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Whether smoked or chewed, tobacco is a delivery system for a very potent drug: nicotine. “It’s actually the level of nicotine in the blood stream that the body is responding to… We see the same kind of thing with, for example, the addiction to heroin or the addiction to cocaine,” says Ben Jones, of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In this program, teens Nate, Kay, Joy, and Tony frankly describe their experiences with tobacco. A recurring theme of their individual stories is the feeling of coolness and social acceptance that comes with smoking and dipping—a perception that the program’s experienced addiction counselors are quick to deflate, while tarring the media and a permissive society as the primary forces behind tobacco’s attraction. A satiric onscreen “quiz” also helps strip the glamor from tobacco use. A Cambridge Educational Production. (22 minutes)

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Smoking and its Consequences
Teenagers may smoke or chew tobacco to fit in or be like the "guys." Tobacco use causes a host of problems including cancer, lung disease and heart disease.