In this podcast for kids, the Kidtastics talk about the dangers of using tobacco. Created: 4/23/2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 4/23/2013. Series Name: CDC Kidtastics.
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[Announcer] This program is brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[Chris] Hi kids! Welcome to CDC Kidtastics Radio! I’m Chris Kidtastic. Today, we’re talking about tobacco and why it’s bad news for our health.
[Caydan] Tobacco? Like cigarettes?
[Chris] Caydan, tobacco is used to make cigarettes, but it’s also used to make cigars and smokeless tobacco, also known as chew, snuff, dip, or spit tobacco.
[Karmen] Tobacco contains nicotine, which is addictive. Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and puts added strain on your heart.
[Kaya] Smoking can wreck lungs and reduce oxygen available for muscles used during sports. Smokers run slower and can’t run as far.
[Chris] Yeah, and if tobacco wasn’t nasty enough, companies add other things to it when they make cigarettes. They know the stuff is bad for people’s health, but they add it anyway!
[Karmen] Cigarette smoke contains 69 chemicals that are known to cause cancer. There are super-dangerous chemicals in cigarettes that would make front-page news if they were in anything else!
[Caydan] No wonder everyone says smoking is so bad for you. I’m glad I know why, now!
[Chris] Thanks for listening to CDC Kidtastics Radio. We’ll talk to you again soon. Until then... be a safer, healthier kid!!
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