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Understanding Nicotine

It is no wonder that smoking is such a difficult habit to break as nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world.

It is in fact at least as addictive as such hard drugs as cocaine and heroin.

Most smokers would never consider taking such drugs but the fact that they are smoking creates a situation where the addictive nature of nicotine can create many different health conditions and the smoker has extreme difficulty stopping even when the health problems become life threatening.

Once a person has been smoking for a while it takes a lot more than willpower to stop due to the addictive nature of tobacco.

Nicotine is so powerful that it can kill you if a small amount of pure nicotine is placed on your skin. Fortunately the amount in cigarettes is nowhere near that strong but it is enough to get you addicted and that is how the cigarette companies get you coming back for more even when you know it is killing you and you desperately want to stop.

If you inhale when you are smoking then the nicotine travels directly to your brain in a matter of seconds and once there it stimulates the brain to make you feel good. It causes the release of dopamine which will help to improve your mood and this is one of the reasons why people who are stressed, sad or depressed often seek comfort in the form of a cigarette.

After a while the body will become tolerant to the nicotine and require more and more to get the same affect. This leads to a stronger and stronger addiction where people can smoke up to several packs a day.

Aside from the obvious expense of having to pay for so many packs of cigarettes each week there are additional loads placed on a persons health from the damage that all the smoking is doing yet the addiction grows stronger and it becomes all the harder to quit.

Every day that you postpone quitting smoking you are making it harder to give up and that is precisely what the tobacco companies want.

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