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Why is tobacco habit forming?

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 more

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Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more


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How can I quit my tobacco habit?

How can I quit my tobacco habit?

Smoking cessation: I recommend chantix, start at least 2 weeks before the day you decide you want to quit smoking. Tell people you are quitting, and when. Change your routines. Get rid of everything that reminds you of smoking (lighters, ashtrays) make your home "nonsmoking" so if you do smoke it is as inconvenient as possible. Stay in the moment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been smoking weed and tobacco for the past 2 years . Help me to quit and advice me on my eating habbits and exercising.I don't exercise at all?

Been smoking weed and tobacco for the past 2 years . Help me to quit and advice me on my eating habbits and exercising.I don't exercise at all?

Complex problems: You list several complex problems, all of which can adversely affect your health. Your first step is to get yourself a primary care physician and a thorough health evaluation. Tell the doctor what you want help with (these things above). Step by step, you can begin working on them. The doctor may have access to health coaches, nutritionists, therapists, & physical trainers who can collaborate. ...Read more

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I have habit of eating my skin inside mouth .I've been doing it since 5 years .I smoke weed and tobacco .Will this be a problem to my mouth ?

I have habit of eating my skin inside mouth .I've been doing it since 5 years .I smoke weed and tobacco .Will this be a problem to my mouth ?

Tobacco always: If you have open sores in your mouth, then your risks for many things are greater. It is a habit worth talking with someone about changing. As for weed and tobacco, all I can say is that tobacco is always a problem to your mouth, sores or not. You may be able to address both of these issues with your doctor or a behavioral therapist. ...Read more

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How to left chewing tobacco habit ? Should I use nicotine gum for few days ?

How to left chewing tobacco habit ? Should I use nicotine gum for few days ?

Quiting: It is often helpful to use a supplement such as gum or a patch to quit. check with a provider to make sure it is a good fit. Course for gum is often 10-12 weeks, patches 6-10 weeks. I also suggest that you prepare to manage cravings. This can be done through distraction/activities, setting goals and reminding yourself of those goals, and "riding" the craving out - they do pass. Be well. ...Read more

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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

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

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I have to undergo gynecomastia. I stopped smoking tobacco for a month. Do i still have to tell my anesthesiologist about my habit in the past?

I have to undergo gynecomastia. I stopped smoking tobacco for a month. Do    
i still have to tell my anesthesiologist about my habit in the past?

Yes : In order to achieve the best care possible, it is in your best interests to make sure that all of your physicians know about your past and current medical history and habits. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had a white patch on my bottom lip for some time. I smoke hookah tobacco but i also bite my bottom lip out of habit. Is this cancer or biting?

I have had a white patch on my bottom lip for some time. I smoke hookah tobacco but i also bite my bottom lip out of habit. Is this cancer or biting?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I got habit of chronic nervous cheek biting for years now. I get ulcers now then. Can I get cancer too? My dad had oral ca he died from tobacco chewin

I got habit of chronic nervous cheek biting for years now. I get ulcers now then. Can I get cancer too? My dad had oral ca he died from tobacco chewin

Cheek Biting: Good evening; Continued biting of the cheek will cause pain, irritation and ulcers; however, cancer will not occur. You may have a very tender cheek, and require oral topical gels. Try to develop a technique where by you gently pull on you cheek in an outward manner, before bringing your teeth together. Tobacco chewing is entirely different- chewin tobacco may lead to oral carcinoma. ...Read more