- Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco. When you smoke tobacco, nicotine goes into your bloodstream and reaches your brain within eight to 10 seconds.
- Nicotine can be a deadly poison that causes vomiting, shaking, convulsions and death. A few drops of nicotine can kill you.
- People picking tobacco quickly absorb nicotine through their skin. This makes them dizzy and feel like throwing up—an illness called green tobacco sickness.
- Tar is a sticky black glob made up of thousands of chemicals. Many of them cause cancer.
- Tar builds up in the lungs and makes breathing harder. It also plays a part in causing lung disease and cancer.
- Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that forms when anything – including tobacco – is burned.
- When you inhale carbon monoxide, it takes the place of oxygen in the blood.
Did you know?
Studies show that each cigarette shortens your life by about 10 minutes.
- Of every 1,000 Canadians aged 20 who continue to smoke, about half (500) will die from smoking – 250 of them before the age of 70.
- On average, people who die from smoking lose 15 years of their expected life!