By: Alyssa Lintott
It has been suggested that nicotine be used to battle such
brain disease like Alzheimer's , Parkinson's and Touretts.
Nicotine may be prescribed by doctors to fight Alzheimer's in
the near future.
People who have touretts nicotine helps control muscle
spasms and sudden outburst.
People with Parkinson’s were given the nicotine patch and it
showed increased in learning and memory.
History of Nicotine
The tobacco plant is in the same family as the potato and pepper.
In 1429 Christopher Columbus received dried tobacco leaves from the American
Indians and brought it back to England.
When tobacco was introduce to Europe they believed it to have healing powers that
could cure anything from sexually transmitted disease to flatulence.
During the 1600’s people used tobacco as money.
Affects on the Body
When nicotine enters the body it releases
dopamine, a feel good hormone produced
by the brain.
A high dose of nicotine can kill you, a very
high dose though.
In smokers nicotine
increases heart rate as well as blood
constricts blood flow to hands and
brain waves alter and muscles relax.
New smokers who aren’t used to nicotine
may experience coughing, dizziness
,nausea and many other symptoms.
Nicotine is very addictive 80% of smokers
have a high dependency and need a
cigarette every one or two hours.
Dangers of Nicotine Abuse
The most common way people abuse nicotine is smoking or using chew. Everyone knows
the harmful effects of smoking and these are just a few:
Increased risk of heart disease
Mouth diseases like bad breath, yellowing of the teeth and cavities
These are just a few of the dangers of nicotine to ones self, second hand smoke effects
people everyday. By inhaling the second hand smoke people are still able to get some
of the disease listed, new laws have been placed in affect many of which you know no
smoking in public buildings and buffer zones. A new law that is starting to become
more known is no smoking in a car while children are in it.
Nicotine Abuse Common?
Nicotine abuse is very common
Smoking- related disease cause on average 4 million deaths.
About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily
Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths
Evidence shows that around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on
to smoke for 15 to 20 years.
Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco. Every cigarette smoked cuts at least
five minutes of life on average - about the time taken to smoke it.
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. It is a
prime factor in heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. It can cause cancer of
the lungs, larynx, oesophagus, mouth, and bladder, and contributes to cancer of the
cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.
Reduce the Abuse
To help people stop smoking and end their addiction to nicotine there are many online
websites that give information and tips on how to stop smoking as well as inform the
person about the affects smoking has on them.
There are also many telephone numbers and adds on TV that people can call to
receive help and motivation to quit smoking.
They have raised the price of cigarettes and many people have quit smoking because
Making smoking illegal would reduce the abuse a bit but the majority of smokers would
Cigarettes are not shown in stores, they are kept concealed which helps limit the
advertising for them.
It’s illegal to advertise smoking in movies, on tv and in magazines again limiting the
public to seeing smoking
Cigarette packages now have pictures and give information to visually impact the
buyer, maybe helping them quit.