What Everyone Should Know About Nicotine?
There are approximately 4000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke, and of all those, nicotine is by far the most harmful. Nicotine weakens the eyesight, influences the nervous system, is harmful for the heart and blood circulation, and affects the liver, stomach.
Many smokers do not realise that nicotine is one of the most dangerous nerve gases. Its effects are as poisonous as the effects of cyanide. In farming, nicotine in Hawaii is used as an insecticide. Nicotine is carried in the blood and its effects can be seen rapidly after smoking just one cigarette.
The temperature of the skin lowers by 5%C and the heart beats faster. The symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning are; headaches, vertigo, shaky hands, coughing up mucus, and general weakness.
Chronic nicotine poisoning in heavy smokers causes poor appetite, digestive problems, stomach ulcers, menstrual problems, spontaneous abortion, impotence, damaged heart and veins and poor eyesight. Chronic smokers often cannot distinguish colours and have a form of night blindness.
Nicotine is highly addictive. In fact, it is just as addictive as Heroin or Cocaine. The smoker's body becomes physically and psychologically dependent on its intake of this chemical.
Nicotine is carried into the lungs where it is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, affecting many parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, blood vessels, the hormonal system, and metabolism. It is found in breast milk and can cross the placenta to the amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord, thus getting into the blood of newborn babies.