Long term effects
  • 140 000 hospital episodes and 19 000 deaths in Australia attributed to tobacco use every year
  • common diagnoses are cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema). 50 Australians die every day from smoking, compared to 10 who die from alcohol-related conditions and four who die as a result of road accidents
  • tolerance to the effects of the nicotine in the tobacco develops very quickly. Smokers need to smoke more and more in order to get the same effect
  • with repeated use of tobacco, the risk of dependence on nicotine is high. Dependence on nicotine can be physiological, psychological or both

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