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Why Is Tobacco Habit Forming
Nicotine: Most of tobacco dependency happens because nicotine is a dependency-producing chemical, causing tolerance (the same amount does less) and withdrawal when stopped. It is also habit-forming because someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day is taking over 400 puffs per day - 400 "fixes" of nicotine. Anything done that regularly, that often, is reinforcing psychologically, as well as physically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dopamine: Dopamine is the main pleasure chemical in the brain, basically all drugs that can be addictive raise Dopamine levels in the brain including nicotine. Dopamine levels go up, feel good, levels go down feel bad. With addiction it takes more drug such as nicotine to raise levels with time and levels of Dopamine run out quicker. Thus more drug is needed, more frequently to get the Dopamine boost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Valium: Yes absolutely if its used inappropriately for the wrong reasons and indefinitely. ...Read more
Depends : It is a bad habit if it interferes with your life, it makes you uncomfortable, others who care about you express concerns, you cannot stop. Otherwise it is just a way to pass the time. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In many ways: Chewing tobacco is harmful in so many ways i can't even begin. First of all it is carcinogenic and absorption of the chemicals into your bloodstream can harm the fetus directly in terms of growth. The nicotine is also extremely harmful to you in the pregnancy and your fetus. If you are pregnant and chew tobacco you are risking your health and your babies. ...Read more
Many many things: but predominantly hundreds of organic compounds collectively known as "tars," which are aromatic hydrocarbons that are largely responsible for the inflammatory nature of smoking consequences, including bronchitis and emphysema, and its propensity to cause cancers. In addition, there is carbon monoxide and formaldehyde in the smoke, and hundreds of other compounds of unknown safety in humans. ...Read more
Carcinogens: There are chemicals that have a bone fide likelihood of actually giving you cancer. While any chemical can be made to "cause cancer" in lab animals at ridiculous doses (this is a staple of "environmentalist" junk science), I'm afraid that the warnings against chewing tobacco are real. If this is a step-down to help stop smoking, great. If not, please don't chew. You don't want to die like PhotoGuy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: On what you are most addicted to. Most addicts find that they have a "drug of choice", and that is the one that is the hardest to quit. ...Read more
Is smoking marijuana alkaline or acid forming. What does smoking marijuana do for a sinus cancer?
Whoa: Everything you read online about "acid-forming" and "alkaline-forming" is pseudoscientific fantasy. Ignore it. If you have a sinus cancer, you need to get it removed definitively, and keep in mind that the remaining epithelium probably bears a few field-change mutations that predispose to your getting it again. Smoke's a likely risk factor. How about just getting high on life's beauty? ...Read more
Trying to quit smoking by using a smoke-free vaporizer tho it has nicotine.Its helping but how safe is it? Is it the same as regular smoking tobacco?
Using e-cigarettes to get over chewing tobacco habit--are there any known health risks for e-cigs? Is nicotine in itself harmful to the brai
Not good: E-cigs are not regulated, and some have been found to contain carcinogens and toxins (such as formaldehyde) when tested. Many are produced overseas and are an unknown risk to your health. That being said cigarettes are not good either. I would advise seeing a doctor to try a medication like chantix. The body contains nicotine receptors, and should not be harmful to the brain. ...Read more
Pick your poison.: All are addictive and usually have physical addictions as well a psychological components. There is no way to score one higher than another. Just pick one and start from there. Talk to your family doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Marijuana and low testosterone: the two go hand in hand. Yes, marijuana is a "herb". Yes, marijuana is a "natural plant". However, none of that is going to change the fact that marijuana is a one way ticket to low testosterone, erectile dysfunction and fertility problems. The political debate regarding marijuana may be interesting, but the research shows it to be debilitating and harmful. ...Read more
Doesn't cause cancer: Nicotine is the cause of the dependency that develops from tobacco-containing products, but it is the "tars, " complex organic molecules that are the carcinogens, and may either cause or promote cancer growth in different kinds of organs, including mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, lung, breast and elsewhere. ...Read more
I have already quited chewing tobacco.If there is still same risk of oral cancer?If it is developing than can it be stopped by quitting tobacco?
Good to quit.: You will still have a risk of developing oral cancer, but it goes down the longer you are free of using chewing tobacco, smoking and heavy drinking. If you stay away from these your risk will go down to that of a non-user of these after 20 years or so. But you have done the first, most important step by quitting, and with regular visits to your doctor, should have little/no trouble from this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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