Don’t Be a Bonehead: Say Yes to Life and No to Tobacco
We’ve all seen those scary ads on TV about how bad it is to use tobacco, especially when you start during your teens.
These are the ads that make you feel really uncomfortable and gross because they show what can happen after really extreme side effects of tobacco take over your life. But Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well, developed this website to help you learn even more about the dangerous side effects of chewing, dipping and smoking tobacco. It’s called “Don’t Be a Bonehead,” which is part of Get Healthy, Live Well’s “Go for 0” campaign, because becoming addicted to tobacco is a boneheaded move.
Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — the federal department that tells us what foods, drugs and cosmetics are safe — agrees that you should be aware of the dangers of tobacco and said so in this press release.
In August, the FDA banned the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to minors as part of its plan to extend its regulatory powers across all tobacco products. The new rules stop the sale of e-cigarettes and any “vaping” products to anyone younger than 18. E-cigarettes, also called e-cigs, e-hookah or vapes, place teens at risk to the harms and addiction of nicotine.
“Don’t Be a Bonehead” is all about teaching you to stay away from secondhand smoke and not smoking (or using tobacco) in the first place. You may have heard that smoking makes you look cool. But Get Healthy, Live Well wants you to see how uncool tobacco really is.
To spread the “Don’t Be a Bonehead” message, Get Healthy, Live Well staff and volunteers are going out into the community to teach even more teens about the effects of tobacco, which is not only hazardous to your health, but addictive. This website features a humorous but gross video that illustrates the “ick” factor in teen tobacco use. The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, posted here and shared in social media, was created to spread the tobacco-free message — especially to teens just like you who live in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.
To spread this message in person, Get Healthy, Live Well uses an anti-tobacco station, which features real pig lungs — one that is healthy and another that was put into a simulator to show what smoking does to a lung. Be sure to check out the video and like the “Don’t Be a Bonehead” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dontbeabonehead.
If you’re interested in not being a bonehead, continue to explore the Don’t Be a Bonehead website, then share it with your friends! For more information about Get Healthy, Live Well, visit www.GetHealthyLiveWell.org.