tobacco, baccy, cigarettes, ciggies, fags, bifters, rollies, snuff, snout.
Central nervous system stimulant when smoked.
Dried & shredded leaves of the tobacco plant. Hand-rolled or commercially produced cigars and cigarettes. Occasionally prepared for chewing.
Can be prescribed or bought as nicotine gum or patches used to ease withdrawal during attempts to quit smoking.
Desired: reduced anxiety, relaxation.
Side-effects: dizziness, nausea, increased pulse rate and blood pressure.
Tolerance, burn injuries from fires started accidentally.
Dependence, bronchitis, heart disease, damage to circulation, cancers (lungs, throat, tongue). Tobacco smoking in pregnancy can result in damage to the foetus and low birth weight.
Illegal to sell to anyone under 16 years of age.
How is it taken?
Smoked, occasionally chewed.
Pipes, rolling papers, matches/lighter.
Where does it come from?
Retail outlets, vending machines.
There are quit smoking clinics in every area - phone 0800 66 55 44 for local details. There are also a range of other complimentary medicines and treatments such as shiatsu, aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy and acupuncture.