Smoking Addiction

2,166 members with Smoking Addiction

Smoking tobacco is one of the biggest causes of disease, disability, and death. Tobacco, a plant grown for its leaves, can be smoked, chewed, or sniffed. Tobacco contains a chemical called nicotine. Nicotine can be addictive like alcohol, cocaine, and morphine. Tobacco also contains more than 19 known chemicals that can cause cancer. Although the number of cigarette smokers has dropped in recent years, the number of smokeless tobacco users has increased. Smokeless tobacco products are either placed in the mouth, cheek, or lip and sucked or chewed on, or placed in the nasal passage. Nicotine in smokeless tobacco is absorbed at the same rate as smoking tobacco, and addiction is still very strong. Both smoking and smokeless tobacco use carry many health risks including increasing the risk of lung cancer or heart disease. Individuals who quit smoking before age 50 halve their risk of dying in the next 15 years.

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Nicoderm 47% Moderate
Chantix 46% Moderate
Wellbutrin 7% Moderate
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