Tobacco

Tobacco

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    Products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and wet and dry snuff contain dried leaves from the tobacco plant. The main chemical in tobacco is nicotine, which is a stimulant drug that speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and body. Tar and carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) are also released when tobacco is burned, such as when it’s smoked. Electronic cigarettes (also known as E cigarettes) don’t contain dried tobacco leaves, but they may still contain nicotine.

  • Common Names

    Ciggies

    Darts

    Rollies

    Smokes

    Fags

    Butts

    Cancer Sticks

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    How is it used?

     

    Tobacco is usually smoked in cigarettes. It is also smoked in cigars and pipes.

Side Effects of Tobacco

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Tobacco affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the tobacco and how much is contained in the product

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Tobacco affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the tobacco and how much is contained in the product

  • The following effects may be experienced:

    Feeling more alert, happy and relaxed

    Coughing

    Dizziness, headaches

    Fast heart beat

    Bad breath

    Tingling and numbness in fingers and toes

    Reduced appetite, stomach cramps and vomiting

    If a large amount of tobacco is taken the following effects may also be experienced:

    Confusion

    Feeling faint

    Seizures

    Fast breathing

    Respiratory arrest (stop breathing) and death

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    The following effects may be experienced:

    Feeling more alert, happy and relaxed

    Coughing

    Dizziness, headaches

    Fast heart beat

    Bad breath

    Tingling and numbness in fingers and toes

    Reduced appetite, stomach cramps and vomiting

    If a large amount of tobacco is taken the following effects may also be experienced:

    Confusion

    Feeling faint

    Seizures

    Fast breathing

    Respiratory arrest (stop breathing) and death

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of tobacco may eventually cause:

    Shortness of breath

    Coughing fits, asthma and lung diseases

    Regular colds or flu

    Loss of taste and smell

    Yellow, rotting teeth

    Yellow finger tips

    Early wrinkles

    Back pain

    Slower-healing wounds

    Mood swings

    Eye disease and hearing loss

    Stomach ulcers

    Difficulty having children (males and females)

    Irregular periods and early menopause (females)

    Difficulty getting an erection (males)

    Cancer (in many areas of the body)

    Stroke and brain damage

    Heart attack and disease

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on tobacco

    Financial, work and social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of tobacco may eventually cause:

    Shortness of breath

    Coughing fits, asthma and lung diseases

    Regular colds or flu

    Loss of taste and smell

    Yellow, rotting teeth

    Yellow finger tips

    Early wrinkles

    Back pain

    Slower-healing wounds

    Mood swings

    Eye disease and hearing loss

    Stomach ulcers

    Difficulty having children (males and females)

    Irregular periods and early menopause (females)

    Difficulty getting an erection (males)

    Cancer (in many areas of the body)

    Stroke and brain damage

    Heart attack and disease

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on tobacco

    Financial, work and social problems

Smoking

Mixing Tobacco with other drugs

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    Tobacco + Benzodiazepines

     

    Reduced effectiveness of benzodiazepines.

  • Tobacco + Contraceptive Pill

     

    Increased risk of blood clots forming.

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The effects of using Tobacco with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.