Cigarette Smoking: Why is it addictive?

Cigarette smoking!

Have you ever wondered, why is it so addictive?
And what happens in our bodies when we smoke them?

Well, you’re in the right place and we would like to help you answer that question.

You see, cigarettes contain Tobacco, which has nicotine in it and therefore, makes them highly addictive.

Which is the primary reason why many people may find it extremely hard to quit smoking.

 

But, what exactly does this Nicotine do to our bodies?

All humans, have two chemicals in their body –
Dopamine and Noradrenaline/Norepinephrine; these chemicals are responsible for the changes in our moods and concentration levels.

When consumed, nicotine is responsible for influencing the levels of these chemicals.
This results in a change in our mood and concentration levels. Which creates the “Head rush” or the feeling of relaxation, that all cigarette smokers seek.

Now, these changes happen very quickly, almost instantaneously.

When the nicotine is inhaled, it instantly rushes to our brains, where it produces feelings of pleasure and reduces stress and anxiety, making people dependent on it.

The more we smoke, the more our brains become used to/immune to the nicotine.

Which means, that in-order to get the same effect, you gotta smoke more.


Effects of quitting smoking

When we stop smoking cigarettes, the sudden loss of nicotine
changes the levels of dopamine and noradrenaline again.

Which can lead to anxiety, depression, irritability and cravings.

Please remember, nicotine cravings can be extremely strong, therefore making it very difficult for people to quit using just their willpower.

If you want to stop smoking, please talk to a doctor/specialist to help you assist through the process.

 

We hope this information was useful to you. 

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