Home / Teen / Drugs and Alcohol / Tobacco Tobacco Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) What is tobacco? Tobacco is a type of plant used in making cigarettes, cigars, chewing/dipping tobacco and hookah. While tobacco products are legal to purchase for adults, they are highly addictive and have many negative effects. What should I do if I need help? Contact us to learn more about the dangers of tobacco products and how we can help. If you feel like you need immediate help, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you. How does tobacco affect me? Tobacco contains a stimulant called nicotine which causes feelings of pleasure for the person using it. However, using tobacco products has many dangerous side effects, including: lung, mouth, and many other types of cancer increased heart rate and blood pressure persistent cough gum disease risk of stroke aging of skin bad breath and yellowed teeth Tobacco products are highly addictive, meaning that once you start using them, it’s very hard to stop.