30 fascinating cigarette smoking facts — listverse

26. Most smokers take up the habit in their mid teens, well before the legal age for purchasing them, and is seen as a right of passage towards adulthood. Other perceived rights of passage include aftershave, wearing stilettos, alcohol, drugs and sexual intercourse with a combination of these sometimes being cited as the main causes of teenage pregnancy.

27. Smoking tobacco is the ultimate gateway drug in that it is legally available, and involves mastering a unique method of intake much more so than alcohol (which has such a significant effect that users need look no further for stimulation). Smokers looking to get ‘high’ will very rarely do so from cigarettes after the initial stages of taking up the habit.

28. Smokers generally report a variety of after effects such as calmness, relaxation, alertness, stimulation, concentration and many others. In fact, smoking will produce a different effect in each individual depending on ‘what they expect to get’ turning the cigarette into the worlds most popular placebo (satisfying the brains hunger for nicotine being the only ‘relaxing’ factor). The smoker will then use these expectations as a means to continue the habit.

29. Several active ingredients and special methods of production are involved in making sure the nicotine in a cigarette is many times more potent than that of a tobacco plant.

30. ‘Toppings’ are added to the blended tobacco mix to add flavor and a taste unique to the manufacturer. Some of these toppings have included clove, licorice, orange oil, apricot stone, lime oil, lavender oil, dill seed oil, cocoa, carrot oil, mace oil, myrrh, beet juice, bay leaf, oak, rum, vanilla, and vinegar.

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E-cigarettes — non-smokers’ rights association

Key Issues
E cigarettes

An electronic cigarette, or e cigarette, is a cylindrical device made of stainless steel or plastic that mimics a cigarette in terms of its appearance and use and sometimes taste, but with a critical distinction it does not contain tobacco.

The e cigarette controversy comes down to two opposing views. Proponents believe that the e cigarette represents a clean drug delivery device that can satisfy smokers addiction to both nicotine and smoking behaviours (the physical sensations of handling the cigarette and inhaling smoke) and thus greatly reduce their risk of disease and death. Proponents also emphasize that even though e cigarettes may not have undergone rigorous scientific testing, they cannot be as harmful as cigarettes, since with cigarettes, it is the mode of nicotine delivery the tobacco smoke that is responsible for most of the disease not the tobacco itself or the nicotine in it.

Those opposed believe that e cigarettes should be treated like other therapeutic products containing nicotine that is, their sale should not be permitted until they have undergone clinical trials to prove their safety and their efficacy in helping smokers quit. Opponents fear that the widespread promotion and use of e cigarettes will result in dual use (of electronic and real cigarettes) rather than increased quitting and will undermine efforts to denormalize
smoking. Opponents are also concerned that as novelty gadgets with perceived low risk, e cigarettes may be attractive to youth and may lead to nicotine addiction and subsequent tobacco use.

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