What is it/ definition?
Chewing tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer and a 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and oesophageal cancer than cigarette users.
The most common way to take tobacco. In 2012, $9.17 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes—more than $25 million every day, or more than $1 million every hour.
Snuff (sniffing tobacco)
This type of tobacco increases the risk of a fatal heart attack because nicotine is known to affect the way the cardiovascular system works.
The History of Tobacco
Tobacco was first grown by American Indians around 600-900 AD, before the Europeans came from England, Spain, France, and Italy to North America. Native Americans smoked tobacco through a pipe for special religious and medical purposes. They did not smoke every day. Most people at that time grew tobacco as their main source of cash. By the 1800's, many people had begun using small amounts of tobacco. Some chewed it, others smoked it occasionally in a pipe, or they hand-rolled a cigarette or cigar. On average, people smoked about 40 cigarettes a year. The first commercial cigarettes were made in 1865 and sold to soldiers returning from the Civil War.
Cigarette smoking became widespread in 1881 when James Bonsack invented the cigarette making machine that could make up to 120 000 cigarettes a day, the first brand of cigarettes ever was packaged in a box with baseball cards, and were called Duke of Durham.
What are the Long Term and Short Term Effects of Tobacco?
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Reproductive Damage
- Birth Defects
Tobacco kills even more people through heart disease and stroke than it does through cancer.
The short term effects of tobacco are-
When a person smokes a cigarette, the body responds immediately to the chemical nicotine in the smoke. Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and the flow of blood from the heart. It basically makes you really happy for a while and can cause hallucinations but eventually that will stop and you will have an endless craving for more and more.
Video- Tobacco Addiction Story
Why do people choose to use Tobacco?
Why do people choose not to use tobacco?
is tobacco socially acceptable?
how can someone reduce their intake?
- Delay- waiting a few minutes can make the craving go away.
- Distraction- distracting yourself with something like chewing gum or a game can reduce the urge to smoke.
- Don't give in- don't be tempted and tell yourself that you will only have 'just one'.
What are some health services?
- North Coast Area Health Service, they are a public health department, to contact them either visit their website: http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/
- South west healthcare contact them by visiting their website at: