Addictions

Hookah, Light or Filtered Cigarette: no Low Nicotine and Tar; have Same Risk

Hookah, Light or Filtered Cigarette: no Low Nicotine and Tar; have Same Risk Historically, the tobacco companies' so-called new and "safer" products, such as "low tar and nicotine" and filtered cigarettes, have done little to protect the consumer because they simply encourage smokers to smoke more often or inhale more deeply to satisfy their cravings for nicotine. The majority of smokers don’t know the facts about what’s in their cigarettes and how these ingredients may...

Caffeine Addiction: Supportive Evidence and Consequences

Caffeine Addiction: Supportive Evidence and Consequences Caffeine found in tea, coffee, mate, cola beverages, cocoas and chocolate products is an integral product of the diet of many people. It is the most widely used psychoactive substance and has been considered occasionally as a drug of abuse. Caffeine is a behavioral stimulant consumed on a worldwide basis. The question of whether caffeine is addictive has been debated for over a decade. Caffeine...

Protect your Teen from Methamphetamine or Yaba Like Drug Addiction

Protect your Teen from Methamphetamine or Yaba Like Drug Addiction Methamphetamine use has become a major health care problem in the US, with Hawaii leading the nation in methamphetamine use. Crystal methamphetamine is a freebase form of amphetamine and is the vapor (smoke) form. Methamphetamine, like cocaine, is a potent stimulator of the central nervous system that induces the feeling of euphoria, increases alertness, reduces fatigue, intensifies emotions,...

Anti-Smoking Vaccine Effectively may Prevent Relapse in Smokers

Anti-Smoking Vaccine Effectively may Prevent Relapse in Smokers It is hard to stop smoking, but you can do it! About 46.5 million Americans have quit smoking for good, and now there are more former smokers than current smokers. Maybe you've tried the nicotine patch or chewed nicotine gum. Maybe you've even tried the old-fashioned method and gone cold turkey, but you still keep lighting up. Quitting smoking is tough, but Anti-smoking vaccine could be another...

Cocaine Impairs Brain Cell

Cocaine Impairs Brain Cell A common myth is that cocaine is not addictive because it lacks the physical withdrawal symptoms seen in alcohol or heroin addiction. Cocaine has powerful psychological addictive properties. As more than one user has reflected, "If it is not addictive, then why can't I stop?" The trend in drug abuse in the United States is presently multiple or polydrug abuse, and cocaine is no exception. Cocaine...

European Commission has Approved Anti-Smoking Pill

European Commission has Approved Anti-Smoking Pill About 25% of all American adults (46.3 million people) smoke. This number has remained constant for several years despite government efforts through Healthy People 2000 and Healthy People 2010 to lower those percentages. Slightly more men (28.1%) smoke than women (23.5%). Hispanics (20.4%) smoke less than whites (25.3%) or African Americans (26.7%). Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of...

Smokers May Have Link to Higher Risk of HIV

Smokers May Have Link to Higher Risk of Hiv Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of death and illness among Americans. Every year, roughly 430,000 Americans die from illnesses caused by tobacco use, accounting for one fifth of all deaths. Tobacco use costs the nation about $100 billion each year in direct medical expense and lost productivity. About 25% of all American adults (46.3 million people) smoke. This number has remained...

Researchers Set a Standard Level of Alcohol

Researchers set A Standard Level of Alcohol Substance use disorders are the major public health problem facing many countries. In the United States today, more than 15 million Americans are estimated to suffer from alcoholism. "The most common substance of abuse/dependence in patients presenting for treatment is alcohol.In the United Kingdom, the number of 'dependent drinkers' was calculated as over 2.8 million in 2001. It is not possible...

Effect of Parents Smoking over Children may Harm Reproductive Ability in Adulthood

Effect of Parents Smoking over Children may Harm Reproductive Ability in Adultho About 59 percent of American children ages 4–11 are exposed to secondhand smoke at home. Studies have shown that children (especially infants) of parents who smoke have more lung illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can develop asthma. And because smoking parents are more likely to cough and spread germs, their children are more likely to develop chest illnesses. Exposure to tobacco...

Cigarette Nicotine Levels Rise 10% over 6 Years

Cigarette Nicotine Levels Rise 10% over 6 Years Even as measures to discourage smoking grew more stringent in recent years, the nicotine content of cigarettes rose, according to a new report, making it tougher for smokers to quit. Nicotine levels in U.S. cigarettes have increased about 10 percent since 1998, making it easier for people to get addicted and harder for smokers to quit, according to a Massachusetts Department of Health report...

Sask. Scientists Test Way to Reduce Lure of Addictive Drugs

Sask. Scientists test way to reduce lure of addictive drugs Researchers in Saskatchewan have discovered a way to block a pathway in the brain's pleasure receptors that are involved in drug addiction. The team hopes the findings will lead to a universal therapy that works regardless of what drug an addict abuses. Many drugs of abuse exert their rewarding effects on the brain's ventral tegmental area. So far, Canadian scientists have found a peptide that...

Workplace Exposure to Secondhand Smoking May Harm Seriously

Workplace Exposure to Secondhand Smoking May Harm Seriously In January 1993 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared environmental tobacco smoke (also called ETS, secondhand smoke or passive smoke) a known human carcinogen.The amount of risk you have depends on a number of factors. These factors include tobacco use, lifestyle choices (such as diet and exercise), family history, and factors in your workplace and environment. After years of...

Reason to Quit Smoking: Pharmacological Aspect

Reason to Quit Smoking: Pharmacological Aspect Nicotine appears to be the only pharmacologically active substance in tobacco smoke, apart from carcinogenic tars and carbon monoxide. EFFECTS ON THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: The central effect of nicotine is complex and cannot be summed up overall simply in terms of stimulation or inhibition. At the cellular level, nicotine cause neuronal excitation by opening ion channels, exactly as it does in...

New Cause of Alcohol Dependence /Craving in Our Body

New Cause of Alcohol Dependence /Craving in Our Body Public health problems associated with alcohol consumption have reached alarming proportions, and alcohol has become one of the most important risks to health globally.In 2000 alcohol use was responsible for 4.0% of global disease burden, slightly less than the damage caused to society by tobacco use (4.1%) and high blood pressure (4.4%). In developed countries it is responsible for 9.2% of all...

Smoker's Diet May Help Quit Smoking by Worsening Taste Sensory

Smoker's Diet May Help Quit Smoking by Worsening Taste Sensory The Pan American Health Organization is involved in tobacco control activities because tobacco has been defined as the number one preventable disease in the Region, causing more deaths than AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse, traffic accidents and violence combined. Tobacco kills approximately 3 million people a year in the world (7% of all deaths) and, if current trends continue, this figure will rise...