Quotes on Smoking

Opinionated quotations from the famous and not-so-famous.

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It is easier to stay out than get out.

Mark Twain

Recent studies have found that nonsmoking women are more susceptible to DNA damage than nonsmoking men when exposed to an environmental carcinogen. Secondhand smoke is a known risk factor for lung cancer, which still kills more women and men than any other single cancer.

PARADE - page 16 - October 9, 2005

A lot of people who try to give up smoking don't realize that sometimes when they stop smoking, they suffer from low blood sugar episodes. And so the cigarettes raise their blood sugar back up again.

Dr. Patrick Kingsley (adapted)

Note from Duane Alan Hahn:

Looks like Dr. Patrick Kingsley is suggesting that eating something healthy that raises the blood sugar could possibly help with those low blood sugar episodes and keep a person from going back to cigarettes in an attempt to solve the problem.

Quitting Tips from Nick

If you are thinking of giving up smoking, I'd recommend it. The first week was the most difficult. I used apples and oranges. Oranges were better as they took a while to peel so were more hassle than an apple, also very good from a health point of view. You have to change your routine and habits completely, avoid situations where you'd usually smoke. It's nice to have energy, it's nice to have good skin, its nice to not cough up chunks of blackened lung tissue every morning, it's nice to taste food properly, it's nice to be able to run, it's nice not to stink like an ashtray.

Nick Simpson

Quitting Tips from 'Chris'

Shards O' Glass

While quitting smoking, I found that licoricebelieve it or notwas effective in filling many gaps that contributed to the difficulty of nicotine withdrawal. Licorice is shaped in a similar fashion to cigarettes, provides instant gratification in a continuous manner with no ill effects (if you buy the sugar-free kind, obviously), simulates the same consistent hand-to-mouth actions associated with cigarettes, and does trigger dopaminethe body's natural reaction to nicotine, and the major reason for its addictive effectswith its strong flavor and hardened-syrup components. It's also cheaper. [Red licorice is supposed to be 'safer' since some types of black licorice can cause health problems. Check with your doctor before trying any tips or changing your diet.]

In tandem with this strategy, buy fresh oranges and make a habit of slicing one up for yourself every couple of hours. If the craving starts to get out of control, suck on a slice of orange for all it's worth. Go through the whole piece of fruit, and try to savor it, going slowly while watching a movie or listening to music. (Keep an eye on your fingers, of coursenicotine withdrawal affects your dexterity.) Oranges really do help. And think of the healthy side-effects.

Along with exercise (the release of endorphins will supersede the craving of nicotine, in a way that will utterly shock you), these things will help you quit smoking much more easily than an expensive quitting aid found at a drug store, which will often merely replace one habit with another.

If you slip and have a cigarette, don't become defeatist and give up, thinking you've failed. YOU HAVE NOT. Everybody who tries to quit smoking slips a few times. EVERYBODY. With persistence, you will quitif you really want to. For you.


You know what? My father died at the age of 53, about 10 years ago, to smoking. And my grandfather died at 49. I've never smoked a cigarette in my entire life. So I find it really hard, and it's a bitter pill for me to swallow, to sit and watch these guys smoke their lives away earlier than anticipated. I can't understand how you can taste food, reflect it, smoke, go back and taste it. There has to be an inaccuracy beyond belief.

I'm not their dad. I'm not there to mother them. But more importantly, I wish to hell they could understand the damage in terms their palate. A refined palate is a trained palate. Smoking at the same timeit's hard. Smoking is the one thing that I find it hard to tolerate. And it frustrates me.

Secondly, you know, when you train a palate, it's like being an athlete. Every part of your body is toned. When you bring dishes and an ingredient together and it's missing something, it's complicated. It's your palate that gets you there in the end. So if I could ban smoking for every chef in the world as a mission, I'd start tonight.

Chef Gordon Ramsay from

Am I self-righteous? Why not? It's not like I can count on you to be righteous for me.

Henry Rollins

Are you a public smoker that whines about the self-righteousness and 'negativity' of some people who refuse to suck on burning tubes of paper filled with chemical-soaked chopped up leaves? OK, so you painfully attack our lungs and nasal passages with your perverted public pollution and we're supposed to be positive, pat you on the back, and tell you that everything is fine? Everything is not fine. You violate our bodies. You give us pain. You're no better than a rapist. Until you come to your senses, you are the enemy.

