The Effects

  • Smoking any drug gets it to the brain quickly.  When a smoker inhales, the nicotine reaches the brain in around 8 seconds
  • Speeds up the heart rate and increase blood pressure
  • regular smokers say it helps them relax, feel less hungry and concentrate

The Risks

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Respiratory problems such as Bronchitis etc
  • Pregnant women risk having low weight/premature babies
  • There are approximately 120,000 smoking related deaths in the UK each year

The Law

  • Legal to buy if over 16 years of age
  • As of March 2006 it is illegal to smoke in public buildings, pubs, restaurants etc
  • There may be a change in law regarding the age of purchase – from 16-18 years

Street Names

  • Fags
  • Rollies
  • Smokes
  • Ciggies
  • Tabs