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Tobacco

Initially grown in South America, this leafy plant is now grown worldwide. One of its components is nicotine. Nicotine has psychoactive properties: it acts on the central nervous system.

Tobacco is most often smoked (cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah) but can also be chewed or sniffed.

Effects

The effects are also instant: “wake up rush” (simple mental tasks can be performed faster), anxiolytic (mood lightens up a little) and appetite suppressant. The effects are discrete and don’t disrupt the user’s activity.

Harm

With combustion, tobacco and paper produce tar containing many carcinogenic substances. They are inhaled as microscopic droplets (smoke) and seep into the lungs. Smoke itself slows down the natural purification phenomenon of the lungs, increasing the risk of chronic bronchitis. Those tars have a slow impact, but they can cause cancers, sometimes years after withdrawal. What’s more, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced during combustion. It is persistently fixed in place of oxygen in red blood cells and reduces the oxygenation capabilities of the smoker. You can exercise less, your physical abilities are limited. Finally, tobacco use leads to cardiovascular diseases, risk is amplified for women taking the pill. It can cause impotence to men.

Nicotine is involved in tobacco dependence, which is very powerful. A few minutes after his last cigarette, an addicted smoker feels a craving: he’s tense, nervous, irritable and lacks concentration. It can be difficult to repress his will to smoke another cigarette.

BEWARE

Unlike other drugs, your tobacco consumption exposes your relatives to the same risks as you (passive smoking). This is especially true for children and pregnant women (risks for them and for their baby).

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IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
• In any case call or have somebody call 112 or 15 (in France)
• if the person is conscious :
- keep him/her awake by talking to her.
• if the person is uncounscious : undo his/her tight clothes, check if he/she’s breathing and put him/her in recovery position
• stay with him/her until emergency services arrive and inquire about the location of a defibrillator