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Health Vocab Ch. 20


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the drug in tobacco that may act as a stimulant and cause addiction
a drug that speeds up the activities of the central nervous system
nicotine withdrawal
reaction to the lack of nicotine in the body which causes symptoms such as headache, irritability, restlessness, increased coughing, nausea, vomiting, a general feeling of illness, and intense cravings for tobacco
the dark, sticky mixture of chemicals that is formed when tobacco burns
chemicals that are cancer-causing agents
carbon monoxide
a poisonous, colorless, odorless gas that is found in cigarette smoke
smokeless tobacco
tobacco that is chewed or sniffed through the nose
chewing tobacco
poor-quality tobacco leaves mixed with molasses or honey and placed between the cheek and gums
finely ground tobacco that may be held between the lower lip and teeth or sniffed through the nose
chronic bronchitis
a condition in which the bronchial tubes become swollen and clogged with mucus
oral cancers
cancers of the mouth, throat, and tongue
- hard, white, leathery patches or sores that form on the inside of the mouth
mainstream smoke
what smokers inhale into their lungs and then exhale into the air
sidestream smoke
goes directly into the air from burning tobacco
passive smokers
the nonsmokers who involuntarily breathe sidestream smoke
herbal cigarette
any cigarette made from plant materials other than tobacco
nicotine gum
a chewing gum containing nicotine that allows a person to quit smoking tobacco without experiencing withdrawal symptoms
nicotine patch
designed to reduce a smoker’s craving for cigarettes

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