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Knowing the facts about tobacco is important. So is acting on them. Like setting a personal plan to deal with cigarettes in your life. Here are reminders, ideas and tools to help you set and keep a personal smoke-free plan.

  • Health benefits of quitting: Fresher breath, Whiter smile, Lower disease risk, Healthier lungs, Stronger immune system. Now is the time to take back control. Explore quitting.
  • Did you know? Nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds.
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    Any Reason

    You don’t have to think hard to come up with a solid reason not to smoke. Can’t break up your fingers to hold a cigarette? Brilliant!

  • Quiz Yourself

    Does "social smoking" count as smoking?
    Right, it definitely counts. Some teens may have cravings after just a few cigarettes.

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    Does "social smoking" count as smoking?

    YesNoIt depends
    Wrong, it definitely counts. Some teens may have cravings after just a few cigarettes.

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    Does "social smoking" count as smoking?YesNoIt depends

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    What number of high school students don’t smoke?
    Right. Nearly 9 out of 10. So even if it seems like everyone around you smokes, smoking is actually not the norm.

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    What number of high school students don't smoke?

    1 out of 29 out of 101 out of 6
    Wrong. Nearly 9 out of 10. So even if it seems like everyone around you smokes, smoking is actually not the norm.

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    What number of high school students don’t smoke?

    1 out of 29 out of 101 out of 6

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    Carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke and what else?
    Right. Car exhaust. In fact, the concentration of carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can be 10 times higher.

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    Carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke and what else?

    CoffeeLight bulbsCar exhaust
    Wrong. Car exhaust. In fact, the concentration of carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can be 10 times higher.

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    Carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke and what else?

    CoffeeLight bulbsCar exhaust

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    How many chemicals are present in tobacco smoke?
    Right. Just one puff contains more than 7,000 chemicals—and nearly 80 of those have been linked to cancer.

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    How many chemicals are present in tobacco smoke?

    8001,100More than 7,000
    Wrong. Just one puff contains more than 7,000 chemicals—and nearly 80 of those have been linked to cancer.

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    How many chemicals are present in tobacco smoke?

    8001,100More than 7,000

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    Which of these is caused by smoking?
    Right. Both. Smoking can lead to premature wrinkles and cause serious gum disease.

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    Which of these is caused by smoking?

    Tooth lossWrinklesBoth
    Wrong. Both. Smoking can lead to premature wrinkles and cause serious gum disease.

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    Which of these is caused by smoking?

    Tooth lossWrinklesBoth

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    What number of teen smokers—who think they will quit—keep smoking?
    Right. Research shows that 3 out of 4 teen smokers who think they will quit smoking in the next 5 years—don’t.

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    What number of teen smokers—who think they will quit—keep smoking?

    1 out of 41 out of 23 out of 4
    Wrong. Research shows that 3 out of 4 teen smokers who think they will quit smoking in the next 5 years—don’t.

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    What number of teen smokers—who think they will quit—keep smoking?

    1 out of 41 out of 23 out of 4

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    Are menthol cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes?
    Right, a cigarette is a cigarette. In fact, new research suggests that menthols may be more addictive and harder to quit.

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    Are menthol cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes?

    YesNo
    Wrong, a cigarette is a cigarette. In fact, new research suggests that menthols may be more addictive and harder to quit.

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    Are menthol cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes?

    YesNo

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    What’s one reason smoking is so bad for your lungs?
    Right. If you are under 20, your lungs are still growing and may never reach their potential or perform at full capacity.

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    What’s one reason smoking is so bad for your lungs?

    It stunts their growthIt makes them expandNeither
    Wrong. If you are under 20, your lungs are still growing and may never reach their potential or perform at full capacity.

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    What’s one reason smoking is so bad for your lungs?

    It stunts their growthIt makes them expandNeither

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    On average, smokers shorten their lives by how much?
    Right. On average, smokers die at least 10 years younger than non-smokers.

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    On average, smokers shorten their lives by how much?

    5 years7 years10 years
    Wrong. On average, smokers die at least 10 years younger than non-smokers.

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    On average, smokers shorten their lives by how much?

    5 years7 years10 years

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    Roughly how many deaths in the U.S. are caused by smoking-related disease?
    Right. Responsible for nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths in the U.S., smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths.

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    Roughly how many deaths in the U.S. are caused by smoking-related disease?

    1 out of 201 out of 51 out of 100
    Wrong. Responsible for nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths in the U.S., smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths.

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    Roughly how many deaths in the U.S. are caused by smoking-related disease?

    1 out of 201 out of 51 out of 100

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    How many people in the U.S. die each day as a result of smoking?
    Right. Every day, more than 1,300 people in the U.S. die from smoking-related causes—and most started before age 18.

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    How many people in the U.S. die each day as a result of smoking?

    7001,000More than 1,300
    Wrong. Every day, more than 1,300 people in the U.S. die from smoking-related causes—and most started before age 18.

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    How many people in the U.S. die each day as a result of smoking?

    7001,000More than 1,300

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    Which of these is caused by smokeless tobacco?
    Right. Both. Smokeless tobacco causes cancers of the mouth and pancreas.

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    Which of these is caused by smokeless tobacco?

    Mouth cancerCancer of the pancreasBoth
    Wrong. Both. Smokeless tobacco causes cancers of the mouth and pancreas.

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    Which of these is caused by smokeless tobacco?

    Mouth cancerCancer of the pancreasBoth
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