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Behaviour and Health Risks of Addiction

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1. Women are the fastest growing population of smokers. Why are more women smoking than ever before? Are there any unique concerns for women smokers?
2. Compare and contrast the health effects of smoking cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco. Also discuss why they are not all the same in terms of health risks.
3. Choose one illicit drug and describe the following aspects: what it is made from, the routes of administration, the effects (long and short term) and whether or not dependency develops.
4. Describe one of the behavioral addictions and explain why you would or would not consider it a true addiction.

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The expert examines behavior and health risks of addictions. The aspects of illicit drug use are determined.

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1. This is a good reference on women and smoking: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002986-pdf.pdf
According to the above reference, the prevalence of smoking among women is correlated with a decreased level of education, with women who have less than a high school education being more than twice as likely to smoke as college graduates. Smoking is more popular among younger women and those who start at a younger age are more likely to smoke more heavily as adults. These figures are probably related to a negative influence from peers and the media, who may portray smoking as "cool" and subversive. Like men, women who smoke are prone to a variety of cancers, heart and vascular disease, and lung disease. Effects particular to women include increased risk of breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers, and problems with pregnancy including miscarriage, stillbirth, and low birthweight infants. Babies born to smokers are at ...

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