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Want To Look Your Best? Don’t Smoke

Sara Bellum
July 07, 2010

Many teens and their parents spend money on clothes, haircuts, braces, perfumes, athletic gear and sports memberships, all to try and look their best. But smoking cigarettes can cancel out all these hard-earned efforts. Besides diseases like cancer and emphysema, smoking can cause:

  • Yellow-brown teeth and bad breath
  • Discolored skin on your fingers
  • Smelly clothes and hair (Not good on a date!)
  • Loss of sense of smell and taste (So much for your favorite foods)
  • Lower stamina for exercise and sports
  • Deeper wrinkles than average for a person’s age
  • Uncontrollable coughing fits and mucous overload

The list of negative effects goes on and on. We told you in an earlier post that 75 percent of high school seniors prefer to date someone who doesn’t smoke. This list makes it easy to understand why!

Ready to Quit? It’s never too late—or too early!—to quit smoking. Quitting isn’t easy, but resources are out there to help. In fact, the CDC has several resources on quitting smoking that can help you out. The guide offers specific tips on what to do on the day you quit and ways to distract yourself in the first, hardest days after you toss out the pack and lighters. For instance, when cravings hit, you can:

  • Carry things to put in your mouth, like gum, hard candy, or toothpicks.
  • Keep busy by going to the movies, bicycling, walking the dog, playing video games, or calling a friend.
  • Go places where you’re not allowed to smoke, like the movies or the mall.

When you quit, treat yourself to a reward, and pay for it with the money you used to spend on cigarettes. To talk to someone about quitting, call the national toll-free number, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). If you don’t smoke (good for you!) but you may have a friend or sibling who does, so send them this blog post to encourage them to take the positive, life-saving step of quitting.

Comments

Wow that's scary, i was browsing through this on my pc, and my heart almost jumped when i saw these pics, goes to show what smokes have lined up for them in later life.

wow that is crazy. I dont smoke and never will but I know alot of ppl who do so Im gonna tell them to check out this blog. thanks

Wow, these pictures really get the point across. I will be sharing them with my smoker friends.

Thanks,

Mark

when i see young adults smoking 1 pack a day it makes me wonder how their parents let them do such things..

Teens often make decisions without their parents knowledge or input. In fact, adolescence is a time of experimentation and testing boundaries, when trying new behaviors or taking up habits teens know their parents don't approve of is often seen as a sign of independence, or rebellion. Unfortunately, the nicotine in cigarettes is an addictive substance - so sometimes an experiment turns into a habit that's hard to break. But many smokers do kick the habit everyday. For ideas and resources on how to quit - or not to start - check out the blog post: No More Smoking http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/no-more-smoking-may-31-2010/

I quit, but I still from time to time smoke Hookah Pipe, I wonder if it has the same effect.

Although many hookah smokers think it is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, water pipe smoking still delivers the addictive drug nicotine and is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. Hookahs do not filter out the bad chemicals and particles that can cause lung disease. Smoking any form of tobacco, including flavored tobacco, can cause disease--even smoking cigars that you don't inhale. For more info see http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_nicotine1.php

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i've smoked and i've quit and i'm back around the block. i've decided to quit now. it's so addictive, but i believe anyone can do anything they set their minds to. the worst part about is the bad breath it leaves you with. i've devoted time to getting cures for bad breath in my blog.

i think i will never smoke because ive seen people like this before and its not a good look and i dont want end up looking like a sick monkey

if seen these kind of problem in my family and thats true.and by looking at those pictures its gonna make me wanna smoke even less know just by me smelling the smoke of an cigarette makes my head hert.the damages you can get are skin cancer yellow teeth bath breath and trust me not that much people will want to be next to you meaning you will have no friends.

