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How is Tobacco Addiction Detected?
Early detection of tobacco use by your child or loved one can make it easier to prevent the development of dependency and, in turn, prevent the long-term consequences of the addiction. Parents and loved ones should watch for these signs of smoking or tobacco use:
- Lingering odors. Smoking typically produces a tenacious odor that clings to a smoker’s skin, clothing, belongings, and surroundings.
- Stained teeth, tongue, or fingers. Nicotine and cigarette smoke produce yellow-ish stains.
- Changes in food preferences. Smoking can cause decreased taste sensitivity, so users may begin to salt or season their food more enthusiastically.
- Coughing. Tobacco use often results in a “smoker’s cough,” a persistent, deep cough that often differs in character from the cough produced by colds.
- Voice changes. Irritation of the throat caused by smoking often changes the character of a smoker’s voice, giving it a deeper or more gravelly tone.
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