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Nicotine is a drug that is contained in rolling tobacco, cigarettes, cigars and many fluids/juices used in vapes/e-cigarettes. Nicotine is a central nervous system stimulant which is widely used throughout the world, it is dependency forming and one of the hardest drugs to stop using.

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Nicotine is contained in a range of products. This includes rolling tobacco, cigarettes, cigars and many fluids/juices used in vapes/e-cigarettes.

When smoked or vaped, nicotine reaches the brain very quickly. It has the desired effect of decreasing anger and stress, improving mood and concentration and decreasing appetite. Nicotine is highly dependency forming and whether smoked or vaped, has a high likelihood of becoming a regular activity.

Nicotine is either smoked in cigarettes, cigars or shishas or vaped in an electronic-cigarette or vaping device

Nicotine has very few risks in its own right – most of the risks associated with nicotine are down to how it is taken, especially if smoked. The long-term effects of vaping are still being researched but it is thought that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.

• Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.

• 78,000 people die each year with many more living with serious smoking-related illnesses.

• Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions.

• Some may be fatal and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.

• Burning tobacco to release nicotine also releases a number of cancer forming chemicals.

• One in two smokers die from a tobacco related illness.

• Vaping and smoking nicotine can cause lifelong dependency.

• If you’re dependent on nicotine, it is far better if you are able to vape than smoke. Vaping is thought to be 95% less harmful than smoking.

• Your GP may be able to prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to help you stop smoking.

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