Understanding the Uses and Forms of Tobacco
Tobacco, especially smoking tobacco, is and always has been a hot-button topic. Non-smokers hate cigarettes with a passion for their pervasive smoke, lingering smell and overall generally distasteful effects. Smokers defend their right to smoke just as passionately, and have a strong dislike for being told what they can and cannot do to their own bodies, especially when their choice to consume tobacco products is a completely legal one. However, sometimes people simply don’t understand what smoking tobacco is, or does to their bodies; it’s even worse when it’s a pre-teenager or teen whose choice to smoke stems directly from a need to look cool or fit in, without fully understanding the ramifications of that choice. If you or someone you love is addicted to smoking tobacco, or you suspect they are, it’s important to understand the uses and forms of tobacco, so you know what to look for when search for a way to get them on the road to rehabilitation.
Types of Tobacco
Although not an illicit drug, tobacco is nonetheless an addictive drug has a few different types. It is important to note that no one type of tobacco is healthier, or less harmful, addictive or potent than any other.
- Smokeless tobacco – includes snuff and chewing tobacco
- Smoking tobacco – includes cigarettes and pipe tobacco
Tobacco in all of its forms contains nicotine, which is an addictive drug. The different forms of use of tobacco can each, in their own way, cause various types of cancers, heart and lung illnesses and a myriad of other health issues, especially with long-term, continued use.
Common Uses of Tobacco
Tobacco can be ingested, as stated before, either in smokeless or smoking form. There are many different flavors and types; despite their often misleading names, the terms ‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘full’ refer not to the tobacco or nicotine content, but rather the intensity of the flavor of the cigarette.
- Chewing tobacco – a coarse cut, moist tobacco meant to be tucked into the lip, where nicotine is absorbed into the gums, chew comes in many flavors including cherry, mint, wintergreen and bourbon. Common long term effects of chewing tobacco use include stained teeth, bad breath, chronic dry mouth and a spitting habit
- Snuff – a finely ground, dry tobacco, snuff is generally pinched between the fingers and inhaled through the nose. Common effects of snuff are red nose, continuous or frequent sneezing and sensitivity to allergies and sinus problems
- Cigarettes and pipe tobacco – a dry, coarse cut tobacco meant to be set alight and the resultant smoke inhale, cigarettes and pipe tobacco can be flavored with menthol, cherry and left plain in full, medium and light flavor profiles. Common long term effects of smoking tobacco include coughing, wheezing, dry or scratchy throat, hoarse voice, stained teeth, bad breath and sensitivity to cold or illness
What to Listen For…
If someone you suspect a loved one of having a serious addiction to tobacco in any form, there are several key words you can listen for to find out what they’re doing.
If you or someone you know is addicted to tobacco use, it’s not too late to turn the tide. There are many rehabilitation treatments and programs in place to help users make the change and get on the road to a clean, healthy tobacco free life.
Find the tobacco detox program that’s right for you, contact our Detox Facility addiction professionals at 1855-Detox-00, where we are available 24 hours a day, or by filling out the contact form above.