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Health Information For Parents
Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant found in tobacco that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream when smoked.
Nicotine is typically smoked in cigarettes or cigars. Some people put a pinch of tobacco (called chewing or smokeless tobacco) into their mouths and absorb nicotine through the lining of their mouths. Some people inhale nicotine through the nose.
What It Does:
Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, which makes it extremely difficult to quit. Those who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time breaking the habit.
Physical effects of nicotine use include rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, and a greater likelihood of colds and flu.
Users have an increased risk for lung diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. They may have bad breath and yellowed teeth, and are more likely to get cancers of the mouth and neck.
Withdrawal symptoms of nicotine include anxiety, anger, restlessness, and insomnia.
E-cigarettes aren’t a safe alternative to smoking, they’re just another way of putting nicotine into your body. Get the facts on e-cigs and vaping.
E-cigarettes are marketed as a safe alternative to smoking, but they’re not. They still deliver nicotine into the body and damage the lungs. Here are the facts on vaping.
Chewing or dipping: These terms are familiar to the millions of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you’re ready to quit or you want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.
This chemical is found in cigarettes and is the reason why kids (and others) get hooked on the smoking habit.
Breathing in someone else’s secondhand smoke is hazardous to our health. Find out what you can do about it.
Find out why smoking is a bad idea – especially for people with asthma.
Find out what the experts say.
You love your mom and dad, but what if they smoke? Find out how you can help them be healthier.
The health risks of smoking are well known, many young people still do it. Here’s how to help your kids avoid smoking, vaping, or using chewing tobacco – or quit, if they’ve already started.
Being a smoker is an obvious risk for kids and teens with asthma, but just being around people who smoke – and breathing in secondhand smoke – can cause problems, too.
Everyone says smoking is bad for you. Why? Find out in this article for kids.
Smoking – or even breathing in secondhand smoke – can make asthma worse. Find out more in this article for kids.
Smoking is on the decline, but some people are still lighting up. Why? The answer is addiction. Find out more in this article for teens.
Experts now know that breathing in someone else’s secondhand smoke is bad for you. Find out what you can do about it.
Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States is related to tobacco. Are you ready to kick the habit?
Did you ever feel like another kid was trying to get you to do something you didn’t want to do? If so, you’ve felt peer pressure. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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