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Get the low down on lighting up...
Tobacco is the dried, shredded and processed leaves from the tobacco plant. It comes in ready made cigarettes, rolling tobacco and cigars. It is usually smoked. Some people chew tobacco leaves.
The main addictive ingredient in tobacco is nicotine. Tobacco smoke contains 1000s of chemicals and some are very poisonous. When you take a drag (inhale) on a fag, the nicotine kicks in about eight seconds later, leaving the smoker feeling slightly energised and also calmer than before.
The nicotine found in all tobacco contributes to it being one of the most addictive drugs around. Some research claims it is more addictive than heroin.
If you find you can't manage without a fag but want to give up, you can get help through your GP.
Set a date for stopping and stop with a friend if you can. You should quit totally on your set day. Giving up smoking may make you feel tired, irritable and a bit depressed - these feelings will pass.
If you don't succeed the first time, keep trying. Most people have more than one attempt at giving up before they manage it so try again. When you don't have a cigarette...
Tobacco is legal. Smoking has been banned in public places in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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