Tobacco-Fast facts for families
The most tell-tale sign that someone has recently used tobacco is the lingering smell of smoke on hair, clothing, breath and hands.
Tobacco is a stimulant derived from leaves of the tobacco plant. Nicotine is tobacco’s active, addictive ingredient. Tobacco can be bought and used legally by people over 18.
Cigs, fags, butts, darts, smokes, cancer sticks, ciggies, rollies.
SIGNS THAT SOMEONE MIGHT BE SMOKING IN MY HOUSE
The most tell-tale sign that someone has recently used tobacco is the lingering smell of smoke on hair, clothing, breath and hands. Excessive use of mouth wash, toothpaste, chewing gum, perfume or deodorant to mask the smell may also be signs that a young person has been smoking. Burning incense or using room fresheners, fans or open windows to aerate rooms may also indicate someone has been smoking the house. The presence of buts (burnt out stubs of cigarettes) may also be an indicator.
Physical symptoms are quite subtle but can include relaxation, reduced appetite and increased alertness.
HOW COMMON IS USAGE?
According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010 one in six Australians aged over 14 years (15.1 per cent) smoked tobacco daily.
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