Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Tobacco

Slang terms

Cigs, smokes, butts, cancer sticks

Active ingredient

Nicotine

Source

Natural (from Nicotinia Tabacum)

Pharmacological classification

CNS toxin

Medical use

Emetic

Abuse form

Snuff, pipe cut particles, cigars, cigarettes

Usage method

Smoked, snorted, chewed

Effects sought

Relaxation

Advserse Effects

Loss of appetite; addictive lung cancer; retarded fetal growth

Detectable in urine

Yes

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