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Nicotine Titration Model
smokers who are physically dependent on nicotine regulate their smoking to maintain a steady level of the drug in their bodies
Psychological theories of why people continue to smoke
although smoking is initially physically unpleasant, this is overruled b/c of the social reinforcement from peers
How does social theory explain why a person smokes?
- smoking is a social activity
- cigarettes are widely available and promoted
- peer pressure
- social media
Health consequences smokers are susceptible to
- most preventable cause of illness, disability, and premature death in much of the world
- 70% higher mortality rate than nonsmokers
- 1/2 of deaths due to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Health consequences of individuals exposed to passive smoke
- environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) contains high concentration of many carcinogens
- those exposed are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease
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