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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
  • wrinkles
  • reduced sense of taste and smell

Worst of all – smoking kills you. Smoking has been linked with:

  • heart attacks
  • strokes
  • emphysema
  • cancer
  • many more illnesses and conditions.

For more information, check out our topic Cigarettes and smoking.