Knowing why a patient uses tobacco helps identify what method will help them quit. Some of the reasons are:
Peer pressure- This seems to be one of the first reasons that kids especially start using tobacco. They usually first get it from a friend (or parent!) who urges them to try it and be like the “big kids”. By the time the child goes to the store to try to purchase tobacco, many might have already been using it for several days or even weeks. Some of these kids say they need to display the “ring on their rear” in order to be accepted with some of their peers. In others, the circle on the back pocket is a coming-of-age or emancipation symbol, marking the passage to adulthood and “independent thinking”.
Social pressure and Association- Being in an environment that condones tobacco use (sports, bars, outings or any place they are around others who use it) can be a great motivator. Users are often able to quit for a significant length of time but begin again when they’re around others who dip or smoke.
Behavior- Some chewers have been “dipping” so long that they miss the ritual of opening the …Read more →