What is Tobacco?

Tobacco is a green, leafy plant that is cultivated throughout the world to be sold for various purposes. When tobacco is picked, it is dried,  and ground up it can be used in many different ways. Typically Tobacco is smoked in a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. It can also be chewed, this is called smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco. Tobacco can even be sniffed through the nose, this is known as called snuff.

Nicotine in Tobacco

Tobacco contains more than 4,000 chemicals. This is the chemical that makes tobacco so addicting, causing many to develop smoking, chewing or snuff habits. Once the tobacco is smoked, chewed, or sniffed the nicotine goes into the users bloodstream. The body craves more shortly after, causing the user to smoke, chew or sniff again. The nicotine found within tobacco makes it one of the most addictive drugs known to main. Millions of people work wide are addicted to tobacco because of this high addictive stimulant chemical, nicotine. It speeds up the nervous system, increasing the users energy, increases heart beat and blood pressure, while relaxing the individual.

Tobacco Use

Tobacco has been used in all areas of the world throughout history. It is one of the most addictive drugs known to man. After its first use the body begins to develop a tolerance, require more to experience its pleasurable effects. The nicotine within the drug alters the body in a way that it craves more. While the individual becomes energized from tobaccos stimulant properties they also begin to relax, anexity is reduced and the individual is able to focus.

Regular use of tobacco, whether it is smoked, chewed or sniffed, can put the user at risk of developing a psychical and psychological dependency. Their thoughts and actions are consumed around tobacco use. They are overwhelmed by cravings. When abruptly stopping its use they are overwhelmed by symptoms of withdrawal, which often sends them back to tobacco for comfort.

Signs of Tobacco Addiction

  • Uncontrollable urge to use tobacco
  • Cravings
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Thoughts and actions consumed by Tobacco use
  • Unable to concentrate without Tobacco
  • Difficulty when stopping tobacco use

Symptoms of Tobacco Withdrawal

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Falling heart rate and blood pressure
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, and insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased hunger and caloric intake
  • Increased desire for the taste of sweets
  • Tobacco cravings

 

Tobacco Addiction Treatment

Tobacco addiction is one of the most difficult addiction to over come. Millions of people around the world have tried to quit smoking cold turkey, some were successful but others quickly relapsed. This is why there is a large market for nicotine replacement therapy products. Patients looking to quit tobacco can use products such as nicotine patches, gums, inhalants, as well as prescribed medication to alter the brains chemicals to not wanting nicotine any longer. Hypnosis has too be successful in the treatment of tobacco addiction.

Regardless to the number of year an tobacco addict has quit they are at great risk of relapse. They need to carefully maintain their addiction so that they do not return to tobacco use long term.