Tobacco-Fast facts for schools
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 SOMEONE HAS RECENTLY USED THIS DRUG
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. Physical symptoms are quite subtle but can include relaxation, reduced appetite and increased alertness.
SIGNS THAT SOMEONE MIGHT BE USING OR DEALING AT MY SCHOOL
Tobacco is purchased as pre-rolled cigarettes in labelled cardboard packs or as loose tobacco in pouches that then need to be rolled with thin tissue like papers (also sold in small packs) and filters (sold in zip lock bags) .
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. Many young people experiment with tobacco opportunistically without going on to use regularly.
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM
In the short term, apart from the implications of of a student transgressing rules, tobacco is unlikely to have an effect on learning capacity and may enhance concentration and alertness and reduce stress and anxiety. Passive smoking is a risk for the non-smoking peers.
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