A.K.A: Smokes, Ciggies, Durries, Darts, Vaping, Nic
Nicotine is a drug made from the leaves of the tobacco plant. It is the active ingredient in cigarettes, chewing tobacco and vapes. Nicotine can also come in the form of patches, lozenges and gums called Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT.
Nicotine can make you feel relaxed and decrease feelings of agitation or irritability. It can also make you feel nauseous, dizzy and cause headaches. If you use nicotine regularly, you may find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms and cravings if you try to stop or take a break.
Smoking cigarettes regularly can cause long term damage to your lungs, heart, and other parts of your body, and increase your risk of developing cancer.
ASH’s new Year 10 Survey provides a solid statistical evidence base of what is happening with smoking and vaping amongst young people
Cannabis is now widely accepted as a medical treatment, but does it have the evidential backing of other medicines? From herbal remedies to clinical therapies, Max Daly investigates the big business of medical cannabis.
In September the Drug Foundation made submissions on two Ministry of Health consultation documents: Policy Options for the Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes and Review of Drug Utensils Regulation.