What is it?

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that is commonly found in tobacco. Tobacco is a leaf grown predominately in the southern states, it is then dried and rolled into thin paper and then smoked through inhalation. It contains thousands of chemicals, 50 of which are known toxins and cancer causing agents. As a result, smoking causes an estimate of 440,000 deaths each year from mostly caner and heart disease.


Like most drugs, one long term effect of using cigarettes can be addiction. The way it is absorbed and metabolized plays a part in its addictive potential. Over the course of time the smoker's tolerance level rise, this means they must smoke more frequently in order to get the same effect. With every inhalation the drug release pleasure chemicals named dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain. For many people what "hooks" them is the feeling or the rush that they get from the drug. Some of the contributing factors of smoking addiction are how the drug is absorbed and metabolized, the environmental factors; associations like smoking while drinking coffee or after a meal, and psychological factors; genetic predisposition to addiction. Once addicted, trying to quit smoking is very difficult. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, problems with thinking, attention deficits, sleep disturbances, increased appetite, and cravings can all make the challenge of stopping even harder.

Signs Of Abuse

  • they cant stop smoking
  • have withdrawal symptoms at cessation of using, like shaky hands, sweating, irritability, or rapid heart rate
  • have to smoke after every meal or a long period of time
  • wont go places where smoking isnt allowed
  • has bad breath

what did you call it?






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long term and short term

The long-term effects of nicotine are increased risk of heart disease, decline in insulin levels, cancer and premature aging. Smoking increases the chance of diabetes by 40%, and leads to 80%-90% of all lung cancer. Also smoking can decrease the sperm quality in men and increase the difficulty in conceiving for women.

The short-term effects of nicotine is found to cause high blood pressure, increased pulse rate and cough. The abuse of the drug has effects on oral cavity which causes staining of teeth and bad breath.