Duane Alan Hahn


If you are bothered by the words "you're no better than a rapist" in the quote above, according to the dictionary, rape can be "any violation or abuse: the rape of justice." If you suck on a burning tube of chopped leaves near people who don't smoke, you are violating and abusing their respiratory organs. You're basically shoving a flaming phallus down their throats and ejaculating smoke into their lungs.

Smoking areas in restaurants are like peeing areas in swimming pools.


Even after your cigarette is long gone, you have an aura of stench that constantly emanates from your body and clothing. A smoker is like a guy who dumped gas on himself while filling up a lawnmower. He can't smell it, but everyone within 100 feet can. The next time somebody coughs when you walk by, don't assume it's 'fake.' You stink.

Duane Alan Hahn

The entire issue concerning sidestream smoke . . . has been minimized by the industry. If a group of terrorists decided to place a poison gas in public places there would be public outrage and prompt reaction.

William Farone (former Philip Morris scientist)

Your Right to Smoke Ends Where My Nose Begins

What "right to smoke?" Do I have a right to light up a sulfur candle in the middle of a crowd? Or set off a 4-Gone fogger? What would happen if I ran around with a can of Black Flag, spraying it in the faces of passersby at random? I'd be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, and probably also brought up on terrorism charges, and I'd deserve it mightily. So why do people addicted to inhaling an insecticide (not only is it a common ingredient in organic bug sprays; that's also its function in the tobacco plant) believe they have a right to spew noxious, toxic, carcinogenic fumes all over the place in public?

James H. H. Lampert

You own yourself, so if you want to do something that destroys yourself, go ahead. Just don't harm others when you do.

Jim Goebel

Some smokers and ex-smokers like to say that all people have vices that harm others and smoking is no different from other bad habits such as overeating. Well, I don't know about you, but I'd rather have an overweight person standing next to me than a smoker or a drunk or a person who is high on drugs. Some vices have a more immediate detrimental effect on the wellbeing of others. Pointing fingers at other vices doesn't change the fact that public smokers attack the lungs and nasal passages of innocent bystanders, giving at least some of them instant pain and discomfort.

Duane Alan Hahn

Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be enjoyed by a worthy mind. Pleasure's couch is virtue's grave.

Augustine J. Duganne

Stop Littering!

Public smokers love to label those who don't want to breathe in their smoke as whiners. The unnatural act of smoking somehow became the default condition over the years in the minds of millions, so we have 'anti-smokers' and 'non-smokers' as if smoking is normal. People are finally waking up and saying "Wait a minute, smokers are the perverted ones, not me! Not smoking is the default condition!"

Smokers should be called 'anti-fresh-air-icans' or 'anti-pulmonarians' or 'non-humanitarians' or just plain old lung terrorists. The good news is that people's minds are becoming less clouded, which means that smokers are losing their stranglehold on the public, so now smokers have become the whiners.

Duane Alan Hahn

If I decided to act like a crazed monkey, flinging feces at everyone around me wherever I went, and a glob of it hit you in the face, you probably wouldn't like it because it's a health hazard and it stinks. Would it be OK for me to say to you, "If you don't like it, go somewhere else! I have rights too!"?

Duane Alan Hahn

Cigars are no safe alternative act.

Rep. Edward J. Markey

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Duane Alan Hahn

Health concerns aside, here's a question for smokers who don't understand that they have an unpleasant odor. Have you ever known someone who had breath that smelled like it came straight from the back end of a horse? Well, you stink just as bad to many non-smokers and that's why some of them avoid you whenever possible. You stink long after the smoke clears. The stench clings to you and your clothing. If it's true that over 60 percent of taste comes from smell, you can understand why many non-smokers don't want you to smoke in a restaurant while they are trying to eat. Smokers ruin the taste of food.

Duane Alan Hahn

After years of denial and deception, the Philip Morris company has admitted that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and other diseases. This formal acknowledgment comes far too late but still we must all welcome it. It can be the beginning of clearing the air.

Bill Clinton

Take your life back from the tobacco companies. They don't own you anymore.

