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Sara Bellum
August 27 2009

Have you been at a restaurant or party where people are smoking, and acting like their clouds of smoke are no big deal? Do you put up with breathing secondhand smoke to hang out with your friends? In this video, Dr. Gaya Dowling and Dr. Redonna Chandler sink a few balls while sharing some real facts about smoking.

Fact: Nicotine is addictive.

Fact: Most smokers start smoking before the age of 18.

Fact: It only takes eight seconds for the nicotine in cigarette smoke to be inhaled, enter your brain, and start affecting your brain cells—whether or not you're the one who lit up in the first place!

That's less time than it takes most people to cue up and make a shot. Watch the video and see what you think.