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1. It can be very addictive
Being addicted to nicotine can lead to a lack of focus in class, as thoughts turn to the next top-up rather than staying focused on the lesson… not good news for exam results!
2. It is a chemical
The chemical is found in tobacco plants but it can be man-made.
3. It can affect us like coffee
Experts have compared the potential health effects of nicotine to those of caffeine. Like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant and has effects on the heart and lungs, raising the heart rate and blood pressure. In large amounts it can be a poison, but not in the small doses inhaled through a vapouriser.
4. Withdrawal is the worst part
Although being addicted to nicotine in itself doesn’t cause health problems, the feelings associated with withdrawal can be very uncomfortable. So why put yourself through it?
5. Nicotine is banned by most schools
Because of their nicotine content, schools are likely to treat using e-cigs and e-shisha in the same way as smoking.
how to get help
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