Drugs is diving people crazy if you don't want to use drugs than don't use drugs.

drug addiction is hard to overcome n its is very harmfull-

i think that smoking is not good although many smokers think its less harmful than smoking cigarettes water pipe smoking still delivers the addictive drug nicotine and is least as toxic as cigarette smoking

I don't smoke i wont never smoke in fact i'm also going to make my friend check out this page

THIS IS A EXCELLENT BLOG THAT CAN TELL YOU SMOKING IS A BAD THINGS FOR PEOPLE AND I WILL FOLLOW IT

smoker is no good because you going to be looking like a old man

If you want quit than quit using drugs or it going mess up your life forever.

doing drugs is bad

i am not the type of person that smokes but you give alot of good information it feels bad to see young teens my age smoking and i cant also belive that thier parents let them i feel sorry i will try to convience people to stop smocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow i aint belive what somkin can do to u your body start to change and everything else.....

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more people shud stop smoking cigerates because they can kill u and make yo bruth stank

;*This Was Alot Of Good Information That,,i'DiDNT Know.!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow ! i never new smoking could do that to u man thats crazy but i do not smoke but i know ppl oh do so ima try to convince them not to smoke thanks.

@the lady with wrinkles oh my gosh she looks ah mess she looked really pretty when she was younger then as she older her face started lookin messed i think shoukd have look real pretty if she wouldnt have start smoking

i think this blog meant for people who is smoking and let them know how they wuld look when they get older

is not possible to people smoke cause: u can have cancer etc and it's a lot imformation about cancer and if u wanna know about cancer u can go anywhere to know bout cancer so people need becarefull u can be dead very fast .u can find like:80% people who have cancer but different ways not only when smoke

wow this crazy this blog is very helpful it shows alot what smokeing can do to your face and what can it cause example such as cancer and other deadly diseases this so crazy im gald they made this website but at the same time this is not funna stop some teens somokeing they just look at it n say wow this junk is aint forreal imma keep smokeing cause it make me feel good..cause some teen smokers will just look at it in it will go in one part of da head n out there mouth and say this stupid this aint true imma keep doing me and keep smoken but in the future when it comes in hunt them they will regreat not listening in the past...!!!!

EVERYTIME I SEE A YOUNG PERSON SMOKING OR USING DRUGS I FEEL BAD .BECAUSE THATS THEIR THEY LIFE WASTING AWAY BECAUSE OF SOME DUM MISTAKE THEY CHOICE TO DO...SO I SIT AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE DIFFERENT EFFECTS AND THINGS THAT HAPPEN BCAUSE OF USING DRUGS..
USING DRUGS IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR MIND BODDY OR SOUL..DRUGS IT NOT GOOD IT CAUSE CANCERS,DIEASES,AND CAN KILL YOU OF USING TO MUCH OF THE DRUG.I REALLY DONT SEE WHY KID OR PEOPLE PERO=IOD DO IT IN THE FRIST PLACE BE ONCE AGAIN ITS THE DUM THINGS THEY CHOICE TO DO AND IN THE END THEY GOING TI LEARN THE HARD WAY BUT IF SOMEONE TALK TO THEM THE WOULD LISTEN AND MAYBE CAHGED THEY WAYS...THANK..MS CHINA.P!

- omg , i feel sorry for you because you a lady and you not suppose carry yourself like that because if that was me i wouldnt even tired but i understand how it is because i have a couple of friends like that and i know better ''smoking dont get you know where in life" in it have you lookinq like that , but i hope u learn your leason ( ~_~ ) !

DONT USE DRUGS IT NOT THE ANSWER FOR NOTHING YOU DO..IT CANT HELP WITH FAMILY OR SCHOOL OR FRIEND PROBLEM...JUST DONT DO DRUGS...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i never smoke before and i will never do but after what i learn if
i saw someone smoking i will tell them what i learn and that smoking
can be dangeuos.

Smoking is bad for your ealth.

smooking is very bad and it could make you look bad and it smees up your life

smoking cigarettes can cancel all of this because most people get attached to cigarettes and smoking,but they just can't stop because it's in their system and it's disrupting every good part of their brain

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