Tobacco addiction, susceptibility to is a condition in which the individual has certain genes that may cause them to become dependent on tobacco. Tobacco is a plant that has the drug nicotine in it. Nicotine is a type of drug that is called a stimulant, meaning it improves mental or physical functions for a period of time. Nicotine can cause an individual to become more alert and wakeful. Tobacco leaves are found in cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs. The leaves can also be chewed or inserted into the mouth. In 2008, the World Health Organization named tobacco as the world’s greatest cause of death that an individual can prevent. Tobacco use is a risk factor to many organs. These organs include the heart, lungs, and liver.
It is suggested that the amount people use tobacco and their dependence on nicotine relates to many different chromosomes. Scientists are not in complete agreement about which genes can cause this illness. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with susceptibility to tobacco addiction, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018