What is Nicotine??

Nicotine is a drug that has many effects that our youth need to be educated on as more than cigarettes contain it, vapes & cigars do too! 

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What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a stimulant.  What is a stimulant? A stimulant is a drug that speeds up the messages traveling between the brain and body.


 How is nicotine used?

Tobacco that contains nicotine is usually smoked in cigarettes.  But is also smoked in cigars and pipes.  Let’s not forget it is also smoked in a vape.  There are also numerous smokeless forms of tobacco, wet and dry.  All these have nicotine in them.  Cigars also have nicotine and are making a comeback in popularity.  Many think that cigars you don’t inhale, but your body is still consuming nicotine- don’t be fooled.

What are the effects of nicotine?

Everyone is affected differently by nicotine.

Effects if you do not normally use tobacco products:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Possible Vomiting
  • Possible Weakness
  • Coughing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Bad breathe

If a large amount of nicotine is ingested some effects you experience may be:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling Faint
  • Seizures
  • Fast breathing
  • Respiratory arrest (stop breathing) and death

Some believe that smoking ‘light’ or ‘low tar’ cigarettes or vapes is less harmful than regular.  However, there is little difference between the normal and light.

The effects can also be based on:

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Health
  • If they have used it before
  • Whether other drugs are taken during the same time
  • Amount taken/used
  • Strength of tobacco
  • How much is contained in the product
What is a safe level of use of nicotine?

The use of any drug always carries some risk.  It is important to be careful when taking any type of drug.

Youth are influenced by adults and older children or older coworkers.  They don’t always understand the consequences of nicotine to their growth and future because nicotine is incredibly easy to get.  What deterrents or education can you give your youth that nicotine may be legal by the age of 18, however, it is still a drug.  There are still effects on the body and overall health.

On average youth are 16 years old when they have their first full cigarette.  But knowing that nicotine is not just in cigarettes doesn’t mean that the youth haven’t in some form have taken into their bodies some type of nicotine by the age of 12 on average.

We like to talk about not drinking underage, not doing drugs and other topics that protect our youth.  But what about the facts and education about nicotine?  Nicotine is still a drug and has many effects that our youth need to be educated on in the lessons of life we as adults are responsible to give our youth.

What is Nicotine

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