Smoking and Addiction to
smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times" this famous quote of
Twain sums up the problems a lot of people have when trying to
can't stick to it.
problem is that smoking is an addiction like any other, as nicotine is
a drug. The addiction to nicotine is not the only danger, as it is in
is the natural drug found in tobacco and is as addictive as cocaine or
The dependency will be both physical and emotional; both needing to be
with when quitting smoking.
smoke is inhaled, nicotine enters deep into the lungs, from where it is
throughout the body via the bloodstream. Nicotine will affect many
parts of the
body; blood vessels, heart, brain, metabolism and hormones. It is
harmful during pregnancy, as it can be present in breast milk and in
fluids as well as placenta, amniotic fluids and the blood in the
which in turn feeds into the newborn child.
cigarette smoke will send nicotine to the brain quicker than any drugs
intravenously. Like any other drug, the body eventually develops
thereby needing larger doses to calm the craving.
smoking will cause the same kind of withdrawal symptoms from the
nicotine that drug addicts experience when quitting their chosen poison.
your age or the length of time you've been smoking, don't think it's
in life for you to quit: smokers who quit around age 50 can still cut
of dying in the following 15 years by 50%, compared with those who
to nicotine should be treated like any other drug addiction, so when
smoking be prepared for similar problems. Nicotine patches or chewing
only really delay the inevitable; you'll be avoiding many of the other
chemicals found in cigarette smoke, but you are still feeding your body
nicotine, so are not really making any inroads into your addiction to
Quitting smoking cold turkey is the only sure answer and will bring
some problems, particularly in those long-term smokers.
body will take its time to eject nicotine and other chemicals;
sometimes only a
couple of days but at other times several weeks.
to nicotine is caused by the pleasant feelings (known as dopamine high)
experienced by the smoker, which then lead to them wanting to smoke
nervous system begins to adapt to the nicotine intake and increases the
of nicotine in the blood. As the body begins to get used to the amount
nicotine, it will start to demand more, hence we get into the cycle of
poison in nicotine is enough to kill a human with just a few drops in
purest form, although to take in that much in one go by smoking you
to smoke about 100 cigarettes all at once (together, not one after the
Even so, that is some nasty poison to take into your system!
smoking and addiction to nicotine does not need to be terribly
are quit smoking plans and systems to help you on your way, some of
it incredibly easy. Find the right method for you and stick with it;
you are on
your way to a much healthier, more enjoyable life.
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