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Stuff You Should Know's Nicotine Quiz
by Staff
If you're an American and you're reading this, then there's about a 30 percent chance you're addicted to nicotine. If you listened to this podcast, then you should have no problem scoring well.

How early was tobacco cultivated?

  • A.D. 1200
  • A.D. 950
  • 6000 B.C.

Where was tobacco first cultivated?

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • The Americas

True or false: Tobacco was believed to protect people from plague.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What percentage of the tobacco plant is made up of nicotine?

  • 20 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 30 percent

How much of the 8 to 20 milligrams of nicotine in a cigarette is absorbed by the body?

  • 1 to 2 milligrams
  • 5 to 7 milligrams
  • all of it

Which is the quickest way to get nicotine into the body?

  • snorting
  • through the gums
  • cheeks

True or false: The brain is pretty much the first stop for nicotine once it enters your body.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What is the half-life for nicotine in the human body?

  • three hours
  • 60 minutes
  • 15 minutes

It's believed that nicotine may block the release of what hormone?

  • insulin
  • ghrelin
  • leptin

How many chemicals are present in a tobacco plant?

  • about 4,000
  • about 500
  • about 300

The small proteins the body creates in response to nicotine are called what?

  • endorphins
  • collagen
  • oxytocin

What is one disease for which nicotine may actually serve a therapeutic purpose?

  • Tourette's
  • Alzheimer's
  • both

Roughly what percentage of people who try to quit smoking are successful?

  • 35 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 2 percent

What percentage of all deaths in the United States each year are due to cigarette smoking?

  • 10 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent

When a person smokes, how long does it take nicotine to reach the brain?

  • 30 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • 7 seconds

How many Americans successfully quit smoking each year?

  • about 3.5 million
  • about 1.3 million
  • about 5.5 million

How much money does the tobacco industry spend each year marketing its cigarettes?

  • $4 billion
  • $750 million
  • $1 billion

On average, non-smokers live how many more years than smokers?

  • three to four years
  • 13 to 14 years
  • eight to nine years

Worldwide, tobacco use kills how many people each year?

  • 4 million
  • 3 million
  • 5 million

True or false: Nicotine is addictive.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE