Did You Know?
Tobacco can be smoked, chewed, dipped, and snuffed. All of these
forms of tobacco use are dangerous and can affect your health.
Nicotine, the substance found in cigarettes and other tobacco
products is highly addictive. Research shows that the nicotine in
tobacco is just as addictive as other drugs such as cocaine or heroin.
Nicotine is both a stimulant and a depressant. That means at first,
it will increase your heart rate and make you feel more alert (similar
to the effects of caffeine found in coffee and cola). Then it can
cause you to crash, feel tired and depressed. Feeling down and tired
makes you crave another cigarette to feel alert again, creating
an addictive cycle.
Tobacco Fast Facts
- Girls and young women who are physically active or involved
in sports are less likely to use tobacco.
- Physical activity is an ideal substitute for tobacco use. It
is a healthier means to address many of the reasons why youth
start smoking such as curing boredom, maintaining a healthy weight
and managing stress. Physical activity also helps build self-esteem
and foster positive social connections.
- Each day, between 82,000 and 99,000 young people around the
world start smoking.
- Approximately 19.5 % of girls and young women (grades 6-9)
have tried tobacco.
- Approximately 48 % of girls and young women (grades 10-12)
have tried tobacco.
- Almost 20% of Canadian teenagers (age 12-19) currently smoke
either daily or occasionally.
- Roughly 75 % of adolescent females report obtaining their cigarettes
from social sources (friends, family etc.) versus 60 % for males,
who tend to buy cigarettes directly through retail outlets.
- Youth smokers make more attempts to quit smoking than adult
- Smoking rates for youth climbed in the early 1990s, but have
been slowly declining. In other words, if you stay tobacco-free
or quit now, you’ll be in good company.
- Most people who become smokers first take up smoking in their
teens. One of the major reasons teens start to smoke is peer influence.
Over 70% of teens say that having friends who smoke and/or peer
pressure is the reason they started smoking. Other reasons why
teens say they started smoking:
- “My parents smoke.”
- “I just wanted to try it.”
- “Smoking keeps my weight down.”
- “It gives me something to do when I hang out with
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sports and
Physical Activity. (n.d.). Active & Free: Young women, physical
activity and tobacco. Retrieved from http://www.caaws.caindex.cfm
Canadian Lung Association. (n.d.). Teens and smoking. Retrieved
Health Canada. (2010). Summary of Results of the 2008-09 Youth
Smoking Survey. Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/research-recherche/stat/_survey-sondage_2008-2009/result-eng.php