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NICOTINE


TOBACCO, CHEW, SNUFF, VAPES
NICOTIANA TABACUM

All information sourced from DanceSafe.org

  1. WHAT IS NICOTINE?
  2. HOW IS NICOTINE USED?
  3. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF NICOTINE?
  4. WHAT IS THE DOSAGE OF NICOTINE?
  5. HARM REDUCTION TIPS FOR NICOTINE.
  6. IS NICOTINE ADDICTIVE?
  7. TIPS TO HELP QUIT NICOTINE.



WHAT IS
NICOTINE?





  • Tobacco comes from one of seventy different commercially grown plants of the nightshade family and contains the stimulant drug, nicotine.

  • Tobacco is indigenous to the New World, and was not introduced to Europe until the 1500s, although its use among Pre-Columbian cultures dates back thousands of years.











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HOW IS
NICOTINE USED? 





  • Tobacco leaf is usually smoked in cigarettes, cigars and pipes, but is also found in a powdered form called snuff (to be sniffed up the nose) and as dip and chewing tobacco.

  • A type of โ€˜wetโ€™ tobacco leaf is smoked in water pipes called โ€˜shishaโ€™ or โ€˜hookahโ€™.

  •  Pure nicotine โ€˜vaporโ€™ is also available, and is consumed using specially manufactured vaping devices.








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WHAT ARE THE
EFFECTS OF NICOTINE?





  • Nicotine increases pulse rate and blood pressure.

  • The effects can usually be felt immediately, and can last up to 30 minutes from one cigarette.

  • Regular users often report that smoking reduces their anxiety and helps them relax.

  • Some smokers say nicotine reduces their appetite, so they eat less.









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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF NICOTINE?





EVERY INDIVIDUAL REACTS DIFFERENTLY TO EVERY CHEMICAL, this information is intended
to describe the range of dosages others report using and it should not be construed as a recommendation of any sort. Individuals can respond very differently to the same dosage.

WHAT IS SAFE FOR ONE CAN BE DEADLY FOR ANOTHER.










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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF NICOTINE?





  • A โ€˜doseโ€™ of nicotine can vary significantly depending on method of ingestion and tolerance.

  • First time users often feel dizzy or nauseous, even after just a few puffs or โ€œdrags" from a cigarette.

  • The average nicotine dose in a single cigarette varies from .13mg to 2.0mg.*











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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NICOTINE





  • Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known and is highly toxic.

  • Regular smokers have a much greater risk of developing lung cancer and other forms of cancer, as well as heart disease, circulatory problems and bronchitis.

  • Smoking during pregnancy can harm an unborn child, resulting in low birth weight and other complications.

  • Second-hand smoke can also be hazardous to one's health, especially to children and people with asthma or other chest problems.




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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NICOTINE





  • Coughing, as well as other chest and breathing problems afflict some smokers.

  • Bad breath and discolored teeth are common among people who smoke regularly.

  • Using โ€˜snuffโ€™ and โ€˜chewโ€™ can also result in cancers of the mouth, nose and throat.

  • Although the available evidence does indicate that vaporizing nicotine is less risky than other methods of ingesting of nicotine, it does still introduce carcinogenic chemicals to your body.






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IS NICOTINE
ADDICTIVE?





  • Nicotine is highly addictive. Regular use can result in physical dependency with long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.

  • Depression, irritability, restlessness and anxiety are some of the symptoms experienced by smokers who haven't had a cigarette in a while.

  • These symptoms produce a strong craving for another cigarette.









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TIPS TO HELP
QUIT NICOTINE





  •  Stay away from places where lots of people smoke.

  • Tell all your friends and family that you are trying to quit, and get their support.

  • Try acupuncture, nicotine chewing gum, patches, or other popular remedies.












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