The Dangers of Smoking

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Of these, almost half will become regular smokers” (Wagner, 60). Many teens do not fear the consequences of using tobacco. They view their use of tobacco as temporary and easily resolvable. Unfortunately, the nicotine in tobacco products is highly addictive, which makes quitting challenging. When and if they finally quit, the consequences to their health have already taken its toll.
Tobacco is a dangerous and addictive substance that has no legitimate medical use. Tobacco should be illegal and should have been covered under The Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Nicotine is the primary component in tobacco, and the major chemical that affects the brain. Heather Lehr Wagner states in her book Nicotine: “Nicotine is a stimulant, and just like cocaine, amphetamines, or methamphetamine, nicotine works by speeding up the processing rate of the central nervous system” (9-10). Nicotine is what makes a smoker addicted to tobacco. It increases the release of dopamine, a natural compound in the brain that according to Psychology Today, “regulates movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.” Cocaine, like nicotine, increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. Cocaine became illegal in 1970 as part of The Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule II drug because it was less addictive, less…

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