Tobacco & Nicotine
An estimated 46.5 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes even though this single behavior will result in death or disability for half of all regular users. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths each year, or one in every five deaths. Additionally, if current patterns of smoking persist, over 5 million people currently younger than 18 will die prematurely from a tobacco-related disease. Source: CDC
Nicotine found in cigarettes and chewing tobacco is absorbed through the skin and mucosal lining of the mouth and nose or by inhalation into the lungs. Cigarette smoking, for example, results in rapid distribution of nicotine throughout the body, reaching the brain within 10 seconds of inhalation. Smokeless tobacco, cigar and pipe smokers, on the other hand, typically do not inhale the smoke, so nicotine is absorbed more slowly through the membranes of the mouth.
A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is lit. Thus, a person who smokes about 1-1/2 packs (30 cigarettes) daily, gets 300 “hits” of nicotine to the brain each day. These factors contribute considerably to nicotine’s highly addictive nature.
Smoking tobacco is the chief avoidable cause of death in our society. Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to contract heart disease, in addition to lung, larynx, esophageal, bladder, pancreatic, and kidney cancers. Chronic, obstructive lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis are 10 times more likely to occur among smokers than among nonsmokers.
When individuals stop smoking they may experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, nervousness, and difficulty concentrating. At TLC (The Luminous Care) we offer a comprehensive plan to fight tobacco and nicotine addiction with a combination of counseling, medication, and various therapies to ensure recovery.