What is Tobacco?

  • Tobacco comes from a plant and contains the stimulant drug, nicotine.
  • It is usually smoked in cigarettes, cigars and pipes. It is also found in a powdered form called snuff (to be sniffed up the nose) and as chewing tobacco or dip.

What are the effects of smoking tobacco?

  • Nicotine increases pulse rate and blood pressure.
  • The effects can usually be felt immediately and can last up to 30 minutes from one cigarette.
  • First time users often feel dizzy or nauseous, even after just a few puffs or “drags” from a cigarette.
  • Regular users often report that smoking reduces their anxiety and helps them relax.
  • Some smokers say nicotine reduces their appetite, so they eat less.

Is tobacco addictive?

  • Nicotine is highly addictive. Regular use can result in physical dependency with long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.
  • Depression, irritability, restlessness and anxiety are some of the symptoms experienced by smokers who haven’t had a cigarette in a while. These symptoms produce a strong craving for another cigarette.

What other problems can result from smoking??

  • Coughing, as well as other chest and breathing problems, afflict some smokers.
  • Bad breath and discolored teeth are also common among people who smoke regularly.
  • Regular smokers have a much greater risk of developing lung cancer and other forms of cancer, as well as heart disease, circulatory problems and bronchitis.
  • Smoking during pregnancy can harm an unborn child, resulting in low birth weight and other complications.
  • Second-hand smoke can also be hazardous to one’s health, especially to children and people with asthma or other chest problems.

If you smoke and want to quit…

  • Stay away from places where lots of people smoke.
  • Tell all your friends and family that you are trying to quit and get their support.
  • Let your doctor know your trying to quit, and see what they say.
  • Try acupuncture, nicotine chewing gum, patches, or other popular remedies.
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