Nicotine dependence is the physical vulnerability to the chemical nicotine, which is potently addicting when delivered by various tobacco products. Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes contains thousands of chemicals, including nicotine. Being addicted to tobacco brings a host of health problems related to the substances in tobacco smoke. These effects include damage … [Read more...] about Smoking-Related Illnesses Come with Significant Costs
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Over twelve million people currently suffer from Chronic Pulmonary Disease in American this year. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Take a moment and learn about treatments for COPD, and how the symptoms of this combination of diseases (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) can be controlled. Bronchodialators are one of the most used … [Read more...] about Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Part II
Researchers Say It Takes Genes, Viruses and Cigarettes Physicians say that smoking is by far the biggest cause of emphysema, but why doesn't every smoker get the disease? If you asked Michael Holtzman, M.D., that question, he might answer that for most cases of emphysema you need a mix of genes, viruses and cigarettes. Emphysema and the associated condition of chronic … [Read more...] about Why Doesn’t Every Smoker Get Emphysema?