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Doctor insights on: Addiction Of Cigarettes

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What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

Addiction is: Hallmarked by a persistent, compulsive dependence on a substance despite knowledge of negative consequences. So the person who has one cigarette a month while out with friends is likely not addicted. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is smoking cigars addictive?

Is smoking cigars addictive?

Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more

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What are the effects of smoking cigarettes?

What are the effects of smoking cigarettes?

Lots of bad effects: Smoking affects multiple system, and can cause copd, different cancerslike lungs, oral vavity, ubladder, prone to heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, etc. ...Read more

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Scared of co-codamol. Risk of addiction?

Scared of co-codamol. Risk of addiction?

Co-codamol: This consists of Codeine and aeceaminophen. Codeine is an opioid and there is always a risk of addiction with opioids. Your risk rises the longer you use it and if you do not adhere to your doctors instructions. ...Read more

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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more

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Fear of stopping smoking weed why?

You will need to: Explore this one yourself. Anything i said would be a guess. Are you addicted? ...Read more

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What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

Don't: Neither substance should have a high effect when smoked/burned. On the other hand, the things that go to make a pill aren't meant to be inhaled and are liable to cause irritation to mouth, throat and lungs. ...Read more

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Is smoking out of a tobacco pipe more harmful or addictive then just smoking cigarettes?

Is smoking out of a tobacco pipe more harmful or addictive then just smoking cigarettes?

Probably: The amount of nicotine and chemicals in the bowl of a pipe is many times greater than a cigarette. Don't let the idea of not inhaling fool you. These chemical can be absorbed through the lining on your mouth, nose and throat. QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD GOOD LUCK ...Read more

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What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

If it is not: Tobacco, it depends upon what is being burned and what is inhaled. The hookah passes the substasnce through water, and could abstract aqueous soluble products, but not lipophilic ones. One needs to read the label of active ingredients. If you don't know; don't do it. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used. ...Read more

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What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

Many: 1respiratory problems like copd, cough, phlegm, shortness of breath 2lung cancer 3coronary artery disease leading to angina and heart attack 4blockage of arteries causing peripheral vascular disease in legs and stroke 5abdominal aortin aneurysm 6cancers like bladder, cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, pharynx, stomach, leukemia 7infertility, sids, preterm babies 8osteoporisis 9dental&gum disease 10skin. ...Read more

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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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Effects of chewing tobacco compared to smoking?

Effects of chewing tobacco compared to smoking?

Smoking Cessation: #1 same addiction to nicotine, less damage to lungs. #2. Nicotine anonymous #3 I have had success treating people in recovery from nicotine addiction using the patch. Decrease the dose very gradually, making reductions every two weeks or longer, to increase the likelihood of staying stopped. This works bests if done in combination with #2. ...Read more

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What are the effects of passive smoking of cannabis?

What are the effects of passive smoking of cannabis?

We know more about: The carcinogens in tobacco products, and its addictive substance, nicotine, than the toxins in smoked cannabis, and its psychologically addictive substance tetrahydrocannabinol. I would not view it as "safer", just less well studied and understood. ...Read more

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What are the risk of smoking synthetic marijuana?

Very bad risk: Risks include psychosis with hallucinations, agitation, and paranoia. Spice can increase heart rate and blood pressure -- & can reduce blood supply to the heart. In some cases it has caused heart attack. Synthetic marijuana contains unidentified herbal material sprayed with unquantified amounts of a substance that mimics thc. So, you don't know what you're getting. Can be highly addictive too. ...Read more

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What defines nicotine addiction?

Nicotine Addiction: Is continued use inspite of health consequences, social or financial restraints. ...Read more