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What is Nicotine?                                          Help and Info

    Nicotine  is a chemical naturally produced  by          If you’d like to speak to someone, local treatment
    several types of plants  and vegetables. It is  most    services will be able to provide support for you and
    commonly associated with the tobacco plant,             your family, and can answer questions you may
    Nicotiana Tabacum, a member of the Nightshade                          have about nicotine.
    family of plants.
                                                              •  QUIT offers a range of confidential services to
    Nicotine  is one of many thousands of chemicals             help smokers quit smoking.
    found in the Tobacco plant. It is the main addictive          or         13 78 48
    chemical in cigarette products.                           •  Parents, Elders and trusted friends
                                                              •  GPs and Pharmacists
                                                              •  Local Alcohol and Other Drug Services
                                                                or  look under A in the phone book                                              Nicotine
                                         Nicotine             •  Fire, Ambulance Police         000
                                       is a central           •  Lifeline Australia             13 11 14
                                    nervous system            •  Kid’s Helpline                 1800 55 1800
                                     stimulant - it           •  Poisons Information Centre     13 11 26
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                                                              •  Medicines Line                 1300 MEDICINE
    We don’t know if Nicotine itself is a carcinogen – if     •  Get the effects by txt!        0439 TELL ME
    it causes cancer by itself– but it does seem to have        Simply text the name of the drug you want to know about
    a role in the disease, and appears to enhance the             Check out more brochures in this series.             Nicotine is  one of many thousands of
    growth of cancer .                                                                                                 chemicals found in the Tobacco plant. It is
                                                                                                                       the main addictive chemical in cigarette
    How is it used?                                                                                                    products.

    Nicotine is used in many ways. It is found in tobacco,                                                             Repeated use can cause dependency
    which may be rolled into a cigarette, pipe or cigar                                                                and impact on  many aspects of  a
    and smoked, or bought as loose leaves or pellets and        These plus more are available at          smoker’s health.
    chewed or held in the mouth to release nicotine.

    More recently, nicotine is added to a fluid  (made         000  In an emergency call 000
    of  vegetable  glycerin  and propylene  glycol) and
    heated into a vapour to inhale, using an ‘electronic
    cigarette’ (e-cig) or ‘vape’.

    Nicotine is also used for quit smoking devices, known
    as Nicotine Replacement Therapy, in adhesive skin
    patches, lozenges and chewing gums.
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