TOBACCO AND VAPING
Tobacco is a plant that is grown for its leaves, which are dried and fermented before being used in tobacco products. Nicotine is an ingredient in tobacco that can lead to addiction, making it difficult for people to quit. This challenge is addressed in tobacco addiction treatment programs like those offered by Achieve Whole Recovery. There are also many other potentially harmful chemicals found in tobacco or created by burning it. Tobacco can be used in different ways, such as smoking, chewing, or sniffing. When a person uses tobacco, nicotine quickly enters the bloodstream and stimulates the adrenal glands, which release adrenaline. This hormone stimulates the central nervous system, raising blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. Nicotine also activates the brain’s reward circuits, increasing dopamine levels, reinforcing addictive behaviors. Other chemicals in tobacco smoke, such as acetaldehyde, may enhance nicotine’s effects on the brain. This is where tobacco addiction treatments, provided by Achieve Whole Recovery, play a crucial role in assisting individuals looking to quit.
Tobacco use is associated with many health risks, including lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, other cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, and pneumonia. The majority of these risks are caused by chemicals other than nicotine, which is the addictive substance in tobacco. Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of cancer, particularly mouth cancers. Smoking while pregnant can result in miscarriage, stillborn or premature infants, or infants with low birth weight, and may lead to learning and behavioral problems in exposed children. Secondhand smoke from burning tobacco products or exhaled by smokers can cause lung cancer, heart disease, coughing, phlegm, reduced lung function, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of ear infections, severe asthma, lung infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Electronic cigarettes, a modern form of nicotine intake, are marketed as safer but have unknown long-term effects. They are a topic of concern in vaping addiction recovery discussions.
Nicotine is a toxic substance, and overdose is possible although rare. Overdose occurs when someone takes too much of a drug and experiences severe, harmful symptoms, or death. Effective tobacco addiction treatment includes strategies to manage both the physical and psychological aspects of nicotine dependence. Nicotine poisoning usually happens in children who accidentally ingest nicotine gum or patches or swallow e-cigarette liquid. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, vomiting, fainting, headache, weakness, and changes in heart rate. If anyone suspects that a child or adult may have nicotine poisoning, they should seek immediate medical assistance.
The FDA’s reports of serious lung illnesses linked to vaping, including deaths, underscore the importance of tobacco addiction treatments and vaping addiction recovery programs. These illnesses are being investigated for their connection to THC and nicotine vaping products. They are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the cause of these illnesses. Many of the suspect products tested by the states or federal health officials have been identified as vaping products containing THC, the main psychotropic ingredient in marijuana. Some of the patients reported a mixture of THC and nicotine, while others reported vaping nicotine alone. There is no evidence yet that one single compound is the cause of the illnesses. The FDA advises people not to use any vaping products bought on the street and warns against modifying any products purchased in stores. They also encourage people and healthcare professionals to report any adverse effects, and the CDC has posted an information page for consumers.
Smoking cessation can be achieved through both behavioral treatments and medications, but combining both methods proves to be more effective. Achieve Whole Recovery’s approach to tobacco addiction treatment in Denver emphasizes a blend of medical and behavioral therapies to aid cessation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a national toll-free quit line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which provides information and support for those seeking to quit smoking. The FDA has implemented regulations that apply to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and their liquids, cigars, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco, and restricts their sale to minors. Behavioral treatments teach people to recognize and manage high-risk situations, while nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) deliver a controlled dose of nicotine to ease withdrawal symptoms while quitting. FDA-approved NRT products include chewing gum, patches, nasal sprays, inhalers, and lozenges. Non-nicotine medications like Bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline (Chantix®) target nicotine receptors in the brain to ease withdrawal symptoms and block the effects of nicotine if people start smoking again. Behavioral treatments and nicotine replacement therapies, part of the comprehensive tobacco addiction treatments at Achieve Whole Recovery, aid in managing withdrawal symptoms. FDA-approved NRT products like gum, patches, and nasal sprays, along with non-nicotine medications, are used to ease withdrawal and prevent relapse, integral to vaping addiction recovery.
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