What's wrong with smoking?
17 Mar 2014
There are many rather nasty and scary things about cigarettes and smoking that you need to be aware of.
Cigarettes and tobacco contain a powerful drug - nicotine. This drug enters the body very quickly – just a matter of seconds when smoked. Nicotine affects the heart and changes your blood pressure. It is actually deadly in high doses, and has been used as a pesticide in the past!
Nicotine is said by some people to be more addictive than heroin or cocaine – so it can be very hard to stop using tobacco and cigarettes once you've started.
What else does smoking do? It gives you:
- smelly breath
- reduced sense of taste and smell
Worst of all – smoking kills you. Smoking has been linked with:
- heart attacks
- many more illnesses and conditions.
For more information, check out our topic Cigarettes and smoking.