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True or False? Common perceptions of tobacco and tobacco use are presented here.

  • Nicotine from an inhaled cigarette reaches the brain faster than from an intravenous injection.
    • True.
  • Research has found that nicotine is at least as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
    • True.
  • The majority of today's adult smokers began smoking after the age of 16.
    • False. The average age at which people start to smoke is 12.
  • Most smokers do not want to quit smoking.
    • False. Most smokers want to quit. It takes most smokers at least 7 tries to successfully quit. Nicotine is a very addictive drug.
  • An injection of one drop of nicotine will make an average sized woman or man sick within a few minutes.
    • False. One drop of nicotine will kill them within a few minutes.
  • The more education a person has, the less likely it is that she or he will smoke.
    • True. Stay in school!
  • Fires due to cigarettes are the second-leading cause of all fatal home fires.
    • False. Cigarettes are the first leading cause of all fatal house fires.
  • Nicotine gives a person wrinkles and cold hands.
    • True. Smoking speeds up the aging process, causes blood vessels to constrict, raises blood pressure and speeds the aging of the skin. Smoking also doubles men's chances of being impotent.
  • Approximately 25% of pregnant teens smoke.
    • False. More than 28% of pregnant teens smoke.
  • The tobacco industry spends about $1 million per day on advertising.
    • False. It's much more - the tobacco industry spends $12 million per day and over $5 billion a year to promote their drug.

Information provided by Ciggy Buttz.