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How Long Does It Usually Take For Someone To Get Addicted To Tobacco
It varies: While different people have different "affinity" to tobacco, it may take only 1 time for someone to get addicted, whereas others never develop a true one really.See 1 more doctor answer
Can u get addicted to tobacco through 2nd smoking if around for only a couple of minutes at one time?
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Yes: But everyone is at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine and it is one of the hardest habits to kick. Not worth the risk of finding out when you'll get hooked.
Get help stopping: If you are truly motivated to stop, there are many programs that can help. Contact the american lung assocation in your area (1-800-quit-now). Medication treatment and group support are available. For some people, hypnosis and acupuncture are helpful, for others nicotine replacement therapy, buproprion (zyban (bupropion) or wellbutrin) and varenicline (chantix), together with support program, help a lot.
Treat any addiction: By increasing your motivation to change. Keep a log of use pattern, identify consequences, list reasons to change, rate motivation for each reason (0-10) & develop those 8+, build confidence by listing your success in overcoming challenges, describe benefits of change, set goals, develop a plan, measure progress, & work with supportive people & knowledgeable professionals. Search "stop smoking".See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, you can become dependent on second-hand smoke if you are exposed to it regularly. In addition, you can become dependent on smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco (dip, chew) can cause cancer of the mouth, decay in exposed tooth roots. It may also cause pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Very quickly: Because smokeless tobacco is held between the cheek and gum it is absorbed very quickly into the blood stream in very high concentrations. It is the difference between alcohol abuse and IV drug use, the latter is more potent and more quickly addictive like smokeless tobacco.
About a day: Nicotine lasts for something north of two hours, but there are breakdown products that can still be measured in blood and urine for about a day. However, this is for a single exposure to nicotine. If you are chewing or using ecigarettes in high amounts, it can take as long as four days to fully clear from blood and urine.
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a person may have predisposing factors that could lead to cancer with shorter exposure. Since you can't know for sure, why risk it? If you dip, quit right away. If you don't, stay that way. Spittin' in a can is kind of nasty anyways....Ugh.
Please explain if it is the tobacco or what they add to it that gives you the cancer and how long would it take you to get cancer from smoking?
It's the tobacco: The products of combustion include chemicals that wreck havoc on the genes. After 15 pack-years, your risk is much higher than other folks and doesn't return to baseline for a few decades. More important, you've become a slave to an addiction that now carries a serious stigma in the civilized world. I can't promise you cancer, but it will take your wind away both now and as you get older.
varies, but do quit: Tooth decay and gum disease are related to smokeless tobacco use but are not directly caused by it. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of gums and surrounding support structures of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor hygiene and can be influenced by many other factors such as tobacco use. Tooth decay has a similar cause. Having good hygiene and eating healthy helps avoid issues.See 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take to get cancer from chewing tobacco? I've been chewing for a year and I'm a hypochondriac about these things.
No set time: Just stop.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?
Unknown: The risk of mouth cancer is increased with tobacco exposure: smoked or chewed. How long it takes is not easy to answer. The risk does diminish over time with cessation of tobacco exposure. It is recommended that all tobacco exposure be stopped. This sometimes requires professional help and counselling.See 1 more doctor answer
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