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Smoking Addiction

Smoking Addiction

Smoking Addiction

Smoking is nothing but being addicted to Nicotine, which is the addictive substance in cigarette smoke. It is present in the tobacco leaf and when a cigarette is burnt, nicotine from the tobacco leaf is inhaled in cigarette smoke by the smoker. It enters in the physical system pretty fast through bloodstream via the lungs and reaches the brain within 10 seconds of inhalation. The risk of developing dependence following exposure to cigarettes is greater than the risk of developing dependence following initial use of cocaine, alcohol or marijuana.

It is often seen that people who start smoking in their teens are more likely to become life-long smokers than those who have their first cigarette as adults. Despite most adolescents believing that they won’t be smoking five years after they start, by age 18 two thirds regret even starting and half have tried to quit it repeatedly.

Reason is it is first readily available in the market and secondly it helps in secretion of happy hormone dopamine which makes us feel and believe for short period of time, as long as nicotine impact is there.  In various scientific studies, we got to know that teen smokers are especially vulnerable to the effects of nicotine and that nicotine addiction may be heightened if smoking is initiated during adolescence.

Cigarette smoking is a complex behaviour that over time becomes powerfully compulsive and hard to stop. Nicotine causes changes in the structure and function of the brain producing both positive experiences such as feelings of arousal, relaxation, and improved concentration and negative withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety and impaired concentration. It is difficult to separate the positive effect of nicotine from the relief of negative withdrawal symptoms. Thus it is always good to seeks professional help both or adults and kids to fight and win over it

This can be challenging and not recommended to do on your own as due to the positive and negative effects of nicotine, it reinforces smoking behaviours. Smoking addiction is considered to consist of two medically defined disorders – nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal.

Nicotine dependence is the continued use of tobacco despite the negative health outcomes of its use. The severity of nicotine dependence varies amongst smokers with more dependent smokers having their first cigarette more quickly on waking in the morning.5 Nicotine withdrawal is characterised by symptoms of nervousness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety and poor concentration.

Tolerance to the effects of nicotine develops with repeated use of tobacco and consequently consumption increases over time but produces only relatively weak effects compared to when smoking first began. Sometimes, smokers try to change to reduce their nicotine intake or even leaving it but it backfires as their fears will start surfacing.

Because a smoker may be smoking the cigarette more intensively, they may be exposing themselves to greater amounts of toxic substances in cigarette smoke.

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