Nicotine (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

Nicotine (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

Heather Lehr Wagner

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0791072649

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Drugs are everywhere--on our streets, in our homes, and in our schools--but straight facts about drugs are not. Drugs: The Straight Facts fills this void with candid discussions that emphasize a historical and scientific approach to learning about drugs, their use, and their effect on the user's health. A historical perspective on tobacco, this book discusses some of the legal debates surrounding smoking. Trace the path nicotine travels through the body, analyze the health hazards smoking creates, and learn about nicotine's addictive qualities.

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38 NICOTINE larger warning labels with rotating messages on cigarettes and in advertising and to raise the federal excise tax on cigarettes (the tax had remained at 8 cents per pack for nearly 30 years). The increased federal tax went into effect in 1983, but tobacco manufacturers were prepared. Loudly denouncing the planned tax increase as discriminating against the poor, the manufacturers quietly began to increase prices in August 1982, raising prices four times over a six-month period. When

He was only 18 years old. He couldn’t be addicted to cigarettes — could he? What Tim may not know about smoking is that dealing with a disappointed girlfriend and disapproving coach are just the beginning of his problems. His poor performance on the track is a symptom of some of the health effects of smoking — a reduced oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, and an increased resting heart rate and basil metabolic rate. The fact that Tim is having trouble quitting shows just how addictive

Kingdom is one of the few countries whose price per pack of cigarettes is higher than that of the United States. Compare these 2001 prices (in American dollars) for a pack of cigarettes around the world: • $0.85 in Brazil • $0.98 in Russia • $1.24 in India • $1.30 in Saudi Arabia • $1.55 in Kenya • $1.90 in Ecuador • $2.34 in Japan • $2.81 in Germany • $3.40 in Canada • $3.71 in the United States • $6.24 in the United Kingdom 68 NICOTINE THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT NICOTINE Tobacco use

big part of the decision to start smoking has to do with how the smoker looks: cool, rebellious, tough. Some very famous people have been smokers, many of whom have died due to smoking-related illnesses. See if you recognize any of the famous smokers below, or the diseases that killed them: CLAIM SMOKING-RELATED SMOKER TO FAME ILLNESS Louis Armstrong Jazz musician Heart attack Lucille Ball Actress, I Love Lucy Aortic aneurysm Humphrey Bogart Actor, Casablanca Cancer of esophagus

marketing, designed to The History of Tobacco 25 link his cigarettes to England’s finest universities and target an exclusive, upper-class clientele. The ploy was extraordinarily successful. Suddenly cigarette smoking, which had previously been viewed as a dirty habit for the lower-class masses, was targeting the elite university students — the very group that would go on to assume positions of power in England’s political and economic circles. A DUKE’S TOBACCO While Philip Morris was

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