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What Is Tobacco

Nicotine, a drug that is as addictive as cocaine and heroin, is the only natural source in tobacco.

 

Tobacco is a green, leafy plant that is grown in warm climates. After it is picked, it is dried, grounded up, and used in different ways.

 

- Smoked

* Cigarettes

* Cigars/Cigarillos

* Pipe

* Hookah

 

- Chewed

* Smokeless tobacco

 

- Inhaled

* Snuff

 

Nicotine, a drug that is as addictive as cocaine and heroin, is the only natural source in tobacco. Nicotine changes how the brain works and causes more cravings (American Council for Drug Education, 1999). In addition to nicotine, tobacco smoke contains a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals and about 70 can cause cancer (Report of the Surgeon General, 2010). Some of the chemicals include:

 

    • - Acetone- nail polish remover

    • - Benzene – found in gasoline

    • - Ammonia - disinfectant

    • - Formaldehyde - embalming fluid

    • - Carbon Monoxide - found in car exhaust

    • - Cyanide - rat poison

    • - Arsenic - pesticide

 

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