Module 43 - 19:47 The death rate will soon be 10 million...

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19:47 The death rate will soon be 10 million annually due to smoking (1/2 billion per day) Eliminating smoking would increase life expectancy more than any other preventative measure Nonsmokers live healthier and happier Smoking correlates with higher rates of depression, chronic disabilities, and divorce Smoking is a pediatric disease Usually begins in early adolescence and is especially common among those who get low grades, drop out of school, who feel less competent and in control of their future, and whose friends, parents, and siblings smoke We learn behaviors through imitation, which largely explains an adolescent’s vulnerability to the allure of smoking Adolescents are self-conscious and often think the world is watching their every move….may begin smoking to imitate cool models, to get the social reward of being accepted by other smokers, and to project a mature image Tobacco is as addictive as heroin and cocaine Smokers become dependent and develops tolerance, eventually needing larger and larger doses to get the same effect Quitting causes nicotine-withdrawal symptoms, including craving, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability Nicotine stimulates the central nervous system to release neurotransmitters that calm anxiety and reduce sensitivity to pain Genes influence one’s propensity to cigarette addiction Smoking… Arouses the brain to a state of increased alertness Increases heart rate and blood pressure
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Maas during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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