Tobacco Quiz Answers:
Cigarette smoking kills more people each year than AIDS, car accidents, homicides, suicides, drug overdoses and fires combined.
TRUE: Cigarette smoking kills nearly 420,000 people each year. A smoker's life expectancy is reduced by 15 to 25 years, and smoking is the single most preventable cause of death
Smoke inhaled from a cigarette reaches and affects the brain faster than intravenous drugs.
TRUE: Nicotine is a fast-acting, highly addictive drug. Smokers become not only physically addicted to nicotine, but they also link smoking with many social activities, making it much more difficult to quit
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals.
TRUE: The smoke is the most lethal part of the cigarette and contains not only tar, a known carcinogen, but also cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, wood alcohol and ammonia. Each time smoker’s inhale, they take these chemicals into their lungs, along with such harmful gasses as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide
Smoking affects sexual and reproductive health only in women smokers.
FALSE: Heavy smoking decreases blood flow to a man's penis, which contributes to impotence. Male smokers are also at increased risk for infertility, since smoking reduces sperm density and motility (ability to move)
Although smoking damages the inside of your body, it causes no external permanent damage to a smoker's appearance.
TRUE: When you smoke, carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream, which decreases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to tissues -- including skin. The result is wrinkles and graying of the skin, especially around the mouth
If you're undergoing any type of surgical procedure, you should quit smoking in advance of surgery.
TRUE: A smoker's skin does not heal as quickly or as well following surgery as that of a non-smoker. Even stopping smoking a few weeks in advance of the surgery, and during the healing process, can make a difference in how well your skin fares from the procedure
Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop asthma.
TRUE: Children are especially susceptible to secondhand smoke because their lungs are still developing. If a child already has asthma, secondhand smoke will worsen the condition
One cigar can contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes.
TRUE: Cigar smoke is just as lethal as cigarette smoke. A single, large cigar smoked in one hour can contain as much tobacco as a pack of cigarettes. Even a once-a-day cigar smoker is exposed to the same level of nicotine as that of a pack-a-day cigarette smoker
The highest smoking ethnic group is white non-Hispanics.
FALSE: According to the American Lung Association, 35% of Native Americans/Alaskan Natives are smokers, compared with 26% of African Americans and 25% of white non-Hispanics. Although smoking has declined among the white non-Hispanic population, tobacco companies have begun to market extensively toward minority groups.
Smoking increases your risk for developing osteoporosis.
TRUE: Smoking increases your risk of developing osteoporosis -- fragile bones -- by reducing the blood supply to your bones and slowing the production of bone-forming cells.