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In India, when we watch movies on television or in the theatre, we see anti-tobacco advertisements published by the health ministry. Due to the impact of tobacco on humans health, our government has taken this step of advertising anti-tobacco awareness videos.
 
Nicotine is the chemical present in tobacco that makes quitting difficult. It has a pleasant effect on the brain. But this effect doesn’t last long. The absence of nicotine causes a significant behavioural change.
 
Tobacco is the root cause of various diseases such as heart disease, stroke, mouth cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and pulmonary diseases. In this section, we will look in-depth at tobacco abuse.
Tobacco is obtained from the tobacco plants Nicotiana tobaccum and Nicotiana rustica.
 
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Left to right: Nicotiana tobaccum and Nicotiana rustica
The dried and cured leaves of its young branches are used to make commercial tobacco, which is used worldwide.
Important!
People are addicted to tobacco due to the presence of alkaloid nicotine.
Nicotine is a stimulant that is highly dangerous and poisonous.
Tobacco use:
It is a substance that is used for smoking, chewing and snuffing.
 
Cigars, cigarettes, bidis, pipes, hukka are various modes of inhaling tobacco and is commonly known as smoking.
 
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Clockwise from left: Bidi, cigars, cigarettes, pipes
 
In powder, form tobacco is chewed with the pan. In the process of snuffing, powdered tobacco is taken through the nose.
 
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Snuffing
Reference:
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