How is it used?
Tobacco is smoked or chewed so that the nicotine is
absorbed via the gums.
What are the short-term effects?
When a person smokes a cigarette, the body responds immediately
to the chemical nicotine in the smoke. Nicotine causes
a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and
the flow of blood from the heart.
What are the long-term effects?
It is now well documented that smoking can cause
chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, narrowing
of the arteries, stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs,
larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. In addition, smoking
is known to contribute to cancer of the cervix, pancreas,
and kidneys. These doses not just effect the smoker. If
you smoke while you a pregnant, you run the risk of harming
your child. Researchers have identified more then 40 chemicals
in tobacco smoke that cause cancer in humans and animals.
Is it addictive?
Yes nicotine is addictive. This means that the use of
nicotine causes changes in the brain that makes people
want to use more and more of the drug. In addition, addictive
drugs cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The combination
of good feelings caused by the presence of an addictive
drug and the bad feelings when the drug is not present
make breaking any addiction very difficult. The addiction
to nicotine has historically been one of the most difficult
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