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Tobacco and Health-related issues

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Mary Grandinetti

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Tobacco and Health-related issues

Patterns of Behavior

- many tobacco smokers will deny they have a problem. Although some acknowledge they have a problem, there is nothing done about it.

- The more dependent on tobacco substance, the greater the selfishness. Addicts will do anything they could to get to tobacco.

Irresponsible and not dependable
- Because their top priority is tobacco, addicts will not take into consideration the needs of others. Whether school, work, relationships, or social roles, they cannot meet expectations.

Deviant behavior
- In order to maybe get the tobacco they need, addicts will take place in a crime or illegal situation to get the tobacco (street activity especially).
Tobacco kills an estimated 440,000 U.S citizens each year! More than alcohol, illegal drug use, homicide, suicide,etc.

Smokers today will most likely die because of a health related illness.

Smoking tobacco harms almost every organ in the body.

Accounts for about 1/3 of all cancer deaths- cancers of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix,etc.

Smoking is toxic as well causing vomiting, tremors, and death.

Passive and secondary smoke also is a risk for many individuals.
Group Responses
Why is Tobacco a social problem?
Addictive- difficult to quit once started.
Harmful health effects.
One of the most preventable health problem.
The Social Problem of Tobacco
o Automatic help/ interventions
Family and friends participate.
Different options for support groups.

o Many individuals need assistance
Within 24 hours of quitting, blood pressure could go up and chance of heart attack is high.
Options of nicotine patch or gum to relieve withdrawal.

o U.S Department of Health and Human Services has a toll free number with online assistance.
Smoking cessation produces quitting rates up to 50 percent.
The Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center at UCSF medical center offers classes with individual consultations with health care professionals trained with tobacco addiction.
Characteristics of a social problem

Difficult to solve the problem.
Effect all sections of society.
Require a collective approach for the solution.
Can occur in all societies.
By: Mary G, Siobain M, and Rachel M
Possible Solutions:
Take them off the market!
How does the study of sociology identify and improve tobacco use?
In March 2012 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a series of graphic anti-smoking ads intended to "raise awareness of the human suffering caused by smoking and to encourage smokers to quit."

Medical Sociologist Deborah Lupton suggest that they portray the peoples bodies as the opposite of how we create images of certain bodies.
The US is trying to scare our nation/society into not smoking and to quit if we do!
Works Cited
"American Lung Association's Battle Against Tobacco Use Milestones - State of Tobacco Control 2014 | American Lung Association." State of Tobacco Control 2014. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2014.

"Smoking: Psychological and Social Influences." Netdoctor. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2014.

"Sociological Images." Sociological Images RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2014.

"What Are Some Solutions to Smoking?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 08 May 2014.
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