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In the Game of Life, Nicotine is a Big "Scratch"

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Sara Bellum

Have you been at a restaurant or party where people are smoking, and acting like their clouds of smoke are no big deal? Do you put up with breathing secondhand smoke to hang out with your friends? In this video, Dr. Gaya Dowling and Dr. Redonna Chandler sink a few balls while sharing some real facts about smoking.

Fact: Nicotine is addictive.

Fact: Most smokers start smoking before the age of 18.

Fact: It only takes eight seconds for the nicotine in cigarette smoke to be inhaled, enter your brain, and start affecting your brain cells—whether or not you're the one who lit up in the first place!

That's less time than it takes most people to cue up and make a shot. Watch the video and see what you think.

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that's entirely true. I think they should stop making cigarettes. People die from them everyday, but there are no recorded deaths from using cannabis.

What tamplate do you use in your blog? Very interesting articles

I'm with Barbie. When thousands of people die EVERYDAY from a legal drug like cigarettes, and not a single person has ever directly died from marijuana use, I think we have to rethink which one should be legal. To get an idea of the differences between the two: GOOGLE- polonium 210 cigarette and then GOOGLE- tumor research marijuana . These two drugs are about as different as can possibly be.

dis is so cool i never thought tht i would have so much fun wit dis lol lol :)

You have a lot of interesting articles here, but you must improve your blog design

I dont understand that much but its good b/c I tryed it and got caught its ture.

Its ture so I say no startying right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im with barbie to bc smoking kill lots and little kids die from smoking everyday.its sad how adults smoke around there children and make them have second hand smoke.they should stop making and selling cigerettes in the united states because of what happens every day

there r really intresting stuff here i think brain probably got bigger;)

there r really intresting stuff here i think my brain probably got bigger;)

smoking is junk
Is nicotine really that bad for you?

@Nikole Davenport

Nicotine, like all stimluants, can increase heart rate and blood pressure which can be harmful for some people.  The real danger with nicotine is that it is very addictive.  Nicotine is only one of 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous, found in the smoke from tobacco products.  When you become addicted to nicotine, you risk exposing yourself repeatedly to other very toxic chemicals in tobacco.  Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 

Nicotine is really bad for u i advise people to sstop using is