HOW TOBACCO AFFECTS YOU

Brain

  • Nicotine, the drug that makes tobacco addictive, goes to your brain very quickly.
  • Nicotine makes you feel good when you are smoking, but it can make you anxious, nervous, moody, and depressed after you smoke.
  • Using tobacco can cause headaches and dizziness.

Mouth

  • Tobacco stains your teeth and gives you bad breath.
  • Tobacco ruins some of your taste buds, so you won’t be able to taste your favorite foods as well.
  • Tobacco causes bleeding gums (gum disease) and cancers of the mouth and throat.

Heart

  • Smoking increases your heart rate and blood pressure and causes heart disease and heart attacks.
  • If you try to do activities like exercise or play sports, your heart has to work harder to keep up.

Lungs

  • Smokers have trouble breathing because smoking damages the lungs.
  • If you have asthma, you can have more frequent and more serious attacks.
  • Smoking causes a lot of coughing with phlegm (mucous).
  • Tobacco can cause emphysema (lung disease) and lung cancer.

Skin

  • Smoking causes dry, yellow skin and wrinkles.
  • The smell sticks to your skin.

Muscles

  • Less blood and oxygen flows to your muscles, which causes them to hurt more when you exercise or play sports.