Nicotine

CAS Registry Number [55-11-5]

Nicotine is an alkaloid found in tobacco, and is responsible for its pharmacological effects and addiction. Contact dermatitis from nicotine, considered as rare, has been more frequent since its use in transdermal systems. Irritant dermatitis is mainly encountered, as contact urticaria seems to be rare. Allergic contact dermatitis, sometimes generalized, has been reported, with positive patch testing to nicotine base (10% ethanol or petrolatum). No consequences have been reported in patients who start smoking again after skin sensitization.

Suggested Reading

Bircher AJ, Howald H, Rufli T (1991) Adverse skin reactions to nicotine in a transdermal therapeutic system. Contact Dermatitis 25: 230-236 Vincenzi C, Tosti A, Cirone M, Guarrera M, Cusano F (1993) Allergic contact dermatitis from transdermal nicotine systems. Contact Dermatitis 29:104-105

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

Among the evils which a vitiated appetite has fastened upon mankind, those that arise from the use of Tobacco hold a prominent place, and call loudly for reform. We pity the poor Chinese, who stupifies body and mind with opium, and the wretched Hindoo, who is under a similar slavery to his favorite plant, the Betel but we present the humiliating spectacle of an enlightened and christian nation, wasting annually more than twenty-five millions of dollars, and destroying the health and the lives of thousands, by a practice not at all less degrading than that of the Chinese or Hindoo.

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