Duane Alan Hahn

No one ever got sick or died from second-hand fat.


If you're smart enough to avoid smoke from a pile of burning leaves in your back yard, why would you voluntarily suck smoke from the burning leaves of a cigarette?

Duane Alan Hahn

Researchers linked smoking to cancer in the 1950s. Doctors believed them in the 1960s, but it was not until journalists believed the doctors in the 1970s that the public took notice.

Richard Peto

Wisdom and self-control are the reins that keep your freedoms from trampling the crowd. When you refuse to rein in your improper freedoms while in public or with your children, the battle is on.

Duane Alan Hahn

A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

When are people going to realize that breathing in smoke from anything that burns is not a good idea?

Duane Alan Hahn

Keep Your Butt to Yourself! Please Don't Toss It Out Your Window.

You know, it's cigarettes that killed Jerry Garcia. Everyone thinks it's heroin, but it wasn't. It was cigarettes.

John Mellencamp (adapted)

If we lose the battle against tobacco, we will lose the war against cancer.

John Arradondo

The only 'safer' cigarette is your last one.

Duane Alan Hahn

If they made all cigars and cigarettes in the shape of a certain male body part, most men would stop smoking immediately. Maybe that wouldn't happen because cigars pretty much look like that anyway and you'll still see men licking and sucking on them as if they were hungrily welcoming a boyfriend who just came back from a long trip.

Duane Alan Hahn

If you ever lit a cigarette in your life, you have very little will to live.

God from Coversations with God (Book 1) (#ad) through Neale Donald Walsch (adapted)

Keep Your Butt in the Car. The Earth Is Not Your Ashtray.

Many people who smoke are selfish. All that matters is their habit. They seem to love their addiction more than anything or anyone else. They don't care if their suffocating toxic smoke makes other people sick. They don't even seem to care if they give their own children or grandchildren headaches, bronchitis, nose-bleeds, or any other breathing or health problems.

They refuse to see the damage they do to other people and they don't seem to care. If they really cared about other people, they would at least go outside to smoke. But they usually just spout things like, "it's my house" or "I have rights too."

Message to smokers:

Stop trying to find excuses for your abuse of others and grow up.

Duane Alan Hahn

The Ducks Are Getting Cancer (courtesy of Chattanooga Lives Green)

The real reason for this $100 cigarette butt-throwing fine is (a.) we don't want litter on our streets and (b.) it costs a lot of money to clean up. When I tell you we get 5,000 butts a week, I'm not exaggerating. It's horrendous.

Clif Madrack (adapted)

Before you throw that cigarette butt, remember, that's fire burning at the end of that cancer stick. You are responsible for any property damage or lives lost because of your careless act.

Duane Alan Hahn

I love getting items from smokers. There is a thin yellow coating that you can scrape off with your fingernails and eat. It kind of tastes like butterscotch and death. It's probably what grandpa tastes when he French kisses grandma.

Duane Alan Hahn

No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.

John W. Scoville

Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.

Marquis de Sade




Smoking and Children Quotes

I used to smoke in my home, but since I have stopped, my kids don't get ear infections anymore and the colds are fewer. Not to mention how my computer hardware has benefited. The nicotine and tar is hard on fans, etc.

Ed Wenthe

Smoking Around Children Is Child Abuse!

Having a smoking parent increases a child's chance of getting an ear infection by 50 percent. The particles in tobacco can cause chronic congestion, which makes it harder for the Eustachian tube to drain fluid from the middle ear and sets the infant up for an ear infection. Some parents don't smoke in the same room as the baby, or smoke outside, but this doesn't help because the baby can still breathe in smoke from your hair and clothes. It's difficult to quit, but use your infant's health as the motivation.

Anne Beal, MD from an article on page 28 of 'American Baby' magazine 'Oh, What a Pain!' (December 2001)


When it comes to smoking, there's this big loophole. With alcohol, underage kids can't buy it, possess it or use it. Underage kids can't buy cigarettes, why do we let them smoke?

John Sponauer

When a behavior is perceived to be the norm, kids are more likely to think it's OK.

Peter Mulhall

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

James Baldwin

The 16- to 20-year-old begins smoking for psychosocial reasons. The act of smoking is symbolic: It signifies adulthood. He smokes to enhance his image in the eyes of his peers.

