Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Tobacco comes from the leaves of the tobacco plant. It contains a drug called nicotine which is highly addictive. It's nicotine that gives smokers their 'hit'.


Fags, rollies, smokes, ciggies

The effects
Smoking any drug gets it to the brain quickly. When a smoker inhales, the nicotine reaches the brain in around 8 seconds. Regular smokers say it helps them relax and feel less hungry.

Chances of getting hooked
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Smokers can get hooked very quickly and it can take years and a huge effort to kick the habit. Not many people are able to remain occasional smokers.

Appearance and use
The leaves of the tobacco plant are dried then rubbed to produce a brown, flaky mixture. It can be bought loose as rolling tobacco or in ready-made cigarettes. Tobacco is most often smoked but some people chew it.

Tobacco contains over 400 chemicals. Many of them are known to do nasty things to the human body.

The risks
*Nicotine speeds up the heart rate and increases blood pressure.
* First time smokers often feel sick and dizzy.
* Smokers are more likely to get coughs and chest infections.
* Long-term addiction could leave you with cancer, emphysema (related to your lungs) or heart disease.
*Smoking has been linked to the amputation of 2,000 limbs a year.
* Other people breathing in your smoke could end up with breathing difficulties, asthma or even cancer.

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