Tobacco: Wild Card

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How People Use Tobacco:

There are many different ways in which people use tobacco. If can be used as medicine or pesticide however the most well knows use for tobacco is as a drug. Some common way for tobacco to be used in this way are by smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, dipping/chewing tobacco (which is not smoked), and flavored shisha, which are smoked out of a hookah.[1] By far the most common use of tobacco is in cigarettes. A cigarette is made of fine cut tobacco which is rolled into a thin cylinder shape and then smoked. A cigar is very similar, however it is larger then a cigarette, the paper used to roll it is different and the tobacco that is made up of is also different. Next, we have pipe tobacco, which is tobacco cut specifically for this reason. Its cut is less fine than other tobacco products so that when it is packed into a pipe it allows air to flow and the tobacco to smolder. It also can some in a variety of flavors so the smoker has a choice of blending tobacco together. Dipping tobacco is moist smokeless tobacco that is placed in between the users lip and gums. Chewing tobacco is similar, however in order to get the tobacco and the nicotine the user must manually crush the tobacco with their teeth. Shisha is a syrupy tobacco mix with molasses and vegetable glycerol.[2] This type of tobacco is smoked in a hookah.[3]

How Tobacco Effects People:

People who use tobacco products receive a sense of light-headedness. This sensation does not last long and leaves the user wanting more. As time goes on, these sensations become difficult to deny. This is because one of the main ingredients in tobacco is nicotine. Nicotine is a very additive substance and when it “is absorbed in the body it can cause a number of effects, including stimulating the nervous system, increasing heart rate, raising blood pressure and constricting small blood vessels. It is also highly toxic and was once used in pesticides.”[4] Because nicotine is so addictive it is very difficult to stop and when someone who was a regular smoker tries to stop smoking there are a number of withdrawal symptoms that this person might be experiencing. These symptoms "include: depression, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, weight gain and craving for nicotine."[5] If the user continues to use tobacco, there are a number of other health concerns that become prevalent. Some of these complications are, but not limited to: “blindness, infertility, stroke, cardiovascular disease and other diseases of the arteries, gangrene, often resulting in the loss of limbs, various cancers, especially lung cancer, less oxygen to the brain and heart, shortness of breath, increased blood pressure, gum disease, and smelly breath and stained teeth.”[6]



Cigarettes are by far the most popular use of tobacco worldwide. Some common cigarette brands are: Camel, Parliaments, Marlboro and Lucky Strike to just name a few. To smoke a cigarette, all someone needs to do is light a cigarette, put the unlit end in their mouth and inhale. The smoker receives an almost instant buzz and feels light headed and relaxed. The high only lasts while smoker is smoking and fades fast after he or she stop. Like every tobacco product, cigarettes can cause a multitude of health problems.

What is in a cigarette?

How cigarettes affect people:

One of the most seriousproblems with smoking is that it can lead to lung cancer.[7] "At present, tobacco smoking is causing over 3 million deaths a year worldwide" and poses serious health problems to millions more[8] . Having an addiction to cigarettes can be one of the hardest addictions to break. The smoker not only becomes addicted to the nicotine that is in the cigarettes but her or she also starts to develop habits that can make breaking this addition even that more difficult. Because of this there has been a tremendous push to help people to stop smoking. Very rarely do we see a commercial or advertisements telling people to buy cigarettes, however we do see plenty of adds telling us to quite or stop smoking.

Chewing / Dipping Tobacco: Skoal, Copenhagen, Grizzly & Red Man

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Skoal - one of the most popular forms of dipping tobacco. It is also know as: dip, chew and snuff.

Unlike cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and shisha, dip and chew tobacco is not inhaled, it is instead. or swallowed. The user opens their tin and takes a pinch or however much is desired and places the tobacco under their bottom lip. They then proceed to spit the juices into a bottle, cup or anything they can get their hands on. The swallowing of the juices can lead to vomiting and be will be very unpleasant. The user receives a buzz from the tobacco and might feel more relaxed. This product is very popular among baseball players. These players use Red Man which is a form of chew. They place the chew in their bubble cum, chew on it and spit our the excuses saliva. Some of these players who have been known to do this are: Mike Napoli, Manny Ramirez, Billy Beane, Chase Utley and Nick Swisher just to name a few.[9] If the person uses for along time they can become addicted because all nicotine products are addictive and they run the risk of getting mouth and or throat cancer, loosing their teeth and other forms of health related problem.[10]

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