From a Philip Morris report

Second-Hand Smoke Makes Me Sick

Don't even bring cigarettes into the house. You already know that your spouse, your sister, and your dad shouldn't light up around your kids, since secondhand smoke ups the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and ear infections. New research has found that unless cigarettes are banned from every room in the house, there's no measurable benefit for babies and children. If there's any smoking in the home, kids suffer.

But just as essential is your attitude about smoking. A parent who asks his child to bring him his cigarettes, light one up, or clean out the ashtray is paving the way for the child to pick up the habit, say experts.

Aviva Patz from an article on page 100 of 'Parenting' magazine 'Boost Your Child's Health' (December-January 2004)

Secondhand smoke is an environmental trigger of asthma, the cause of an estimated ten million missed school days for children in the U.S. It is estimated that up to 1 million children have aggravated asthma symptoms caused by secondhand smoke.

Martha Casey (adapted)

I come from a family that had smokers in it until I was a teen. Even though my Mother and I did not smoke, we both had respiratory problems until we were away from those smoking family members for several years. Cigarette smoking helped aggravate the cancer that killed my grandmother and sped up the heart disease that killed my grandfather. I lived it. I know the truth. Smoking has no place in the home.

Duane Alan Hahn

Because children have unique vulnerabilities - they absorb greater concentrations of smoke than adults do from the same exposure - we must use greater caution in protecting them from environmental threats to their health. One of the ways parents and caregivers can do this is by taking the Smoke-Free Home Pledge - simply choosing not to smoke, and not letting others smoke, in your home or anywhere children are present. Of course, we encourage people to quit smoking entirely. We realize that is difficult, so until they can take that step, we ask that they smoke outside.

EPA Administrator Christie Whitman

No Smoking Anywhere

People may have the inalienable right to poison themselves, but they certainly have no right to poison you or your child. If you were in a store shopping and someone came up and slapped your kid in the face, what would you do? You could have that person arrested. But let that same person blow malodorous filthy smoke into your child's face and lungs and you're supposed to "realize that smokers have rights, too." Well, that's a real interesting concept. Because people have the insane, perverted habit of poisoning themselves, they expect the sane segment of the population to stand idly by while they impose their perversion on others.

From Living Health (#ad) by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond (adapted)

It's nice if you're the kind of smoker who smokes outside away from others. You're even careful not to let your smoke blow in other people's faces out there. At least you, the polite smoker, are not inflicting it on others. But, you are inflicting it on others if you allow children to see you smoke. You're giving children the idea that smoking is OK by your example. If you're trying to quit, let children know about it and tell them why. If you're not trying to quit, how about starting now? It's about time.

Duane Alan Hahn




Marijuana Quotes

We must never forget that marijuana is the drug of peace and love. Just ask all of the gang members who smoke it during their drive-by murders.

Duane Alan Hahn

For the first time, our investigation shows tobacco is not the only smoked substance that sets in motion the molecular events which can lead to lung cancer.

Dr. Sanford Barsky

There are people who think that smoking a lot of marijuana leads to divine guidance, but the only thing it leads to is cancer and a clouded mind. Some say that Jesus used cannabis oil to heal people. Notice that it was cannabis oil and not people sucking in the smoke from burning dried leaves. Smoking anything ages a person prematurely and causes other health problems. If it's true that cannabis oil can be used to cure cancer and do other amazing things, maybe people should focus on cannabis oil and stop perversely puffing on dried up burning leaves. If it's truly a gift from God or the gods or Mother Nature or whatever you believe in, don't corrupt and pervert the holy gift by drying it out and setting it on fire. Extract the oil and use it for healing.

Duane Alan Hahn (updated 2022y_11m_16d)

Marijuana is damaging to the lungs and pulmonary system because users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and then hold it in their lungs as long as possible. Marijuana smoke contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco smoke.

Adapted from which doesn't seem to exist anymore

During 20 years of examining human cells, I have never found any other drug, including heroin, which came close to the DNA damage caused by marijuana.

Dr. Akira Morishima

Specialist in Cellular Heredity

Columbia University

God also created poison ivy. Do you want to smoke that too? The fact that a plant exists does not mean that God wants you to smoke it.

