Is tobacco classified as a drug

Drugs in general

Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes - many people take legal drugs for granted on a daily basis. Sooner or later every adolescent is confronted with them, but often also with illegal substances. Many young people are looking for that "certain kick" by consuming intoxicants. What starts with curious trying things out often ends in disaster: 1,002 people paid for the consumption of drugs with their lives in 2013 - in 2012 the figure was 944, including one child between the ages of 13 and one between the ages of 14 and 17. 9 drug deaths in 2013 were between 18 and 20 years old, 48 were 21 to 24 years old. More than half of the deaths were related to heroin use.

But the number of alcohol addicts, drug addicts and tobacco addicts clearly exceeds that of users of illegal drugs. In Germany, 74,000 people die every year from the direct or indirect consequences of their alcohol consumption. Younger people between the ages of 19 and 29 in particular "enjoy" in amounts that can be harmful to their health. At 54.9%, the proportion of men affected is significantly higher than that of women with 36%. But 8.2% of 12 to 17 year olds are also affected. In 2012, 26,673 children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 had to be hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

In Germany, cigarettes are still seen as the number one gateway drug. Although it has become increasingly difficult for children and adolescents to obtain legal drugs in recent years, 12% of boys aged 12 to 17 and 13% of girls of the same age smoke. A total of around 14.7 million smokers live in Germany - a third of them are classified as severely addicted to nicotine.

Young people should therefore be protected even better against drugs in the future. The German Headquarters Against Addiction Risks (DHS) bundles the specialist knowledge in Germany on addiction prevention and addiction support. It provides information and help for consumers, addicts and their relatives.