The Scoop On Smoking from ACSH: what every teen should know about tobacco

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Who are we?

The American Council on Science and Health, ACSH, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public health advocacy organization directed and advised by over 350 distinguished physicians and scientists representing a full spectrum of specialties in science and medicine.

What is the purpose of this website?

TheScoopOnSmoking was designed to present in a highly accesible, interactive manner, detailed facts about the health consequences of tobacco use.

Why do we feel that there is a need for this website?

Too often teens (and adults) are simply told that using tobacco -- particularly smoking cigarettes -- is "dangerous". Even the government-mandated warning label gives only a few words of caution -- all in very general terms. But the devil is in the details. ACSH's site -- which is based on a teen-version of ACSH's classic publication "Cigarettes: What the Warning Label Doesn't Tell You: The First Comprehensive Guide to the Health Consequences of Smoking" -- gives specific details of tobacco's deleterious impact on every site of the body and every organ system.

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