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<em>Unfiltered</em> - Anti-smoking CD impresses middle schoolers and their teachers. Story by Sally Bell
Spring 2005      

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Smoking facts from Unfiltered

  • 31 percent of all Texas public middle school students and 43 percent of all Texas public high school students have tried some form of tobacco products.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimates that, every day, 6,000 teens begin smoking.
  • Studies indicate that as many as 90 percent of all smokers begin smoking as teenagers.
  • 70 percent of smokers age 17 or under say they regret ever picking up a cigarette.
  • One of six deaths in the United States is a result of smoking cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, you're 23 times more likely to contract lung cancer than if you don't smoke.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of all fatal heart illnesses in the United States.
  • About 90 percent of all people with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer use tobacco.
  • Pregnant women who smoke may cause more than 2,000 sudden infant death syndrome fatalities every year.
  • Children of smoking mothers have a one in two chance of having some problems learning to read, write and reason.


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