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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
 speeds messages
 up to and from the   •  Family drug support a 24/7 service                   Nicotine...
    brain .                or   1300 368 186
      •                                          is it just smoke?
      • - youth website
      •  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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