Nicotine facts - the truth about nicotine.

Including interesting nicotine facts and statistics


Facts on nicotine are undisputed proven truths about the drug nicotine. Nicotine is a substance similar to heroin and cocaine in terms of its ability and power to cause dependency in the user. It is found in several plant leaves. It is harvested on a mass scale for commercial purposes like tobacco cigarettes from dried tobacco plants.

Nicotine facts - The Drug

  • Nicotine is found in a plant family called solaceous
  • Pure nicotine is transparent but turns brown on contact with air
  • The greatest concentration of nicotine in tobacco products is found in cigarettes. Least concentration is in chewing tobacco
  • Tobacco plants produce nicotine to protect themselves against natural enemies in the food chain like grazing animals.
  • Nicotine is named after the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum
  • Innovative companies are producing nicotine water. Bottled water containing nicotine. The safety of the water is not yet proven
  • On average only 1mg of nicotine is absorbed into the body when smoking.
  • Three drops of pure nicotine in the palm of a hand can kill a person.
  • Nicotine is one of the most heavily used drug in America
  • Cigarette smoking has remained the most popular way of taking in nicotine since the start of the 20th century.
  • Nicotine is not lab produced. Pharmaceutical companies just like tobacco companies also buy tobacco from tobacco farms for nicotine extract to produce stop smoking products such as nicotine chewing gum.
  • Nicotine is used in organic gardening to kill insects.

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Nicotine facts - Health

  • Nicotine is not genotoxic - can not cause genetic mutation. It therefore can't cause cancer on it's own.
  • Nicotine is absorbed into the human body through any of the three ways i.e inhalation, dermal (skin related) and ingestion.
  • It is absorbed fastest through the skin, lungs, nose, and stomach
  • New born's urine has tested nicotine positive when the mother smokes.
  • Nicotine accelerates the release of dopamine responsible for stimulating feelings of pleasure, movement, emotion and motivation
  • Continine a by-product (metabolite) of nicotine can be measured in plasma, urine, saliva, hair and cervical mucus.
  • Chewing tobacco results in saliva continine concentrations similar to active smokers.
  • Nicotine is discharged from the body also through stools.
  • Nicotine is also expelled from the body through breast milk to child.
  • Nicotine reaches the brain after a single puff in 10 seconds.
  • How long does nicotine stay in your body?- It has a very short life in the human body requiring smokers to continually recharge through-out the day.
  • On average a smokers craves for nicotine every 40 minutes.
  • Once off nicotine stimulation in a smoker is immediately followed by depression and fatigue creating a new round of nicotine craving.
  • Nicotine addiction leads to severe nicotine withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop smoking
  • Smoking women generally have earlier menopause.
  • There are individuals with genetic resistance to nicotine.
  • Children who work in tobacco farms in developing countries absorb nicotine through their skin. Their clothes become giant nicotine patches as they work in the field and in tobacco bans. the results are often deadly.
  • Nicotine damages a developing brain i.e infants and teens.
  • Nicotine eventually kills by paralyzing breath muscles

The foregoing is a list of sobering nicotine facts that every smoking person must consider.Most smokers want to know how-long-does-nicotine-stay in the body. Continued intake of cigarette sustains the levels of nicotine in the body even over night.


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