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Other names for tobacco

Cigarettes, cigars, shag, snus, rollies, straights.

What is tobacco?

Tobacco is one of the drugs that pep you up.

  • Tobacco is made from the dried leaves of the tobacco plant.
  • The leaves are processed into cigarettes, shag or rolling tobacco, snus, pipe tobacco and cigars.

Effects of tobacco

  • When tobacco burns, it releases nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.
  • The nicotine cheers you up, calms you down and relaxes you.
  • It increases your heartbeat and constricts your blood vessels.
  • When the nicotine in your body decreases , you get restless. You want another smoke.
  • The tar in tobacco can cause the mucous membranes in your respiratory system to become inflamed.
  • Carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in your blood. Organs like your heart and muscles are deprived of oxygen.

Risks of tobacco

What are the risks of smoking tobacco?

  • Smoking damages your skin and your teeth. It gives you bad breath.
  • Your physical condition deteriorates.
  • Smoking damages your lungs. It makes you more susceptible to bronchitis and lung cancer.
  • Bronchitis gives you a chronic cough. Tar can also cause abnormal cell growth: cancer.
  • Smoking damages your blood vessels. It causes hardening of the arteries, which can eventually lead to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Nicotine is addictive. Your body soon needs more and more nicotine to keep feeling the effects.
  • As the nicotine level in your body declines, you get restless. You light up another smoke.
  • You don’t notice you’re addicted until you try to stop smoking or you’re someplace where you’re not allowed to smoke.


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