nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous alkaloid C10H14N2 that is the chief active principle of tobacco and is used as an insecticide

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Some smokers who cannot quit can transition to e-cigarettes, which deliver large doses of nicotine but are less harmful than inhaling smoke from burning tobacco. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The puzzling problem of vaping," 24 July 2019 They are largely viewed as less harmful than traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarettes and some adult smokers use them as an alternative source of nicotine. Time, "Juul Exec Says E-Cigarettes Never Intended for Teens," 26 July 2019 They are largely viewed as less harmful than traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarettes and some adult smokers use them as an alternative source of nicotine. Washington Post, "Juul exec: Never intended electronic cigarette for teens," 25 July 2019 Some smokers who cannot quit can transition to e-cigarettes, which deliver large doses of nicotine but are less harmful than inhaling smoke from burning tobacco. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The puzzling problem of vaping," 24 July 2019 Some smokers who cannot quit can transition to e-cigarettes, which deliver large doses of nicotine but are less harmful than inhaling smoke from burning tobacco. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: The puzzling problem of vaping," 21 July 2019 Langer quit the team in favor of becoming a heavy user of nicotine. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Vaping is hurting teenage athletes, dashing their future in sports," 10 July 2019 But e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine and can still cause nicotine addiction. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Vaping, juice cleanses, fitness trackers: Some 'healthy' trends are riskier than you think," 4 July 2019 But the argument for prohibition makes even less sense if Juul serves as a gateway drug and gets kids hooked on nicotine. James P. Sutton, National Review, "San Francisco’s Vaping Ban Threatens to Push Teens Back Toward Cigarettes," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of nicotine

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nicotine

French, from New Latin nicotiana

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The first known use of nicotine was in 1817

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nicotine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous substance in tobacco that makes it difficult for people to stop smoking cigarettes

nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Kids Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous substance found in small amounts in tobacco

nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈnik-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Medical Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous alkaloid C10H14N2 that is the chief active principle of tobacco and that is used as an insecticide and is sometimes used in smoking cessation aids

Note: Trademarks for nicotine include Nicoderm, Nicorette, and Nicotrol.

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