Duane Alan Hahn


In Case You Didn't Know


Trump's Jab = Bad

Did you know that Trump's rushed experimental rona jab has less than one percent overall benefit? It also has many possible horrible side effects. Some brainwashed rona jab cultists claim that there are no victims of the jab, but person after person will post what the jab did to them, a friend, or a family member on web sites such as Facebook and Twitter and they'll be lucky if they don't get banned soon after. Posting the truth is “misinformation” don't you know. Awakened sheep might turn into lions, so powerful people will do just about anything to keep the sheep from waking up.


Check out these videos:

What is causing the mysterious self-assembling non-organic clots?

If You Got the COVID Shot and Aren't Injured, This May Be Why

Full Video of Tennessee House of Representatives Health Subcommittee Hearing Room 2 (The Doctors Start Talking at 33:28)



H Word and I Word = Good

Take a look at my page called The H Word and Beyond. You might also want to look at my page called Zinc and Quercetin. My sister and I have been taking those two supplements since summer of 2020 in the hopes that they would scare away the flu and other viruses (or at least make them less severe).



B Vitamins = Good

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I've been taking Jarrow B-Right (#ad) for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.



Soy = Bad

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn't bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can't tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.



Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by Ken D Berry, William Davis, and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: Undoctored (#ad), Wheat Belly (#ad), and Eat Rich, Live Long (#ad).



Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.



Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.


Eliminating farms and ranches, eating bugs, getting locked down in 15-minute cities, owning nothing, using digital currency (with expiration dates) that is tied to your social credit score, and paying higher taxes will not make things better and “save the Earth.” All that stuff is part of an agenda that has nothing to do with making the world a better place for the average person. It's all about control, depopulation, and making things better for the ultra-rich. They just want enough peasants left alive to keep things running smoothly.


Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:

CO2 is Greening The Earth

The Climate Agenda



How to Wake Up Normies

Charlie Robinson had some good advice about waking up normies (see the link to the video below). He said instead of verbally unloading or being nasty or acting like a bully, ask the person a question. Being nice and asking a question will help the person actually think about the subject.


Interesting videos:

Charlie Robinson Talks About the Best Way to Wake Up Normies

Georgia Guidestones Explained

The Men Who Own Everything

A Clip from "Heart of Gold" by Jon Gibson

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Related RT Page

Women and Lung Cancer

Some smokers point out with glee that lung cancer is also a big problem for women who don't smoke.



If You Don't Try It You Can't Get Hooked

Opinion by Duane Alan Hahn

Kill your ego. Kill the pathetic desire to look 'cool' or adult. Kill the craving for approval from groups who want you to destroy your own health to fit in. Instead of following misguided sheep, tell them that they can follow you instead.


Trashy Smokers

A lot of smokers are trashy, at least where I live. They drop or flick burning cigarette butts wherever they stand without a second thought. Since they see nothing wrong with tossing litter that is on FIRE, you know they'll think it's perfectly fine to litter roads, parks, parking lots, and more with cans, bottles, and fast food trash. They think the whole world is their personal ashtray and dumpsite. I wonder when these trashy smokers will wake up and start caring about their surroundings?

Duane Alan Hahn [2011y_03m_04d (updated 2011y_07m_03d)]


Books About Smoking


Libersmokertarian Motto

Don't like cigarette smoke? Stop breathing. Don't like our litter? Clean it up. Don't like getting killed by drunk drivers? Stay away from roads.

We are rock star pirates in our minds and we will smoke, drink, snort, and inject anything we want. When we're not littering, destroying things, spray painting property, or setting things on fire, we will do our best to make you sick or kill you. Freedom only applies to us. You are nothing but our playthings. The only thing that matters is our pleasure. The "do what you want as long as it doesn't harm others" type of thinking is for pussies. We will cheerfully trample your rights, but don't you dare try to trample ours! We are top dogs and you are nothing! If you manage to rise up against us, that's OK because we'll still be top dogs over our children and grandchildren. We'll blow smoke in their faces and you won't be able to do a thing about it.

