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WLW Teen Health Vocabulary - Tobacco

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Nicotine
An addictive drug present in tobacco
Tars
Chemicals present in tobacco. Burning them releases carcinogens
Carcinogens
Cancer-causing agents
Bronchi
Two main airways in the lungs; branches of the windpipe (trachea)
Mucus
Slippery secretion produced by cells of the body's linings that protects the surfaces of the linings
Cilia
Hair-like structures extending from the surface of cells that line the body passegeways. They wave, propelling mucus to sweep away debris
Bronchitis
Respiratory disorder with irritation of the bronchi; thickened mucus; and a deep, harsh cough
Emphysema
Disease of the lungs in which many small, flexible air sacs burst and form a few large, rigid pockets
Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
Aka COLD; Term for several diseases that interfere with breathing
Carbon Monoxide
Deadly gas formed during the burning of tobacco
Ulcers
Open sores in the lining of the digestive system
Sinuses
Spaces in the bones of the skull
Mainstream Smoke
Smoke that flows through the cigarette and into the lungs when the smoker inhales
Sidestream Smoke
Smoke that escapes into the air from the burning tip of the cigarette; inhaled by the smoker or others
Asthma
Difficulty breathing; wheezing sounds from the chest caused by air rushing through narrowed air passages
Smokeless Tobacco
Used for snuff or chewing instead of smoking
Quid
Small portion of any form of smokeless tobacco
Leukoplakia
Whitish/greyish patches that develop in the mouths of tobacco users that may lead to cancer
Unethical
Against the rules of right and wrong; not un line with accepted moral standards