Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco leaves. Nicotine is a stimulant with very addictive properties. When someone uses nicotine, they feel the drive to use it again. Nicotine is naturally found in tobacco leaves but can be isolated and put into other products like e-cigarettes and vapes.
Most people who use tobacco products start doing so in their teenage years — 9 in 10 cigarette smokers started smoking by age 18. Each day in the United States, about 2000 people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette, and 300 of them start smoking cigarettes daily.
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