can be dried and smoked in cigarettes and cigars. It can also be
chewed. It contains a drug called nicotine. Nicotine is absorbed by
the lungs, and then it travels through a personís blood.
Nicotine affects a
personís whole body. It makes a personís heart beat faster. It makes
their blood pressure go up. It changes the way a person breathes. It
can make it harder for a person to taste and smell things. It can
even wrinkle a personís skin.
Nicotine can make a
person feel pleasure, but only for a short time. People who smoke
usually smoke more and more cigarettes every day so they can feel
more pleasure. It is hard for them to stop smoking.
Nicotine is a drug
that is addictive. When people do stop smoking or using tobacco,
they go through uncomfortable things, but in the end they are better
off because they have quit using the drug.
nicotine is used for a long time, it can cause serious diseases like
heart disease, cancer, strokes, and emphysema. Emphysema is a
disease that makes people unable to breathe.
Tobacco causes more
diseases and deaths than any other drug.
People who chew or
dip tobacco can get diseases that smokers do not get. They can get
cancer in their mouths and throats. Their gums can get infected.
They can even lose their teeth.
A lot of people who
smoke or chew tobacco start while they are teenagers.
If you know someone
who you think is using tobacco, please tell a responsible adult.
Anyone who uses tobacco or any other drug needs your help!
If your parent
smokes, check out this link for ways you might be able to help:
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