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Be Kissable

    "I only smoke when I:
  • go out with friends
  • am studying late
  • drink
  • am offered a cigarette
  • cram for a test
  • am with other people who smoke
  • stay up really late
  • am in finals"


Most college students DON'T smoke. Some college students are addicted to nicotine and smoke on a regular basis. Most of these wish they had never started.

There's another group who don't consider themselves smokers but do smoke "socially." If you are in this group, there are a few things you should know.

How "occasionally" is your "occasionally?" It might be more than you think. Even if you smoke socially, you are doing damage to your heart and lungs, not to mention the smell of smoke on your clothes, hair and breath.

An occasional smoker using a half pack when out drinking experiences 100 'hits' and chemical 'pairings' of alcohol and tobacco in one evening. That's 800 chemical pairings a month. Your brain gets used to this association and cries out in displeasure when the pattern is disrupted. It gets harder to do one activity without the other.

Estimates indicate that among occasional cigarette users about 50% will go on to smoke full-time for an average of 6-10 years.

According to new research, there is a synergistic effect with tobacco and other mood altering substances. For whatever reason, biologic or sociological, smokers are more likely to use other substances.

If you are a "social smoker," take an honest look at your behavior. Stop smoking now.

Join the healthy majority who choose not to smoke before you join the group of "everyday" smokers who wish they never started.

We are here to help you when you want to quit smoking.

You either smoke or you don't!

Bacchus Gamma Peer Education Network,
Virginia Commonwealth University
Tobacco Free U (Bacchus & Gamma)

What do I have to LOSE by not smoking??

  • Hacking cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bad breath
  • Yellowing teeth and fingernails
  • Stale, stinky smoke smell on hair, clothes, everything
  • Premature wrinkling
  • Scorch marks on belongings, risk of fire
  • Messy ash trays
  • Ugly butts - on the sidewalk, in your car, outside buildings
  • Real money drain
  • Dull sense of taste
  • Increased risk of heart disease and stroke (twice as high as non-smokers)
  • Respiratory disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis
  • Increased risk of cancers - lung, mouth, larynx (voicebox), bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, stomach, leukemias
  • Increased risk for incontinence, cataracts, osteoporosis, impotence, infertility
  • Men - impotence in later years - the number one reason in men aged 40 and over
  • Women - risk for blood clots and stroke/heart attack if using birth control pills and over 35 years old
  • Low-weight babies or increased risk for miscarriage
  • Smokeless users - tooth loss, gum disease, cancer of mouth and larynx

Compiled from these sources: American Lung Association, Quit-smoking.com, Quitnet.com

Less than 2 out of 10 K-Staters smoke cigarettes.

(Based on 2010 KSU survey)

In addition to nicotine, more than 4000 chemicals have been identified in tobacco products, including tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde and ammonia. Common household uses for some of these chemicals include nail polish remover, toilet cleaner, cigarette lighter fluid, insecticides and rat poison. Not so common uses include gas chamber poison, swamp gas and rocket fuel.