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Tobacco Abuse Resources

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Did You Know? 9 in 10 Cigarette Smokers First Tried Smoking Before Age 18.

Why do so many young people use tobacco at an early age? According to the CDC, there are a variety of factors that influence youth tobacco use, including peer pressure, genetics, mental health issues, and growing up in an environment with smokers. 

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get The FAQs Answers to Your Most Common Questions About Tobacco

Is vaping healthier than cigarettes?

The rise of electronic cigarettes has led many people to ask that very question. While the technology is still very new, researchers have already begun exploring the consequences of vaping on overall health as compared to smoking traditional cigarettes. This preliminary research has indicated that e-cigarette flavorings contain chemicals known to be toxic to the human body—including carcinogens and heavy metals. It will be some time before we can truly understand the long-term health consequences of vaping, but current research suggests that smoking electronic cigarettes is not a harmless habit.

Does smokeless tobacco carry the same risk of cancer as cigarettes?

While smoking cigarettes is most commonly associated with lung cancer, smokers are also at increased risk of head, neck, and mouth cancers (among others). When you use smokeless tobacco (sometimes referred to as "dip" or "chew"), you likewise are at risk of developing cancers of the lip, tongue, cheek and esophagus—which can be some of the most disfiguring and deadly cancers out there. 

Is it harmful to be around someone who is smoking or vaping?

Regular exposure to secondhand smoke is not that different from being a smoker yourself. You can experience significant health consequences from inhaling the smoke that comes from the end of a pipe or cigarette, or by breathing smoke exhaled by a smoker. In addition to risk for cancers throughout the body, people exposed to secondhand smoke are likelier to get sick more often, get more ear infections, and have respiratory or breathing problems.

Resources

  • Tobacco & Vaping

    National Drug Fact Week presentation on tobacco and vaping

  • Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention

  • Not My Kid

Drug & Alcohol Treatment in and around Prosser, Washington

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, please contact one of the following organizations.

Integrity Support Services, LLC

242 Division Street
Grandview, WA. 98930
(509) 882-8012

Valley Vista Medical Group

820 Memorial Street, Suite 1
Prosser, WA 99350
(509) 786-2010

Central Washington Comprehensive MH Sunnyside Center

1319 Saul Road
Sunnyside, WA 98944
(509) 837-2089

Merit Resource
Services

702 Franklin Avenue
Sunnyside, WA. 98944
(509) 837-7700

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