NICOTINE FACT SHEET

Nicotine is a substance found in tobacco. It is found in all tobacco products such as: cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and cigars.

When a person smokes a tobacco product, they inhale the smoke which contains nicotine as well as over 500 chemicals.

Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. When a user is addicted to nicotine, they feel as if they need nicotine in order to function normally.

The smoke from tobacco also contains tar which is damaging to the mouth, throat, and lungs.

Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after intake.

Nicotine is a stimulant to the brain and the central nervous system.

IMMEDIATE EFFECTS LONGTERM EFFECTS SMOKING AND PREGNANCY

Women who smoke have a greater risk of premature detachment of the placenta. Once detachment has occurred, perinatal death rates also increase. This risk increases by 20% with every 1/2 pack of cigarettes smoked.

Women who smoke also suffer from more reproductive tract infections, fertility and menstrual disorders, earlier menopause, and problems during pregnancy.

Female smoking-related death rates have been rising. It is estimated that by the year 2020, more than I million adult females will die from tobacco-related illness.

NICOTINE AND PREGNANCY Because nicotine is so addictive, there are withdrawal symptoms that may occur when a person is not using the drug

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS Although these symptoms may cause discomfort for a brief period of time, the benefits to a person who quits smoking greatly outweigh an addiction to nicotine.

These benefits include improved health and greater enjoyment of everyday activities.

EXTENT OF USE

Tobacco (nicotine) use is the number one health problem in the U.S.

The National Household Survey (1993) reports:
If you suspect a problem with nicotine, cigarettes and/or other drug use, please contact the National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline at (800) 662-HELP(4357). They can supply you with:
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