Tobacco

 

Tobacco contains the drug nicotine. Tobacco comes in the form of dip, chewing tobacco, cigarettes and cigars. It is classified as a stimulant. However, many users, especially smokers, confuse it as a depressant because of the relaxing simulation they experience. Tobacco is attributed to about 440,000 early preventable deaths every year, which are about 1,200 deaths every day. Most people think of lung cancer, but other reasons include heart failure, stroke, blood clot(s), emphysema, COPD, pneumonia, respiratory infections, and other forms of cancer.

Nicotine is one of the most potent and addictive substances on the planet. One pure drop of nicotine injected directly into the bloodstream would cause almost instant death. The addiction is powerful and also forms very quickly. A person can become addicted to nicotine as quickly as 4 days. Nicotine ‘fits’ (withdrawal) are an indicator that addiction has set in, which is what happens when the user is unable to access tobacco for a period of time. People plan their schedules and even have worked certain jobs to cater to their nicotine addiction. Many studies also demonstrate that a tobacco habit also greatly influences the prospect of relationships. Many people that are addicted to nicotine as well as other drugs that enter an addiction treatment program, say that it is the hardest to quit nicotine use when compared to the other drug.

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