Why Tobacco Naturally Makes Addictive Poison

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We all know that cigarettes are bad for us but what we may not know is that one of the more addicting ingredients in those little death sticks is naturally produced by the plant itself.

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Sources:

Solanaceae:
http://www.britannica.com/plant/Solan...

“Solanaceae, the nightshade, or potato, family of flowering plants (order Solanales), with 102 genera and nearly 2,500 species, many of considerable economic importance as food and drug plants.""

The Dope On Nicotine:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cigarett...

“If it weren't for nicotine, people wouldn't smoke tobacco. Why? Because of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, nicotine is the primary one that acts on the brain, altering people's moods, appetites, and alertness in ways they find pleasant and beneficial.""

The Nicotine Content of Common Vegetables:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/...

“The presence of nicotine and its metabolite cotinine in the body fluids of nonsmokers is usually taken as evidence of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.""

How Nicotine Works:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nico...

“You may have discovered the effects of nicotine in your teen years -- as many as 85 percent of adult American smokers admit they got hooked when they were under 21 -- but tobacco has a more substantial history than sneaking a smoke after school.""

Toxic Halitosis Protects Tobacco-Eating Caterpillar:
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.c...

“Way before people started inhaling nicotine in cigarette smoke, plants were using the chemical to defend themselves from animals. Nicotine is a poison, and an exceptionally deadly one.""

Addiction To Nicotine:
http://www.who.int/tobacco/publicatio...

“Addiction to tobacco kills one person prematurely every six seconds. One in two long-term smokers—largely in low- and middle-income countries —will die from
tobacco addiction.""

5 Health Benefits Of Smoking:
http://www.livescience.com/15115-5-he...

“Who says smoking cigarettes is so bad ... well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth?""

Hidden Benefits Of Nicotine on The Brain:
http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/05/...

“When most people think of nicotine, they think of smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products. Since tobacco products are linked to various types of cancer (e.g. lung cancer from smoking), many people assume that nicotine is inherently evil.""

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"I had low self-esteem and despite knowing the dangers, I started smoking to fit in."

Terry

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