Tobacco is a substance consisting of the dried leaves and stems of the plant Nicotinia tabacum, which contains the drug
been classified as the most addictive drug in existence.
approximately equal blood nicotine levels in tobacco users.
CHEWING looseleaf tobacco and “DIPPING” moist, ground snuff tobacco are two common ways to use tobacco without
smoking. There are as many as 12 million chewers and dippers in the United States who consume smokeless tobacco – many
nicotine, nitrosamines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and dozens of other carcinogens, that can injure tissues in the mouth
presented by smokeless tobacco use are substantial, and cigarettes and smokeless tobacco cannot be meaningfully compared.
addiction and dependence.”
SNUFFING is a method of tobacco administration rarely employed in the United States today. In snuffing, a dry powdered
in the upper nasal passages.
“Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States,” according to the Surgeon General. An
estimated 30 percent of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to smoking. These deaths are due mostly to lung cancer,
serious risks. Spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, low birth weights, and fetal and infant deaths all are more likely to occur
when a pregnant woman smokes.
Use of smokeless tobacco causes serious oral health problems, such as oral cancers, leukoplakia, enamel erosion and tooth
loss, gingivitis, halitosis and gum ulcers. Because nicotine is present in smokeless tobacco, all the cardiovascular problems
associated with cigarette smoking can develop as well.
ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE — commonly referred to as “second-hand smoke” — is the nation’s No. 1
considering smoking-control ordinances to protect the health of non-smokers.
children of non-smokers. It is estimated that smokers’ children miss about three additional days of school per year, the
equivalent of seven weeks of school over the 12 years of primary and secondary schooling, due to exposure to cigarette
smoke in the home.
15 to 20 percent of their sense of smell – enough to keep them from detecting low concentrations of leaking gas. The study
estimated that it is not until 10 years after quitting smoking that the sense of smell returns to its pre-smoking level.
concluded: 1) smoking cessation has major and immediate health benefits for persons of all ages and provides benefits for
persons with and without smoking-related disease; 2) former smokers live longer than continuing smokers; 3) smoking
cessation decreases the risk for lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke and chronic lung disease;
cessation substantially exceed any risks from the average 5-pound weight gain or any adverse psychologic effects that may
Indiana law defines “tobacco” as chewing tobacco; cigars, cigarettes, and snuff that contain tobacco; and pipe tobacco.
A person less than 18 years of age who purchases tobacco or accepts tobacco for personal use commits a Class C infraction,
for which the usual sentence is a maximum $500 fine.
A person who knowingly sells or distributes tobacco to a person less than 18 years of age also commits a Class C infraction.
persons under the age of 18. Restaurants, for example cannot have cigarette vending machines, except in a bar area that is
restricted from entry by minors. Violating this law is also a Class C infraction.
Federal law requires a rotating system of warnings on cigarette packages and advertising. Brands must rotate warnings every
three months, so four warnings appear in a year. The current warnings begin with “SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING,”
“Smoking by Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight,” 3) “Cigarette Smoke
Contains Carbon Monoxide,” or 4) “Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.”
All smokeless tobacco packages and advertising must display one of three rotating health warnings, which are: 1) “Warning:
This product may cause mouth cancer,” 2) “Warning: This product may cause gum disease and tooth loss,” and 3) “Warning:
This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.