The addictive substance in tobacco, nicotine is absorbed into the lungs through smoking or through the nose through smokeless tobacco. Every day, about 1,000 people under 18 become daily smokers. One in four high school students smoke, of these people 80% will smoke into adulthood. About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit.
Tobacco use during adolescence is associated with several risky behaviors including high-risk sexual behavior, use of alcohol as well as the use of other drugs. Why do young people smoke? Exposure to smoking in movies and advertising along with accessibility and availability of tobacco products contribute to teenager tobacco use.
Other factors include use and approval of tobacco use from peers and siblings, low self-esteem, low social status, smoking by parents and family and a perception that tobacco use is the norm. 45.3 Million adults are regular smokers. 23.1% of men smoke compared to 18.3% of women. Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.
Cancer caused by smoking cigarettes accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths, while smoking causes 80% of lung cancer deaths. Years of life lost by the average smoker for men is 13.2 and for women it is even higher at 14.5. Drug addiction is a complicated topic because it is often misunderstood. While the topic is sometimes misrepresented, it is important to understand the basics to overcome substance abuse or help a loved one.
Learning the basics will set the foundation to find the right tools to combat the problem and start on a drug-free lifestyle. Dependence on a drug develops when the body and mind crave the substance. While the specific symptoms and problems that develop will vary, the first part of the battle is always related to physical dependence.
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