JUST like cigarettes, vapes AND DIP contain nicotine.

Whether nicotine is smoked, dipped or vaped, it is addictive. The truth is, no matter where you get it from, nicotine is risky.  It can harm your developing brain, which can negatively impact your performance on the field and in the classroom.  There is no such thing as a "safe" tobacco product.  So, don't let nicotine strike you out looking. Learn more about the health consequences of nicotine below. 

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is the addictive chemical found in tobacco products.  It is quickly absorbed when you smoke, dip or vape, going directly to your brain, making you feel happy and satisfied.  This is what makes nicotine dangerously addictive.  As you begin to use tobacco more and more, you are being exposed to chemicals that harm nearly every organ in your body.  

Pro Tip 1: 

More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other drug.  Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol.  

The Truth About Vapes

Vapes are not just harmless water vapor.  They are actually a type of e-cigarette that usually contains nicotine.  And besides nicotine, your vape/e-cig/e-hookah/JUUL/mod, can contain other harmful ingredients, including: ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into your lungs, flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease nicknamed Popcorn Lung, volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.  Not convinced? Click here to learn even more about the risks of e-cigarettes.  

Vaping-related illnesses in Louisiana

Pro Tip 2: 

JUULs have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes!

The Truth About Dip

Dip is a type of smokeless tobacco that has high levels of toxic chemicals and can lead to nicotine addiction.  Your dip/spit/chew/snuff can also cause cancer of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas, and can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.  

Pro Tip 3:

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at age 54 after cancer caused by chewing tobacco.  Pitching GOAT Curt Schilling has also suffered oral cancer due to chewing tobacco. 

Do You Vape or Dip?

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