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Smoking and ChewingBy Trevor Glover Tobacco is a plant grown for its leaves that are smoked chewed or sniffed for a ton of effects like thinking your cool if you do but we all know your really not It is an addictive substance because it has the chemical nicotine in it People say that the tobacco plant is believed to have started in the Western Hemisphere The leaves of the plant are then made for smoking chewing or sniffing Nicotine is not the only chemical it contains over 4000 other chemicals The Indians of Mexico and Peru used tobacco for the ceremonies medical purposes and to help fight hunger pains during a drought Columbus is credited with introducing tobacco into Europe then after that tobacco use became widely accepted by the Portuguese Spanish French British and Scandinavians Explorers and sailors who became dependent upon tobacco began planting the crop so they could have there own supply The colonist introduced tobacco to the Americans in the early 1600s It became a major trading crop of the many colonies that were settled in the US Most of the health hazards would only talk about cigarette smoking not chewing tobacco While the number of smokers in the United States has continually decreased over years the number of smokeless tobacco users has increased a lot Since the 1970s a big increase in smokeless tobacco has been in teenagers from 17 to 19 years old There has been a lot more advertising on smokeless products because of that very fact The bad thing is that people think that smokeless tobacco is safer so they quit cigarette smoking and then begin to chew tobacco thinking that it is safer than cigarettesAlthough over 40 million people in the United States have quit smoking about 50 million continue to smoke which is about 25 of the population in the US Each year about 13 million Americans quit smoking
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