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Tobacco Category: Stimulants

Also called: smokes, fags, cigarettes.

You Can QuitHow it’s used

Nicotine is a stimulant drug (‘upper’). You can smoke tobacco in a cigarette or pipe, chew or sniff it (snuff). It comes from the leaves of the tobacco plant. They contain nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Smoking during pregnancy increases your risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight baby and cot death.


Highly addictive both physically and psychologically, so your body craves it and you feel you can’t cope without it.


In the first few weeks after you stop you may get cravings and a bad cough. You may be irritable and find it hard to concentrate.

What help is available?

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