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SMOKING TRIVIA

Here are some interesting facts and figures about smoking.

Some of the irst tobacco leaves appeared in Europe in 1492 Christopher Columbus took a few to Queen Isabella of Spain.

At the time, it was thought that tobacco could be used to treat wounds, asthma and cancer. Some people even believed that smoking cleaned out the lungs.

A French Ambassador named Jean Nicot brought Tobacco plants to Portugal in 1559. Incidentally, the word “nicotine” comes from his last name.

Nicotine is a drug found in cigarettes that stimulates the brain. When levels of nicotine in the blood fall, regular smokers may develop withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety,restlessness, headaches and irritability. These symptoms may be relieved by the next cigarette.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (204) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 common mistakes in English. Plus, 100 words for hobbies and pastimes, 10 useful words for talking about trains, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Employment – work-related stress. • Grammar – the future perfect. • Health – vegetable benefits. • Functional language – persuasion II. • Language – how to improve your listening skills. • Music – summer festivals. • Social media – YouTube superstars. • Musicians – Lady Gaga. • Culture – smoking. • Business – marketing. • Psychology – lie detectors. • Personality – graphology. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!