Project 6

Cigarettes/Tobacco

Cigarettes/Tobacco

Smoking makes you feel slightly energised and a bit calmer than you were before.

When you take a drag (inhale) on a fag the nicotine kicks in about eight seconds later.

What is it?

Tobacco is the dried, shredded and processed leaves from the tobacco plant. It comes in ready made cigarettes, rolling tobacco and cigars.

It is usually smoked. Some people chew tobacco leaves.

The main addictive ingredient in tobacco is nicotine. Tobacco smoke contains 1000's of chemicals and some are very poisonous.

How does it make you feel?

Smoking makes you feel slightly energised and a bit calmer than you were before.

When you take a drag (inhale) on a fag the nicotine kicks in about eight seconds later.

What are the health effects?

The nicotine found in all tobacco contributes to it being one of the most addictive drugs around.

If you have found you can't manage without a fag and want to give up, you can get help through your GP.

Set a date for stopping and stop with a friend if you can. You should quit totally on your set day. Giving up smoking may make you feel tired, irritable, a bit depressed and as though there is a big hole in your life. These feelings do pass in time. The doctor can prescribe nicotine patches to help you through the worst.

If you don't succeed the first time, keep trying. Most people have more than one attempt at giving up before they manage it. People do give up. In the UK 20% of women and 28% of men are ex-smokers.

Long term smoking can lead to lung and heart disease as well as cancer. About half of all regular smokers will be killed by their habit.

The law

Tobacco is legal. Smoking has been banned in public places in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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