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    Nicotine is a stimulant, like caffeine (which is biochemically extremely similar).  It absolutely shouldn't be consumed by people who have certain heart conditions.  Like caffeine, it causes arterial vasoconstriction (raised blood pressure), and does curb appetite.

    Nicotine isn't carcinogenic, in and of itself, but like any stimulant it can cause a pre-existing cancer to grow faster than it would have.

    Nicotine is toxic in larger amounts, but we don't approach those under normal consumption.  Like caffeine, plants produce it to paralyze or kill insects and small animals that feed on the plant.

    Nicotine's actually impossible to avoid.  It's inherent in every single member of the nightshade family, which includes eggplant and tomatoes, and produced in tiny amounts by many plants.  When you test negative for nicotine, it just means that you test at the normal levels--everybody tests above 0.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 01:55:06 PM PDT

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