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T.R.A.K.S. (Teen Rebels Against Kids Smoking) is another component in which trained students teach elementary students the negative effects of smoking cigarettes. T.R.A.K.S. is funded by the San Lorenzo Unified School District's competitive TUPE Grant and is a program designed to train peer educators on the health risks, economics, and advertising tactics involved in using all forms of tobacco ingestion. Students receive training by the District's TUPE coordinator and then, forming peer education teams, these students plan and implement lesson plans that 'pass along' vital information to students in middle schools and in high school health classes, so that students can make healthier lifestyle choices. T.R.A.K.S. works with our smoking cessation program, Health Center, and their counterparts at Arroyo High School. Next year, T.R.A.K.S will work with other disciplines (photography, drama, T.V. communications, marketing, economics, leadership and health programs) in implementing an exciting, highly visible new tobacco education program.

Meetings are held in Portable B on Thursdays, alternating between 1st and 2nd period. All students are encouraged to get involved. See Ms. Sorensen in Portable B to sign up.

Did You Know....?

Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 Minutes After Quitting

Blood pressure drops to normal

Pulse rate drops to normal

Temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

8 Hours After Quitting

Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal

Oxygen level in the blood increases to normal

24 Hours After Quitting

Chance of heart attack decreases

48 Hours After Quitting

Ability to smell and taste is enhanced

2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting

Circulation improves

Walking becomes easier

Lung function increases up to 30%

1 to 9 Months After Quitting

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease

Cilia regain normal function in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, reduce infection

Overall energy increases

1 Year After Quitting

Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker

5 Years After Quitting

Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker

5-15 years after quitting

Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker

10 Years After Quitting

Lung cancer death rate about half that of a continuing smoker

Precancerous cells are replaced

Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases

15 Years After Quitting

Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker