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Current Nevada Law states that the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 21.
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical found in tobacco plants that is sometimes extracted for vaping products. Most commonly found in cigarettes, cigars, and alternatives to smoking, nicotine can severely harm a person's lungs, brain, and heart. Research has shown that smoking can cause high blood pressure, narrowing of arteries, and increased heart rate. Nicotine stays in the body for 6-8 hours depending on the frequency of the smoker. There is also synthetic nicotine that is created in a lab. While synthetic nicotine has been marketed as "clean" or "pure", it is still just as harmful and the FDA is still unsure how to regulate it.
What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and any inhalation of secondhand smoke will have immediate adverse effects. While most would think secondhand smoke is standing by someone who is smoking and inhaling their cigarette, a fetus can also breathe in secondhand smoke from their mother smoking. Smoking during pregnancy has resulted in more than 1,000 infant deaths a year.
What are all the ways you can consume nicotine?
There are many ways to consume nicotine. Most commonly is through cigarettes or cigars, however more and more alternatives have been developed over the years. A popular alternative has been e-cigarettes or "vaping". E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquid to produce an aerosol or "vapor" to be inhaled. These e-cigarettes can come in many different shapes that look like pens, USBs, and even watches. There are also "smokeless" alternatives such as "chew", "snuff", and "snus". This alternative is usually either placed between the gum and lip or cheek or can be snorted. While chew and snus are typically loose leaf, moist snus and snuff is typically sold in small pouches. Nicotine has also been made in patch, lozenge, and gum form in an effort to reduce smoking.
How does nicotine affect my body?
When nicotine is introduced to your body, it is absorbed into your bloodstream and goes into your adrenal glands which causes them to release adrenaline. High amounts of adrenaline can your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate to increase. Nicotine also makes the pancreas produce less insulin which causes a slight increase in blood sugar or glucose. The brain is also effected by nicotine and can become slower at recalling memories and retaining new information.
Percentage of high school students in Nevada who do not use e-cigarettes
Percentage of parents in Churchill County have discussed the dangers of tobacco with their children
Percentage of Churchill County who believe that it is very wrong for youth to smoke tobacco