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How many cigarettes does it take to get addicted to tobacco? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 31-May-2013
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User:I know smoking is bad. In terms of how many cigarette, would you consider a person to be addictive to tobacco. Similarly,how many grams of chewing tobacco, would you consider a person to be at risk of tobacco related problems. Also, with respec to medical insurance, what does it mean by Addictive to tobacco, description.
User:r u there?
Doctor:Good afternoon
User:Good afternoon.
Doctor:Is this your current query?
User:Hope you are doing well today.
User:yes, I've put in my query at the beginning of the chat transcript.
Doctor:I am doing well
Doctor:thank you
Doctor:Please give me a moment to read your query
User:Were you able to understand? Or do you want me to explain again?
Doctor:one cigarette delivers 1.2-2.9 mg of nicotine
Doctor:I understood your query
Doctor:Let me tell you few important facts
Doctor:Addiction to nicotine has no standard definition
Doctor:A person is said to be addicted if he develops withdrawal symptoms within few hours of discontinuing nicotine use
Doctor:It does not depend on the number of cigarettes you smoke
Doctor:The typical 1 pack–per-day smoker absorbs 20-40 mg of nicotine each day
Doctor:How many cigarettes do you smoke in a day?
User:I don't smoke. But I chew. If I chew about 3 grams per day, would you consider me as having risk of tobacco
User:I smoke, may be once a month or once in 3 months a couple of cigarettes.
User:I don't drink, no non veg.
Doctor:How long have you been chewing this 3 grams per day dose?
User:May be few years now.
User:Let us say 5 years
Doctor:Definitely, there is risk even with the amount of tobacco that you are using
User:Oh OK.
Doctor:Again there are various factors in this like how long you chew the tobacco for,
Doctor:Use of other toxic products with it
User:Which are other toxic products.
User:I don't drink
User:No Drugs anytime :-)
Doctor:There are various other preservatives and chemicals that are used in the pan or the tobacco which are carcinogenic
Doctor:That is, they may cause cancer
Doctor:There are more than 190 chemicals in the pan that could cause cancer apart from nicotine
User:are there any tests which can asses the amount of risks?
User:Oh Ok.
Doctor:There are no tests to assess the risk in case of pan chewers
User:Say, if I stop immediately, by when will the risk become completely nil. (of course effect of this usage)
User:Like by what time I can be as normal as non users?
Doctor:The risk will come back to normal as a normal person after 20 years
Doctor:This is for Cigarette smokers, the study for pan chewers is not done
User:That is too long .
Doctor:Yes, it is
Doctor:It has been studied and concluded upon
User:Is there anything I can do to nullify the risks, along with stopping the usage of tobacco?
User:like using some kind of diet or some medicines and so on.
Doctor:The only way out is to stop using the tobacco
User:Yeh. I said, along with that.
Doctor:Regular exercises
Doctor:Especially breathing exercises can improve the vital capacity of lungs
Doctor:like pranayama
Doctor:yes,it is very good too
User:Is there any standard way to quit tobacco? Or it is individualistic?
Doctor:It has to be personalized
User:Ok. Thanks a ton.
User:You are very nice. Thanks for your valuabe input.
Doctor:Thank you too
User:Have a nice day.
Doctor:You too
Doctor:Is there something else you wish to ask me?
User:Nothing really. Bye.
Doctor:Bye for now
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