What are nicotine withdrawals, and how to cope?

When nicotine starts to leave the body after smoking tobacco, people experience physical and psychological withdrawal effects. Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars. It is a drug that can affect a person's brain function. Once the body adapts to regular nicotine intake, people find giving up smoking difficult because of the uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak after 1–3 days and then decrease over a period of 3–4 weeks. After this time, the body has expelled most of the nicotine, and the withdrawal effects are mainly psychological. Understanding nicotine withdrawal symptoms can help people to ma

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults? The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1 E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine. Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. What Are E-cigarettes? E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place

Government is worried about alarmingly high levels of air pollution in these South African towns

The Department of Environmental Affairs has published a new paper aimed at addressing high levels of air pollution. Air pollution monitoring data has shown that there are some geographic areas within the country where ambient air quality standards are being exceeded, and this is posing a threat to human health and the environment in those areas, the department said. What has become clear is that household utilisation of dirty fuels is one of the major contributors to the observed exceedances, particularly in residential areas, it said. “The problem of residential air pollution is more often than not, associated with dense low-income settlements. “Air pollution in dense low-income settlements

"Low nicotine" or menthol cigarettes are just as likely to die from lung cancer as those w

The risks of lighter cigarettes are just as high as normal ones, researchers said They are concerned people think there is a 'safer' option when there is not Unfiltered cigarettes are the worst - doubling the chance of lung cancer death Smokers of 'light' or menthol cigarettes are just as likely to die from lung cancer as those who use the traditional ones, researchers claim. Scientists have warned there is no safe cigarette, despite people believing low-tar options may be a healthier choice. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina analysed health records of 14,000 smokers, aged between 55 and 74. All the volunteers had smoker for at least 30 'pack years' - the number of pack

What is Third-Hand Smoke?

Ever heard of second-hand smoke? And what about third hand smoke?? Third hand smoke is known as cotinine, an anagram of nicotine. It can be found on carpets, walls and curtains and other places in smoker’s homes.