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What is Tobacco?
Tobacco is found in cigarettes which you smoke. It comes from the leaves of the tobacco plant and contains many different chemicals.
One of the chemicals is nicotine, which gives smokers their ‘hit’ but is also highly addictive. This means it can be hard to quit smoking even if you want to.
Regular smokers believe that smoking tobacco helps them to relax, to handle stress and to feel less hungry.
But smoking can make your clothes and breath smell and can affect your skin and hair.
It can also cause serious damage to your health – it’s a risk factor for emphysema, heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. It’s estimated that smoking tobacco contributes to 100,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.
The green leaves of the tobacco plant are picked, dried and then rubbed to produce a brown, flaky mixture.
It can then be bought loose as rolling tobacco which you use to create hand-rolled cigarettes or in ready-made cigarettes.
It doesn’t matter how you smoke tobacco, all forms have risks.
There are many different brands of cigarettes and most come in packs of ten, 14 or 20.
The financial cost of being a smoker depends on the scale of their habit, but as a rough guide, smoking 20 a day for one year will cost over £2,700.