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How long does it usually take for someone to get addicted to tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Nicotine Addiction (Definition)

Nicotine addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need ...Read more


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How do you get addicted to tobacco early on?

How do you get addicted to tobacco early on?

Tobacco addiction: Most probably start smoking due to peer pressure & tobacco company advertising that used to portray how "cool" smoking is. Cigarettes also contain chemicals to enhance the absorption of nicotine. ...Read more

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Can u get addicted to tobacco through 2nd smoking if around for only a couple of minutes at one time?

Can u get addicted to tobacco through 2nd smoking if around for only a couple of minutes at one time?

I don't believe so: The addicitve quality of the cigarette is based on the nicotine and most of this is filtered out in the lungs of the person smoking it. I was around more of it than i wanted as a child and i didn't turn out addicted to it--can't stand it. ...Read more

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Do different people become addicted to tobacco at different rates?

Do different people become addicted to tobacco at different rates?

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. ...Read more

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Are you less addicted to tobacco if you use smokeless tobacco?

Are you less addicted to tobacco if you use smokeless tobacco?

Tobacco Addiction: The addiction to chewing tobacco and smoking tobacco is to the same chemical, mainly nicotine. The nicotine from either source acts on the same pathways of the brain regardless of how it enters the body. Both forms of tobacco use cause cancer and take many lives each year. ...Read more

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Addicted to tobacco, what to do?

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. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to tobacco! need help?

I'm addicted to tobacco! need help?

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". ...Read more

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Is it possible to be addicted to tobacco but not smoke?

Is it possible to be addicted to tobacco but not smoke?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get addicted to smokeless tobacco?

How long does it take to get addicted to smokeless tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get smokeless tobacco out of my system?

How long does it take to get smokeless tobacco out of my system?

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. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take to get cancer from dipping tobacco?

Help please? How long does it take to get cancer from dipping tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get gum decay from smokeless tobacco?

How long does it take to get gum decay from smokeless tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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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.

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.

You know the cure: How fortunate you are -- you know how to cure yourself of worry! simply stop chewing tobacco since you realize it can cause oral cancer. There is no definitive time limit on this, but you can certainly prevent it from now on. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?

No: There is no known, calculated number for the time required to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco. However, using smokeless tobacco greatly increases the risk of developing oral cancer. It would be in your best interest to discontinue using chewing tobacco! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

Varies: Oral cancer has developed in teen agers from use of oral tobacco. Usually it takes many years. It is a very bad idea to use tobacco in any form. The sooner you quit the better. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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