Smoking is breathing in smoke from a burning substance, usually tobacco. The most common way to smoke is cigarettes, which are made from tobacco. Tobacco is also smoked in pipes and cigars. Other drugs like cannabis (usually called pot or weed) and cocaine can be smoked, too - these drugs are illegal. Kids sometimes smoke because:
We are learning more and more about how serious the health risks are from smoking. They’re pretty extreme and dangerous to your well-being:
You also need to be wary of “second-hand smoking,” breathing in smoke from others around you. Breathing in a lot of smoke off others’ smoking can cause health problems, too.
Starting to smoke as a teenager starts a really big habit that will last your whole life. It’s really hard to stop smoking. Tobacco contains nicotine. It’s highly addictive, like other more serious drugs such as heroin. Nicotine makes the body and mind used to getting it, so you start to need the regular fix. Other things will happen to your appearance, too:
Cannabis, also called pot or weed, is a plant that can be smoked like tobacco. It’s a mild hallucinogen that causes you to see and feel weird things. People smoke it for many of the same reasons as cigarettes like fitting in or looking cool. Cannabis can also make you feel relaxed and happy - however, it can also make you really sick.
Using marijuana at a young age can result in certain types of brain problems. This could cause you to have weak communication skills, lowered learning capabilities and a shortened attention span.
In addition to the possible effects on your brain, smoking marijuana may also be hazardous to your developing lungs. Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
Some movies and music make it look normal and cool to smoke weed. If being healthy and getting good grades are some of your goals, using marijuana can become a big deal, fast. Marijuana limits your brain's effectiveness, slows your thinking and impairs your coordination.
Is it really worth it?
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