Toward A Tobacco Free Society

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Toward A Tobacco-Free Society
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Why Do People Smoke Tobacco? What is the History of Tobacco Smoking? What are the Short-Term and Long-Term Health Risks of Tobacco Use? How Does Environmental Smoke Affect Nonsmokers? What are Some Methods to Stop Using Tobacco?
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When Did Tobacco Use Begin? Ancient Mayans –1000 BC were believed to use the tobacco plant for chewing and smoking. The first European smoker was in 1452 AD.
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Leading Health Indicator Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Smoking results in more deaths each year in the United States than AIDS, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, motor vehicle crashes, and fires— combined .
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Leading Causes of Death In 1997
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What Kind of Drug is Nicotine? At low doses it acts as a stimulant, at higher doses it acts as a sedative. does not cause a high, but rather, modulates emotions. Stimulates the amplified release of three neurotransmitters: dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
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The Synapse
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Psychological Factors In addition to the physical addiction we know to be associated w/ tobacco use, there are also social forces which help maintain the habit. Smoking a with a cup of coffee or after dinner or as a break or “reward” for studying. These are all considered secondary reinforcers.
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Genetic Factors Genes play a role in your decision to become a smoker. One gene identified-which actually prevents a person from smoking- is CYP2A6 CYP2A6 causes slow metabolism of nicotine; it stays in bloodstream longer causing nausea and dizziness when the person first experiences cigarette smoke. Hence, they are less likely to have a good experience, less likely to continue to behavior.
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Why Continue? Pleasure Dependence
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Who Uses Tobacco? RESEARCH SAYS: that a child or adolescent will be more likely to use tobacco if: A. Parent or sibling uses tobacco**** B. Child comes from a poor family C. Family is headed by a Single-Parent D. Child performs poorly in school These are strongest factors…. others present.
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Tobacco Leukoplakia- a condition characterized by leathery white patches inside the mouth produced by contact with irritants in tobacco juice. Between 3 and 17% of diagnosed
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