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Is there a safe way to smoke No All cigarettes can damage the human body Any amount of smoke is dangerous Cigarettes are perhaps the only legal product whose advertised and intended use--smoking-- is harmful to the body and causes cancer Although some people try to make their smoking habit safer by smoking fewer cigarettes most smokers find that hard to do Some people think that switching from high tar and nicotine cigarettes to those with low tar and nicotine content makes smoking safer but this is not always true When people switch to lower tar and nicotine brands they often smoke more cigarettes or more of each cigarette to get the same nicotine dose as before A low-tar cigarette can be just as harmful as a high-tar cigarette when a person takes deeper puffs puffs more frequently or smokes cigarettes to a shorter butt length Even if smokers who switch to lower tar brands do not make these changes to compensate the health benefits are very small when compared to the benefits of quitting for good Is cigarette smoking really addictive Yes The nicotine in cigarette smoke causes an addiction to smoking Nicotine is an addictive drug--just like heroin and cocaine--for 3 main reasons When taken in small amounts nicotine creates pleasant feelings that make the smoker want to smoke more Smokers usually become dependent on nicotine and suffer withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking These symptoms include nervousness headaches irritability and difficulty in sleeping Because nicotine affects the chemistry of the brain and central nervous system it can affect the mood and nature of the smoker What does nicotine do Nicotine is a poison and in large doses can kill a person by stopping their breathing muscles Smokers usually take in small amounts that the body can quickly break down and get rid of The first dose of
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