I’ve had the song “Toxic” by Britney Spears stuck in my head all day, so I figured I might as well relate it to chemistry. While Spears doesn’t talk about the science kind of chemistry, the song is about being intoxicated by someone’s love, therefore the other form of chemistry. Some of the lyrics also hint at chemistry.
“Too high, can’t come down. Losing my head, spinning round and round.”
While I am kind of stretching this, she could be talking about how it feels like there’s no oxyegen to breathe in when the person is around. Another line mentions being addicted and that the man is, suprise, toxic!
What else is toxic? A lot of things. Some major addictions today are cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. An important reason for some of the addcitions is nicotine. Nicotine is lethal, and creates a chemical dependency. Nicotine is found in tobacco leaves and was first seperated in 1828 by two German scientists. The formula for nicotine is C14H10N2. Hydorgen, nitrogen, and carbon make up a dangerous substance, despite the many positive things that come from the same three elements. However, it’s this delicate arrangement of numbers and elements that makes it so hazardous. Nicotine is easily obtanied, as it is legal in pesticides and is in cigarettes. The main is reason is because it is based on plant chemistry, but, nevertheless, nicotine is here to stay.
I have never had a cigarette or tobacco, and I don’t plan on trying it at all. Even though I may know the dangers, others may not know the reasons behind that. It is important to know why we shouldn’t do things, because it gives us a better reason to say “no”. Nicotine is perilous to your health, and, if you consume large amounts of nicotine, don’t you know that you’re toxic?
So Ta Ta for now and hope to see your chemical reaction soon!


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