Our Children. Our Future.

Smoking kills

Is smoking cigarettes really that dangerous?

Yes it is!
Hard to believe? You don’t see people dropping dead in the streets from smoking do you?
Just because you don’t see it though, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen!
Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable death and disease in Australia.
Every year, about 16,000 Australians die from diseases related to their smoking.
One in two lifetime smokers will be killed by their habit.
Would you wear a deodorant that killed half the people who used it?
Half of these deaths will occur in middle age. That is probably about the age of one of your parents or guardians.

Why is it so dangerous?

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. As well as tar and nicotine, there is also the gas carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust fumes and used in gas chambers), ammonia (found in floor cleaner), butane (that might be the fuel in a cigarette lighter, no wonder cigarettes light so easily!) and arsenic (found in rat poison). Then there is cadmium (batteries), acetone (nail polish remover), and formaldehyde (for embalming dead bodies)…the list goes on.

Of those 4,000 + chemicals in tobacco smoke, 69 are known to cause cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, bladder and kidneys, in fact just about every part of the body.

Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels. This can cause heart attacks and strokes. It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated.

It is the tar in tobacco smoke that causes lung cancer. Tar is made up of many chemicals, including gases and chemicals that cause cancer. It coats your lungs like soot in a chimney.

Emphysema is an illness that slowly and permanently rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis again and again, and suffer lung and heart failure. They find it very difficult to breathe, a bit like being held under at the pool, and gasping to take a breath. That is a bit like living with emphysema.

Heart disease and strokes are also more common among smokers than non-smokers. Smoking makes the blood cells and blood vessel walls sticky which allows dangerous fatty deposits to build up.

For 10 years researchers were studying people who had died in car accidents in the USA. They could tell the difference between a smoker and non-smoker simply by the amount of this fatty build up in the aorta. Smokers had these deposits, even teenagers!

Girls who start smoking as teenagers are more likely to experience premenstrual tension, heavy periods, severe period pain and irregular periods. They are also more likely develop breast cancer as adults. Researchers found that breast tissue may be most vulnerable to cancer-causing chemicals during puberty. This is when the breast tissue cells are rapidly multiplying. Go back and read about the p53 gene again. It may help to explain to you why this happens.

You guys don’t get away with it either. Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the extremities of the body, one of which is the penis. Males who smoke are far more likely to become impotent.
You know what that is, can’t get a hard on, can’t get it up.
That’s impotence.

Nicotine is addictive, but what does that mean?

Nicotine is a very powerful drug. Some studies suggest that it is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. The latest research suggests that some people can become dependent on nicotine after smoking only a few cigarettes. In fact scientists now believe that younger brains are more sensitive to nicotine than the brains of older people and that young people may be more prone to becoming dependent on nicotine.

When smoking a cigarette, nicotine is delivered to the brain in just a few seconds. In fact ammonia (that’s the toilet cleaner stuff), is added to the tobacco in cigarettes by the tobacco companies to speed up nicotine delivery. Cigarettes are the most efficient nicotine delivery system yet devised. It is just that it this also the filthiest and most dangerous system as well. Take another look at the section on the contents of tobacco smoke.

When you become dependent upon nicotine, your body “needs” nicotine to feel “normal”. So as the nicotine leaves your body, your body lets you know that it is running short.

Your body sends you this information in a number of ways. You get “cravings” which is the urge to smoke. You body is telling you that it is dependent upon nicotine to feel normal. You may feel irritable or anxious. This is another sign that you are not in control, but that you are dependent upon nicotine. Nicotine is telling you what to do. You are dependent upon nicotine.

Some benefits of quitting

  • When you find yourself unable to go out without your packet of cigarettes
  • When you get anxious when you do not have cigarettes with you
  • If you have to have a cigarette, even if you don’t feel like one, when you know that you will not be able to smoke for some time.

Try this are you hooked on nicotine test?
(adapted from HONC test with permission John R. Polito)

Nicotine Dependence 10 Warning SignsDo you normally inhale the cigarette smoke deeply into your lungs?
Do you enjoy cigarettes more when you inhale the smoke deeply into your lungs?
Do you find it difficult not to have a cigarette when you are with friends who are smoking?
Is it hard to keep from smoking in places where you are not supposed to, like school?
Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day?
Do you normally have your first cigarette within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning?

How dependent are you?
If you answered YES to:
0-1 Probably not dependent
2 Possibly dependent
3-4 Dependent
5-6 Strong dependence

Some benefits of quitting

You will feel the benefits of quitting straight away as your body repairs itself.

You will have more money.
And it can improve your social life, not to mention your chances in attracting a partner.

Health Benefits
You probably don’t need to read all this.
You know it already, right?

  • After twelve hours almost all of the nicotine is out of your system
  • After twenty-four hours the level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped dramatically. You now have more oxygen in your bloodstream
  • After five days most nicotine by-products have gone
  • Within days your sense of taste and smell improves
  • Within a month your blood pressure returns to its normal level and your immune system begins to show signs of recovery
  • Within three months the blood flow to your hands and feet improves
  • After twelve months your increased risk of dying from heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker
  • Stopping smoking reduces the incidence and progression of diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • After ten years of stopping your risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline (provided the disease is not already present)
  • After fifteen years your risk of heart attack and stroke is almost the same as that of a person who has never smoked.
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NSW Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NT Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the QLD Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the SA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the TAS Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
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To whom it may concern

Countrywide Austral and PCYC Victoria have built a strong relationship delivering the Streetsmart Handbook to young people all over Victoria.

The handbook has been running for 15 years now and we are very proud to be associated with such a fantastic product.

PCYC also receives valuable funding, raised from the advertising dollar, which is vital to our ongoing success.

This partnership is essential as we work together to support the youth of today.

Victoria Police and Citizens Youth Club Inc.

For all enquiries regarding the VIC Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the WA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200
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Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NSW Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the NT Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the QLD Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the SA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the TAS Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au
Dear Reader,

We hope this book assists you through the sometimes complex issues which will confront your life. In your dealings you may have with Police and other emergency services personnel please remember that they are people with lives and they are trying to assist you. Police will go in harm’s way to protect you. That is why Auspol was formed to help them.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Trustees
Auspol – Police Welfare Foundation

For all enquiries regarding the WA Streetsmart handbook, please call 03 9937 0200.
Dear Reader,

Here at Neighbourhood Watch Australasia we make it our business to help create safe, connected and inclusive communities and our partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will assist teenagers with issues such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more. It will also engage our brand and goals where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.

The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.

Your support is appreciated.

Happy Reading
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
www.nhwa.com.au