For numerous people around the world, smokeless tobacco is at least something they have tried, if not something used regularly. Most people associate smokeless tobacco with sports stars, and incorrectly believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately for smokeless tobacco users, this can all too often prove dead wrong.
A diverse range of people use this highly addictive substance and no one is safe, regardless of race, social status, or sex. The reasons for going smokeless vary widely from appetite control to generalized stress reduction. This epidemic is hurting the world. Targeting the world's future with the primary users being just teens and sometimes preteens, it is a highly dangerous addiction.
The truth of the matter is that teen use of smokeless tobacco is a prominent problem enough that it is creating many lifelong users who suffer health problems and health risks that are just too great to be overlooked and too dangerous to be ignored. Adolescent use of smokeless tobacco is on the constant rise, with some users starting when they are just nine or ten.
Rural Caucasian teens have the highest risk of using smokeless tobacco products, and if the teens share a home with an adult user, their risk of also using smokeless tobacco rises dramatically. An average of 9.3% of all students in the United States in grades 9-12 use smokeless tobacco products. Among the population of white male students, the average is approximately 1 user in 5 students. But what are the effects of smokeless tobacco and what are the pros and cons of using it? For some people, the appeal is in "looking cool," and fitting in. It also causes an unusual sensation in users by first relaxing them, through the release of dopamine in the brain, and then exciting them with a release of adrenaline. It can also cause appetite suppression, which some users may abuse in an attempt to lose weight.
On the down side are serious consequences that make the reasons to chew look pretty weak. Use of smokeless tobacco causes a wide variety of cancers, along with dental problems, bad breath, and of course the financial spending of the user to obtain tobacco products. Most tobacco users with a can a day habit, over three decades at current prices will spend up to fifty thousand dollars on chewing tobacco in their lifetime, assuming they survive their addiction long enough.
There are no known cures for either the oral or the gastrointestinal cancers smokeless tobacco brings, and this can potentially cost a fortune in treatment and sadly, perhaps funeral costs.
Quitting smokeless tobacco is widely believed to be much more difficult than kicking the smoking habit. Part of the addiction includes a huge amount of nicotine absorbed by the body when dipping or chewing. This amount is double that received from smoking a cigarette.
But how can one quit using smokeless tobacco products? Various products are on the market to help users quit snuff and chew, such as a product that uses the spearmint plant as a substitute for the tobacco without supplying the nicotine. And some success has come out of receiving the same shot that inhibits receptors for smoking. But the best way to stop and permanently stay tobacco-free without withdrawal symptoms, stress, and weight gain is through using hypnotherapy.
A hypnotherapy program offers a two-fold attack to the habitual dipping or chewing reflex built up by your previous habits and lifestyle choices. It first works to eliminate the emotional motivation for why you want a dipp, and then it works to eliminate the mental habit itself.
First consider the emotional reasons. Dopamine is a "feel good" chemical produced in your body and released by your brain during pleasurable activities. In times of stress, dopamine can produce a general sensation of well being. Some common occurrences of natural release include eating a large meal, or sexual relief. In other words, putting some chew into the mouth gives a sense relaxation and pleasure. The very essence of hypnosis is relaxation, and self-hypnosis is excellent for stress relief and relaxation.
Hypnotherapy also works to break the cycle of expectation that your mind creates. When you chew tobacco after dinner, your mind starts to tell your body that you need a chew every time you finish eating dinner. By blocking or eliminating this unconscious thought process, you won't feel the urge to pack your cheek after you pack your stomach.
By attacking these two root causes of chewing tobacco use, hypnotherapy programs can extinguish the compulsion to dipp or chew, stopping your physical need for the extra dopamine release. Thus freeing you from this lethal habit and providing a stress free method for stopping.