Nicotine (Drugs: the Straight Facts) by Heather Lehr Wagner

By Heather Lehr Wagner

Nicotine covers the heritage of tobacco cultivation and use, and the present attitudes that encompass smoking. This identify explains nicotine's results on neurochemical pathways, in addition to the well-being risks linked to smoking. This name is part of the medicine: The immediately evidence sequence, which seems to be to supply uncomplicated details on the most extensively abused ingredients.

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But, they view the hazards of smoking as something that happens when they are older, say in 40 or 50 years. They believe that they will easily be able to stop before they reach the age when smoking will seriously damage their health. But they are wrong. MYTHS ABOUT SMOKING How smart are you about tobacco? There are a number of myths about tobacco products. The following section, based on facts collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help you compare some of the myths about nicotine and smoking with reality.

SECONDHAND SMOKE In recent years, we have learned that smoking does not simply pose a health risk to the smoker, but also to anyone around him or her. S. Surgeon General had published a report outlining concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace. In 1986, the published Surgeon General’s Report contained research detailing that secondhand smoke could lead to lung cancer. What is secondhand smoke? When tobacco is smoked— whether in a cigarette, cigar, or pipe — the smoke that is produced can be described in two forms.

As they lit up their cigarettes, Keith decided that he would stop smoking before he became too old. He didn’t want to end up like his grandfather. K What Keith may not know is that warning labels on cigarette packs have only been around since 1966. The same information about the harmful effects of smoking that is readily available to Keith may not have been available to people in his grandfather’s generation. Keith may also not realize how addictive nicotine can be — it may be much more difficult than he thinks to stop smoking.

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