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Take the pledge to be tobacco free

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Congratulations! By making the right decision right now, you have taken a huge step along the Trail of Courage. Use the information on this page to help you continue your tobacco-free journey.

Explore the effects tobacco can have on your body. Click on the circles to learn more.

Every time you smoke a cigarette, you breathe in ammonia, arsenic, butane, cadmium, ethanol, toluene, and more. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 different chemicals, 37 of which cause cancer. Smokeless tobacco, too is deadly, containing cancer-causing substances.

It’s no surprise that tobacco use leads to one of every five deaths in the United States. Tobacco kills more Americans than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, illegal drugs, car wrecks, suicide, and murder combined.

You’ve probably heard that smoking causes lung cancer. But did you know that tobacco attacks nearly every part your body? View the body to the right for a rundown of some of the damage tobacco does—from your brain to your big toe.

9 EASY WAYS TO SAY NO

– Take a stand and stick up for yourself.
– Say no, and warn about the consequences.
– Say no, but try to add a little humor to your refusal.
– Steer clear and avoid the pressure.
– Say no, and change the subject or suggest something else.
– Reverse the pressure, put on a little pressure of your own.
– Say no, and walk away with no explanation.
– Say no, and ask a question.
– Say no, and give a reason for your refusal.

TRAIL OF COURAGE DISCUSSION GUIDE

Click here to download the Trail of Courage discussion guide.

MORE USEFUL LINKS

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Right Decisions Right Now
American Lung Association

25 Comments on Take the pledge to be tobacco free

  1. green machine // December 2, 2008 at 8:53 pm // Reply

    thats nasty you shouldnt do that, thats wrong :^(

  2. dont smoke it is bad and a sin

  3. smoking is a waste of time and $$. when you smoke your putting you and everyone else in danger. think how beautiful this world would be if no one smokes. for goodness sakes if you don’t care about yourself at least think of your children.

  4. Im a patrol leader Troop 53 // November 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm // Reply

    I dont get smokers it makes no sense in why you should smoke. Just stick to the facts

    1. It is NOT cool

    2. Scroll up

    3. Waste of $

    4. Need i say more?

  5. i smoked, does that mean im dead? and if im dead how did i post this?

  6. SMOKING IS BAAAAAAD never do it tel the people you love to stop as long as you can.

  7. Don’t smoke!!!!

  8. Bernardo (Troop 25) // October 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm // Reply

    Smoking is really bad, my aunt smoke and he can’t hear and see so good…

  9. YOU CAN TAKE SOME SIMPLE , EVERYDAY ACTIONS THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN’S LIVES

  10. it is bad to smoke

  11. Well, I still don’t understand why people smoke… it is weird.

  12. Ugh, Yuck. That brain looked like bad cabbage. Smoking is terrible. >=^(

  13. u know allot of people just ignore these facts and keep on going we need to stop and realize what it is doing to ourselves, before long term effects begin

  14. Drugs–and smoking–are a deadly game!

  15. Smoking is bad for your lungs.Your lungs will turn black.You could die!You might maybe have lung cancer.Do not smoke it is bad.

  16. My grandfather used to call cigarettes “coffin nails,” while he kept on smoking them. He died at the young age of 64 and couldn’t hardly breathe.

  17. I argee with everyone who sent a note on Boyslife.org!

  18. i read once that one ciggarett takes away three minn of your life

  19. MAN smoking is more dangerous than i thought!!!

  20. Ihatesmoking // August 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm // Reply

    eeew!

  21. PEOPLE WHO ARE SMOKING YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF GUYZ .

  22. I think the pictures I saw were amazingly devastating. everybody should stop!!

  23. badlysunburned496 // August 20, 2008 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    that is sad how it reprograms your brain so that you THINK that you need to smoke, but then you get all sick in the end.

  24. I learned a lot I didn’t know. I’m going to memorize what it says and go up to people smoking outside and warn them what they’re doing to themselves.

  25. coolest

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