Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse and by long-lasting chemical and molecular changes in the brain. The effects of addiction are realistically harmful to everyone whether you are using the drug directly or not. We spoke to doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center about this scourge and she is going to be very helpful to us in understanding the deadly effects of tobacco addiction in our societies and individual lives. She says that even though tobacco is one of the most heavily and widely used addictive products across the globe, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that in the United States in particular the usage is overwhelmingly worrying and unless something is done we may not have a productive society to live in in the future. We are therefore going to use the US as a point of reference throughout this discussion to put the effects of addiction into perspective. In that regard NIDA has establishes from their research findings that in 2004 alone it is estimated that up to 70.3 million people used tobacco at least once in the month before being interviewed. That was more than a quarter of the U.S. population aged 12 and older. In other words all our teenagers are introduced to cigarette smoking at very tender age and this is not good for the society. That is why we the professionals at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, have deliberately resolve to be on the front lane in fighting drug addiction because we understand the consequences very well. We will use this media among other platforms to propagate the most valuable health information about the dangers of abusing drugs irrespective of whether the drug in question is illegal or legalized. We are actually disturbed by the legalized once since they are use freely yet they are causing more harm than good to their users and that is why we want to focus our discussion on the understanding the deadly effects of tobacco addiction in our lives progressively.
We have said time and again in our previous postings that nicotine is the main ingredient in tobacco that causes addiction. And for sure various research findings have established that nicotine activates the parts of the brain that control feelings of pleasure. Nicotine works fast. Drug levels peak within 10 seconds of inhalation nonetheless it is equally important to appreciate that cigar and pipe smokers and smokeless tobacco users absorb nicotine more slowly but this does not in any way reduce their effects on users’ lives. Doctor Dalal Akoury explains that even though the effects of nicotine will disappear within a few minutes, all addicts to cigarette will continue to use the substance more and more to keep feeling good, it therefore means that a smoker will most likely take another puff or lights another cigarette to sustain the effect thereby motivating the addictiveness of the substance.
Smoking is very dangerous and it harms literally every organ in the body. It is no wonder cigarette smoking accounts for about one-third of all cancer deaths, including those from lung cancer. And in fact doctor Akoury reports that, cigarette smoking has since been linked to about 90 percent of all lung cancer cases. This is according to various studies which have established that smoking increases the risk of heart disease. The most disturbing fact is that smokers while “enjoying their habit” ends up harming others in the process as well as themselves through secondhand smoke. We will be discussing this as we progress into the discussion so stay on the link and be informed appropriately.
According to the Monitoring the Future Survey for 2005, cigarette smoking among students is at the lowest levels in the history of the survey. Since 1975 the survey has measured drug, alcohol, cigarette use, and related attitudes among students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades nationwide. This is quit an irony but nonetheless the decrease in use corresponds to a continuous increase in the number of teens who believe there are “great” health risks from cigarette smoking. Doctor Akoury says that while this is good news, research suggests that teens who do use tobacco are more likely than adults to become addicted. Even occasional smoking can result in tobacco addiction in some teens. In animal research, investigators have shown adolescents to be more susceptible to the effects of nicotine than adults.
There is a wise saying in our community that the young one of a snake is actually a snake, it means that when bitten by an adult snake the dangers of the venom will be as dangerous when bitten by their young once. Therefore when we talk about secondhand smoke, the real danger doesn’t change. Remember that cigarette smoke contains thousands of dangerous chemicals that are unhealthy for both smokers and nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke therefore refers to the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by smokers. And since the US harbors most smokers according to NIDA findings, it won’t surprise you to note that more than 126 million Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke at different places including at home, at work, and in enclosed public spaces or social places. The following are some of the deadly effects of secondhand smoke:
- Secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time increases risk for those diseases.
- Children and infants are especially vulnerable to the poisons in secondhand smoke. Almost 3 million children in the United States under the age of six breathe secondhand smoke at home at least four days per week.
- Secondhand smoke is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children.
- Secondhand smoke in the home environment can slow the lung growth of exposed children. Older children whose parents smoke get bronchitis and pneumonia more often than the children of nonsmokers.
- Wheezing and coughing are also more common in children who breathe secondhand smoke.
Finally and with the information already discussed above, it is only fair that when faced with the challenge of smoking and you are wondering how to go about it, we want to bring the good news to you that help is only a phone call away. You can reach out to doctor Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule for an appointment for the commencement of your treatment process.