Nicotine dependence

Nicotine dependence

Imagine the state of Missouri and imagine that everyone died. It is the same amount as the number of people that die every year from tobacco use. The approximate estimation is about 6 million each year. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes, and cigars are all forms of tobacco. All tobacco products contain nicotine and other toxic substances that can harm the health of the consumers. Nicotine is an addictive drug and a stimulant.

“Nicotine dependence is an addiction to tobacco products cause by one of its ingredients - the drug nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive drug which causes mood-altering changes in the brain which are temporarily pleasing, making people want to use it more and more.” (Nordqvist, 2013)

Why do people start to use tobacco products? There’s not really a certain reason that people start. Many tobacco users usually started in their early teenage years and haven’t really been able to stop because it has become a habit. Many reasons such as peer pressure, heredity, or stress relief could be one of the reasons many tobacco users started. It all depends on the environment a person has grown up in.

An addiction to nicotine urges a smoker to continue smoking, despite what he or she knows about the negative health effects of smoking (Wagner & Triggle, 2003). As you’re determining whether a person is nicotine dependent, you look at the way a person behaves. A person that is nicotine dependent smokes and cannot stop, has withdrawal symptoms, still smokes despite health concerns, and makes social sacrifices. After becoming tolerant to a certain amount of nicotine you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop. Physical or mood related withdrawal symptoms can include anger, anxiety, troubling focusing, and a greater appetite. Even though people gain health problems such as heart disease or lung cancer, they still tend to keep smoking. By social sacrificing, people give up activities. For example, many public places have become smoke...

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