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Tobacco, Drugs and Alcohol Vocabulary

NicotineAn addictive drug found in tobacco.
TarA thick, dark liquid that forms when tobacco burns.
Carbon MonoxideA colorless, odorless, poisonous gas produced when tobacco burns.
AddictionA psychological or physical need for a drug or other substance.
WithdrawalThe unpleasant symptoms that someone experiences when he or she stops using an addictive substance.
Psychological DependenceAn addiction in which a person believes that he or she needs a drug in order to feel good or function normally.
Physical DependenceAn addiction in which the body develops a chemical need for a drug.
ToleranceThe body’s need for a larger and larger doses of a drug to produce the same effect.
Secondhand SmokeAir that has been contaminated by tobacco smoke.
Mainstream SmokeThe smoke that a smoker inhales and then exhales.
Passive SmokersNonsmokers who breathe secondhand smoke.
DrugA substance other than food that changes the structure of function of the body.
MedicineA drug that prevents or cures illness or eases its symptoms.
Prescription MedicineA medicine that can be used safely only with a doctor’s written permission.
Over-the-Counter MedicineMedicines that you can buy without a doctor’s prescription.
Side EffectsReactions to medicines other than the ones intended.
AlcoholA drug created by a chemical reaction in some foods, especially fruits and grains.
AlcoholismAn illness characterized by a physical and psychological need for alcohol.
Illegal DrugsSubstances that are against the law for people of any age to manufacture, possess, buy, or sell.
Drug AbuseUse of a drug for non-medical purposes.
StimulantsDrugs that speed up the body’s functions.
AmphetaminesStrong stimulant drugs that speed up the nervous system.
Depressants- Drugs that slow down the body’s functions and reactions, including heart and breathing rates.

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