Duane Alan Hahn [2011y_07m_16d, updated on 2019y_06m_03d]


Interesting Subjects

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

Works in favor of smokefree policies. Advocacy programs, local ordinances, news, effects of secondhand smoke, and critiques of tobacco industry actions.


Action on Smoking & Health

Left unchecked, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has a long history of taking action against tobacco.


American Lung Association

Tobacco-caused disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the USA. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a cigarette for the first time. Why does the cycle of addiction, illness and death continue?


CDC: Smoking & Tobacco Use

Information related to smoking and tobacco use.


Smokers Suck

Various reasons why smokers suck.


How to Quit

Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking

Quit smoking with the world's most effective method.


How to Quit Smoking by Using an Allen Carr Book

The book works by debunking every reason you have for smoking - leaving you with no excuse to continue smoking, and no feeling of sacrifice when you quit.


Quit Smoking With Wellbutrin?

Google search result that may be helpful for some people.


Smoker Health

That Cigarette You Smoke to Relieve Stress May Be Causing the Stress

Far from acting as an aid for mood control, nicotine dependency seems to increase stress.


Can Smoking Cause Depression?

It seems that the evidence is stacked against nicotine as a mood lifter, despite widely-held beliefs to the contrary.


Smoking and Mental Health

Regular doses of nicotine lead to changes in the brain.


Quitting Smoking Linked to Better Mental Health

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health.


Tobacco Use Associated With Dulled Thinking, Lower IQ

Smokers often say that smoking a cigarette helps them concentrate and feel more alert, but years of tobacco use may have the opposite effect.


Smoking Myths and Facts

Smoking stains your teeth, causes facial wrinkles, depletes energy, burns holes in clothes, causes bad breath and a general bad aroma. Men who smoke and have high blood pressure are more likely to become impotent than non-smokers.


Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand Smoke Harmful to Children

Many parents fail to set rules to limit children's exposure to tobacco smoke inside and outside the home.


Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Infants and young children whose parents smoke in their presence are at increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections (pneumonia and bronchitis) and are more likely to have symptoms of respiratory irritation like coughing, wheezing, and excess phlegm.


Kids Involuntarily Inhaling Secondhand Smoke

There is NO risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure, with even brief exposure adversely affecting the cardiovascular and respiratory system.


Secondhand Smoke and Cancer

Secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer and heart disease in adult nonsmokers and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, and asthma attacks in children.


Secondhand Smoke Causes Breast Cancer

Scientists at an influential California agency have concluded that secondhand smoke causes breast cancer.


Kids and Teens

Doonesbury Comic

U.S. states and underage smoking.


10 ways to keep teens smoke-free

Want to prevent teen smoking? Understand why teens smoke and how to talk to your teen about cigarettes.


Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

We have made progress in reducing tobacco use among youth; however, far too many young people are still using tobacco.


Why Is Smoking Bad for Teens?

Nearly all cases of first time tobacco use take place before a person finishes high school, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).


Taste and Smell

Smoking & Sense of Smell

Smokers are twice as likely to have a reduced sense of smell.


Cigarette Smoking Dulls Taste

Cigarette smoking not only causes cancer and cardiovascular disease, it also dulls taste, making food less palatable.


10 Reasons to Quit Smoking: Cost, Smell, Wrinkles, and More

Common daily side effects of smoking that often create the incentive to quit.


'Hell's Kitchen' Star Gordon Ramsay Angry at Chefs Who Smoke

Among those who flunk that test, he said, "I guarantee 90% either drink heavily or they smoke. And you've got no chance of having a refined palate."


No Fuming Please: Gordon Ramsay to Ban Cigarettes

"I believe that all my customers deserve maximum enjoyment from their experiences of my restaurants, and for most people that includes breathing clean air."


The Joy of Non-Smoking: Employees Benefit From Ban on Smoke

Interestingly, about half the bartenders in the study smoked. But even the smokers saw an improvement in their health when they were no longer subjected to inhaling secondhand smoke during long shifts.


Butt Litter

So What If I Throw My Butts on the Ground? They're Biodegradable, Right?



How Cigarette Toxins Pollute The Environment

Like thousands of other smokers, I didn't think twice about leaving a trail of cigarette litter behind me, but had I known how my actions affected our environment, I would have been much more careful.



Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, NOT COTTON, and they can take decades to degrade. Not only does cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year, some of them fatal.


Prevent Cigarette Litter

Cigarette butts dropped out of car windows are litter and a potential fire hazard.


Prevent Cigarette Litter: Keep America Beautiful

Create a cigarette litter prevention program in your community. It's doable. It gets results.


Keep America Beautiful

Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a huge impact on our world.


Cigarette Litter

The impacts of cigarette litter are many.


A Shameful Revelation from Barack Obama's Past

Obama was a litterbug when he was a smokerone of those reprehensible nicotine addicts who seems to believe that the world is his ashtray.


Cigarettes and Fires

Cigarette Butts and Buttheads in a Time of Fire

Boneheaded butt-flicking smokers.


Study Shows Smoking Is A Leading Cause Of Fire Disaster And Death Worldwide, Costing Over $27 Billion Yearly

Smoking is a leading cause of fires and death from fires globally.


Portable Oxygen Safety

Although oxygen is not flammable, hair, clothing, and furniture absorb the oxygen and become more susceptible to burning.


Ships Get Tough on Smoking After Fire Death

The deadly fire that swept through a Princess cruise ship is prompting the industry to make changes.


Fire Injuries, Disasters, and Costs From Cigarettes

U.S. fire tolls have fallen when smoking decreased. Further reducing smoking can substantially reduce fire and disaster tolls.


Program Estimates the Damage of Cigarette Fires

Fires started by cigarettes tend to result in more deaths and more property damage than fires started by other sources.


Six Thoroughbreds Killed After Motorist’s Cigarette Sets Trailer on Fire

A cigarette tossed by a motorist landed in a trailer carrying six horses. A bundle of hay was ignited and the young horses burned to death as fire quickly engulfed the trailer.


Smokeless Tobacco

A site dedicated to helping people quit smokeless tobacco in all of its forms including dip, chew and snuff.


Smokeless Tobacco: Tips on how to stop

Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) contains nicotine, a very addictive substance that causes changes in the way you think and act.


The Real Hazards of Chewing Tobacco and Snuff

Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms.



Don't Get Hooked on Hookah!

Hookah smoking is just as harmful as cigarette smoking and potentially deadly for asthmatics.


Hookah Smoking Not Safer Than Cigarettes

Water pipes carry just as many health risks, expert says.


E-Cigs and Hookah Pens

American Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes

Early studies show that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, including carcinogens. Two initial studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all carcinogens) coming from secondhand emissions.


Smoke Screen: Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

Even without tobacco, the poorly regulated devices may pose unique dangers.


Before You Vape: High levels of Formaldehyde Hidden in E-Cigs

The exposure to formaldehyde from e-cigarettes, based on similar chronic use as tobacco, could be five to 15 times higher than from smoking cigarettes.


E-Cigarettes in Checked Luggage Pose Fire Risk, U.S. FAA Says

E-cigarettes could cause a serious fire in mid-flight.


E-Cigarettes Linked to More Than 100 Fires

Fire services in the UK are now attending at least one blaze involving the devices each week.


Fire at Wheatmore High School Started After E-Cigarette Overheated

The fire started in the boy’s locker room after the "Hookah Pen" overheated and ignited.



Marijuana and Lung Health

Smoke is harmful to lung health. Whether from burning wood, tobacco or marijuana, toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of materials.


Marijuana Use Linked to Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana have an increased risk for experiencing psychotic symptoms, according to a 10-year study.


Cannabis Use and the Risk of Developing a Psychotic Disorder

There are also now a number of prospective studies showing that cannabis use often precedes psychosis.


Marijuana May Shrink Parts of the Brain

The study shows long-term, heavy cannabis use causes significant brain injury, memory loss, difficulties learning new information, and psychotic symptoms, such as delusions of persecution [paranoia], delusions of mind-reading, and bizarre social behaviors in even non-vulnerable users.


Does Marijuana Use Affect Driving?

A meta-analysis of multiple studies found that the risk of being involved in an accident roughly doubles after marijuana use.


The Effects of Marijuana on the Voice

Vocal cord scarring, laryngitis, traumatic injuries (polyps, nodules, etc), pre-cancerous changes, and lung disease.



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