So, now that you’re at least considering giving up the smokes, think of some of what follows as confirmation that you’ve made the right decision for you.
1. Nicotine is only one of the more than 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco.
➡ Nicotine is the primary component of tobacco that works in the brain on the neurological system.
2. Although nicotine is found in all tobacco products, cigarettes are the most common form of nicotine addiction in the U.S.
➡ Most of the cigarettes sold over the counter today contain 10 milligrams or more of nicotine. When inhaling cigarette smoke the average smoker will take in between 1 and 2 mg of nicotine per cigarette
This small amount of nicotine will:
➡ Cause blood vessel to constrict
➡ Increase the heart rate
➡ Provide a feeling of well-being and alertness in the smoker
So, you’re thinking…that doesn’t sound so bad…you need it, it helps you relax…why all the fuss about nicotine. But there’s more.
Nicotine is absorbed in a variety of ways.
Depending upon how the drug is ingested it reaches the bloodstream and brain in just a matter of seconds.
Although cigar and pipe smokers typically do not ‘inhale’ the smoke, they absorb the nicotine through the mucosal membranes of the mouth while the smoke is in their mouth.
This method is also the means of absorption of nicotine from smokeless tobacco products.
3. Addiction to nicotine is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior and use, even in the face of very negative health consequences.
Researchers have documented that tobacco smokers can verbalize that smoking is harmful to their health and nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit each and every year.
Unfortunately for each one that successfully quits there are more who are taking up this hazardous addiction, even young children.
➡ This increases a feeling of pleasure in the user and a desire to maintain the feeling.
➡ When the level of nicotine in the body drops the smoker feels withdrawal symptoms which can include difficulty sleeping, irritability, and increased anxiety.
These symptoms can be unpleasant enough that without support a smoker with resume the habit in an effort to raise the levels of nicotine in the body.
4. Once absorbed into the body nicotine is removed through several steps.
This enzyme has a half-life of 24 hours (the time required for any concentration of a substance in the body to decrease by half. So, you can test if someone has smoked in the last 2 days by screening the urine.
There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking and none to continue.
One of the ways to become motivated to stop smoking is to learn what happens to your lungs when you stop smoking. And that’s what’s coming up next.