HOW SMOKING AND NICOTINE DEPENDENCE IS CREATED
Nicotine is a naturally occurring substance found in the plant called tobacco. Tobacco is the only plant in the world that contains nicotine. Nicotine is a dangerous drug because it tightens its grip on the body and mind in a very subtle way. It produces a pleasing effect to the brain (by stimulating the production of dopamine) without disturbing your behavior (you’re not euphoric, depressed or sleepy, and you have no hallucination you stay normal). More …
How nicotine causes addiction
Addiction is created by a reaction of the brain to reduced levels of nicotine in the body, hence creating the need for you to regularly smoke and it always take a little longer and a little more to get the same effect as the last time. Physical dependence is expressed by unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the amount of nicotine in the body becomes insufficient.
Although the withdrawal symptoms are not as dramatic as those caused by detoxification from heroin or cocaine, the addictive grip of nicotine is much stronger!
Smoking and nicotine physical dependence
For years, of introducing this powerful drug into your brain. With every puff, nicotine causes a stimulation to the brain in less than 10 seconds! This is the fastest way to send a drug to the brain. It immediately reacts by producing substances that make you feel good. And these produced substances are called endorphins, and one of them is called dopamine. Normally your brain produces and manages by itself these substances for it’s welfare when:
you do things that you love;
you experience pleasant situations.
When you engage in physical activity (especially when you pass a good shot);
when you play an instrument or listening to music;
when you realize something you’re proud of (e);
when you’re having fun;
when you receive compliments.
when you receive a positive evaluation (promotion, commendations at work, etc.).
when you laugh;
when you’re in love … Etc..
(In the latter two cases, your brain produces a lot of endorphins.)
This is why you want to repeat these activities: they make you feel good because your brain produces endorphins when you engage in them.
The problem with nicotine
When you inhale the nicotine from tobacco smoke, you teach your brain to produce endorphins and manage mainly with the nicotine and you will become reliant on it to feel good.
Psychological dependence created by smoking and nicotine
In addition to physical dependence, nicotine and smoking causes a very powerful psychological dependence.
For every cigarette you smoke, you inhale on the average of 10 to 12 puffs. So for every cigarette you smoke you are injecting this drug (that contributes to your well-being) a dozen times into your body. Yes, smoking is nothing but a kind of syringe: an oral syringe. Each of these bursts will be positively associated in your brain to the event or situation that you were in at that moment. Whether you were having fun, you were bored, you were stressed or you were angry, you will ultimately rely on cigarettes to help you feel better. So in addition to having made your brain physically dependent on an external drug you will become programmed to associate smoking with all of your life situations.
It is for this reason that many smokers talk about smoking as a friend. Rather sad, is it not? And all this about a roll filled with pieces of a plant … You surely now understand better why it is so difficult to quit smoking … For a better understanding of this phenomenon, see the fact sheet you panic at the thought of quitting?
Perhaps you know a smoker who quit suddenly … The answer:
This smoker is part of the tiny minority of lucky (less than 10%) people who successfully quit smoking as well and are still non-smokers after a year. One could explain this success:
The less influence (dependence) that cigarettes had over these people; an inner journey made by them which led to a firm decision to kick the habit and with this decision came an unwavering desire to succeed (motivation) and also the identification of actions to be taken to overcome the obstacles. It is this kind of inner journey that this site seeks to make you realize.
The longer you wait before you decide to quit smoking, the greater your chances of developing health problems and it will it harder and longer to succeed. On the average, five to six attempts, may be spread over twenty years, may be necessary before quitting for good. Many become discouraged with the consequences that you probably know …
Also see our post on Nicotine withdrawal timeline.
Think about it: Over the years, you have learnt how to manage your life with cigarettes … A cigarette supports you in every situation of your life, yet the more you consume it the more you are addicted to it and it slowly poisons you and you are also losing a small fortune with this habit.
So, what is smoking?
Do you really be able to experience these situations, in fact, your life without this insignificant paper cylinder stuffed small pieces of plant? Most people do not smoke, yet they also know how to party, how to go through difficult or annoying times. So …The sooner you decide to take action, the better your chances of learning how to breathe without that cigarette.