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The Dangers of Smoking - Things You May Not Know!

Do you think smoking makes you look cool and mature? Well, it does - if wrinkles and yellow teeth are the look you want! Find out how cigarettes damage your body every time you take a puff with this comprehensive guide to addiction help.

Smoking - Smoking Stinks!

For their small size, cigarettes pack in a ton of chemicals including tar (not the black gooey liquid that's used on roads, but just as gross), carbon monoxide (the same stuff released by cars) and nicotine, which causes a temporary tingly feeling, or headrush, and is highly addictive. That means you'll get so used to it that you'll need it just to feel normal! Smoking kills hundreds of thousands of people each year cuz it causes diseases like bronchitis, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), heart disease and many types of cancers including lung and mouth. Some of these illneses may not affect you until you're older, but there are a bunch of problems that'll hit you right away:

  • Yellow teeth
  • Really bad breath
  • Stinky clothes and hair
  • Lots of coughing, even though you're not sick
  • Less endurance when playing sports (nicotine makes it hard for blood to move around in your body, which makes you feel tired and cranky)

Smoking - Sweetening the Poison

Tobacco companies are using flavors like pineapple and coconut to get teens to light up. With names like Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada and Warm Winter Toffee, they sound like the ice cream flavor of the week, but are actually the latest line of flavored cigarettes. The marketing ploy seem to be working cuz a 2005 survey found 20% of teens smoked flavored cigarettes compared with just 6% of smokers over 25. But just cuz they're flavored doesn't mean these cigarettes are less dangerous. They contain all the same chemicals as regular cigarettes!

Smoking - Smokin' Facts

  • A single cigarette takes about five to 20 minutes off a person's life.
  • About 4.5 million American teens are smokers.
  • Almost 90% of smokers take their first puff before their 21st birthday.
  • An estimated 438,000 people in the US die from smoking-related diseases each year.

For more info on the dangers of smoking, head to the American Lung Association.

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Dear Dish-it, i always wanted to be in a band but my parents are saying you should forget about that, you should get a real future. I have fought my case by they just get it.  Please help me Bye
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Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Maybe he likes you, as a friend or as more.
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Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Friends grow apart as we grow up and change at different rates. It's fine to stop being friends, but it doesn't have to be in a mean way. The best thing to do is talk to her (nicely). You don't have to tell her she's being childish or you feel as if you've matured more. That would be terrible. Talk about things you guys like to do in common or make plans to try new things together. Or don't mention it at all, but don't just begin ignoring her. Eventually the friendship will fade the less time you spend together. 
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Amalegend20 posted in Friends:
You should be nice to her. If you have to break the news gently don't make her feel bad just talk to her about and see what she says  
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hugebear posted in Friends:
My bff and I were best friends but weve grown apart im getting older and she still wants to do kid stuff I have new friends now I feel like im being mean to her but like doesn't she get the memo I feel both guilty and mad:} Gosh.... put the shoe on  the other foot and see how would you feel if your bff done this on you. You has been bffs for the long time [Im guessing] and your maturing faster than her.  I agrees you are being mean to her if you doesnt discuss how your feeling with her and ignoring / avoiding her or whatever your doing.    She has been the good friend to you and she deserves to understand if you is growing up faster than her.  I really feels sad for how she could be feeling right now. She didnt do anything wrong.  You changed. Not her. Please be nice to your friend/ex friend and let her down gently [if you really has to] ^^ Me opinion  
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