Nicotine When we go through previous article, we found

Nicotine is an
aliphatic hydrocarbon obtained from leaves of tobacco plant. Nicotine is a highly
addictive substance, when in the blood stream can make a person’s mood boost,
and may even relieve minor depression (9). Many people will feel a sense of well-being
while nicotine is in their body, leading further to some thoughts that
nicotine-containing products cannot be bad for them. Sadly, nicotine leads to
many adverse side effects, such as an increase in heart rate, or an increase in
blood pressure. (9).
Nicotine also stimulate a person’s memory and alertness. People who use tobacco
products often depend on it, to facilitate them to achieve certain tasks and
perform well. This is one of the many reasons contributing to its use on
college campuses. The alkaloid nicotine and nornicotine are responsible for
dependence as well as toxic effects of tobacco such as mutagenicity,
carcinogenicity, and genetic damage. These chemicals cause health hazards such
as cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular morbidity and leads to
premature death.

Nicotine use is
the single most preventable cause of premature adult death globally (WHO 2008).
Everyday 80,000-100,000 youth become lifelong tobacco addicts (World Bank
1999), and killing nearly half of them earlier from an ailments caused due to
tobacco use. Tobacco related illness account for one in ten adult deaths
worldwide (1) and
if current trend continue, one billion people are estimated to die from tobacco
use in the 21st century (2) The world health organization (WHO), predicts that India
will have the fastest rate of rise in deaths attributed to nicotine in the
first two decades of the 21st century. Many of these deaths occur in
the productive year of the adult life as a consequence of an addiction acquired
in youth. (3)  When we go through previous article, we found
prevalence of nicotine as 28.5% amongst in students (T. Chatterjee et al 2011),
35.74% in medical students (Swati Khan et al 2012), 11.8% in students of
various streams in city Bangalore (Uday Kumar Reddy 2015), 28% (A. Arora et al

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It has been observed that
tobacco addiction pattern varies with geography, age, gender, culture, race,
religion, socio economic status, family background, etc. and there is a gate
way theory attributes to tobacco use. The present study provided information
regarding perceptions of harm to health, addictiveness, and social
acceptability of various forms of nicotine products. The ongoing increase in
the consumption of tobacco amongst youths is emerging as a complex and
multidimensional problem. It is therefore important to study the tobacco
addiction pattern in college student. The aim of this study was to assess the
prevalence and pattern of tobacco consumption among college students of Agra.


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