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Tobacco is burned and the vapors either tasted or inhaled. It is the most common method of consuming tobacco, and tobacco is the most common substance smoked. The agricultural product is often mixed with other additives and then pyrolyzed. The resulting vapors are then often inhaled and the active substances absorbed through mouth and lungs.

The active substances trigger chemical reactions in nerve endings, which heightens heart rate, memory, alertness, and reaction time. Dopamine and later endorphins are released, which are often associated with pleasure. As of the year 2000,it is practiced by some 1.22 billion people.

German scientist formally identified the link between this and lung cancer in the late 1920s leading to the first campaign. In 1950, health authorities began to suggest a relationship between it and cancer.

In the 1980s a political action began against the practice. Although the tobacco companies have paid large fines and were instructed to put warnings on every pack of cigarettes. It still remains as strong as ever.

In 1950 Richard Doll published research in the British Medical Journal showing a close link between it and lung cancer. Four years later, in 1954 the British Doctors Study, a study of some 40 thousand doctors over 20 years, confirmed the suggestion, based on which the government issued advice that it and lung cancer rates were related.

In 1964 the United States Surgeon General's Report on Health like wise began suggesting the relationship between it and cancer.

The active substances in tobacco, especially cigarettes is administered by burning the leaves and inhaling the vaporized gas that results. This quickly and effectively delivers substances into the bloodstream by absorption through the lungs.Pipe and Cigars are not inhaled because of its high alkalinity, which are irritating to the lungs,.However, because of its higher alkalinity compared to cigarettes, unionized nicotine is more readily absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth.

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As of 2000, It is practiced by 1.22 billion people. Assuming no change in prevalence it is predicted that 1.45 billion people will do it in 2010 and 1.5 to 1.9 billion in 2025. Assuming that prevalence will decrease at 1%a year and that there will be a modest increase of income of 2%, it is predicted the number of smokers will stand at 1.3 billion in 2010 and 2025.

It is generally five times higher among men than women, however the gender gap declines with younger age. As of 2002, about twenty percent of young teens (13-15) smoke worldwide. From which 80,000 to 100,000 children begin to smoke every day--roughly half of which live in Asia. Half of those who begin in adolescent years are projected to go on to for 15 to 20 years

As a teenager I smoked cigarettes. The corner store would sell loose cigarettes. The loosies cost two for a nickel and we used to buy the cigarettes on the way to school and after school. but nowadays loose cigarettes are still being sold but for as much as $.75 for one. Wow!!

The price whether it is $.05 or $.75 does not matter, it is still not good to do it and as I have put forth, you see the reason why. It is a personal choice but at the end of the day it is still an addiction

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