

  • Smokeless tobacco can cause cavities and tooth loss.
  • Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth and gums.
  • Nicotine is a drug in smokeless tobacco that is adddictive.
  • Tobacco companies spend $435.7 million a year on smokeless tobacco advertising and promotion.

Secondhand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke (smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe, and the smoke exhaled by a smoker) causes coughing, colds, earaches, and worsens asthma.
  • Nationally, about 42,000 nonsmokers die each year as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Every year, over 500 nonsmokers in Mississippi die as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Secondhand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be dangerous.
  • Using fans, opening windows, or sitting in a separate room cannot eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Any place where your family spends time should be smoke free.

Cigar Smoke

  • Cigar smoking increases the risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Cigar smokers can spend up to an hour smoking a single cigar, often consuming as much tobacco as
    in a full pack of cigarettes.
  • Cigar smoking is the second most common form of tobacco use among youth.
  • Each day, more than 3,000 additional kids in the U.S. under 18 years old try cigar smoking for the first time.
  • Like cigarettes, cigars are smoked and contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds.
  • Cigars are addictive and deadly—causing lung cancer, other cancers, heart attacks, and more.
  • Secondhand cigar smoke is often even more harmful and deadly than secondhand cigarette smoke.

Mississippi Tobacco Facts

  • 5,400 Mississippi deaths result each year from smoking.
  • Annual healthcare costs in Mississippi directly caused by smoking are $1.23 billion.>
  • In Mississippi alone, tobacco companies spend $132.7 million on ads and promotions each year trying to get people to smoke.

National Tobacco Facts

  • Tobacco kills more people each year than suicides, murders, AIDS, alcohol, drugs, and car accidents combined.
  • In the United States, 1,300 people die from smoking each day.
  • This year, tobacco companies will spend $9.6 billion on ads and promotions nationally trying to get people to smoke.