Articles in Category: Nicotine

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a naturally occurring substance found in tobacco leaves. It is a legal narcotic and highly addictive if chronically used. In fact, research shows that fewer than 1 in 10 people who set out to stop smoking are actually successful. Although it may be sniffed or chewed, smoking [.i.e. cigarette, pipe or cigar] is the most common method of using nicotine.

Common street names for cigarettes are butts, cigs, and smokes; in the smokeless form they are often referred to as spit tobacco, chew, dip and snuff. Within minutes of the first puff nicotine reaches the brain and is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

The result is a temporary altered state with the user feeling relaxed, calm and alert. Keep in mind that nicotine is often considered to be the number one cause of preventable deaths. Contrary to popular belief, it is not nicotine that causes ailments that to result in death. In fact, additives such as tar pose the risk. Chronic exposure to tar via smoking not only results in lung cancer but also emphysema and bronchitis, all of which lead to decreased quality of life, perhaps even death.

Research shows that more than 66 million in the U.S. chronically use nicotine. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse more than 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by cigarettes and at least 38,000 deaths per year are the result of second hand smoke from cigarettes. Cigarettes are sometimes referred to as smokes, butts, cigs, or bidis (a thin, often flavored, type of cigarette). Smokeless tobacco may be called chew, dip, spit tobacco, or snuff.