Realising how grim nicotine facts really are will not necessarily in itself urge you to quit cigarette smoking but it's as good a place to start as any. To defeat an enemy you have to first understand it, so having a knowledge of the effects of nicotine and other pertinent nicotine facts will give you a good grounding.
Nicotine in itself does not necessarily cause cancer. Cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and numerous other diseases attributable to cigarette smoking are caused by other chemicals used in cigarettes. In the USA when the Federal Trade Commission examined the contents of smoke from burning cigarettes no less than 5,000 chemicals were found to be present, 43 of which are directly carcinogenic to humans and animals.
When tobacco is burned/smoked, the nicotine within the tobacco evaporates and is inhaled with the smoke. This then passes into the lungs and is absorbed into the bloodstream and is affecting the brain within 10 seconds.
Nicotine in cigarettes also affects the heart, spleen, and of course lungs and brain as well as other organs. It also has a detrimental effect on the bloodstream itself, decreasing circulation by constricting blood vessels, and also damages the cardiovascular and respiratory systems through its effects on the heart and lungs.
Nicotine, which is a chemical component of many insecticides, can increase memory and concentration, but only for a very short time, ditto for its ability to reduce appetite and increase metabolism.
An average cigarette contains 1.5mg of nicotine, a lethal dose is 50mg. One in three long term smokers will die directly as a result of their nicotine addiction. Smoking is also linked with male impotence and osteoporosis (weakening of the bones). It also causes carbon monoxide poisoning and hardening of the arteries, and generally reduces the distribution of life giving oxygen throughout the body. Smoking has also been implicated in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) via passive smoking.
Addiction to nicotine, in terms of the number of deaths linked to it - around 450,000 each year in the US alone - outnumbers the combined average annual figures for homicides, suicides, drug overdoses, auto crashes and AIDS. Currently, around 15% of all deaths in the USA are linked to nicotine. Figures for third world countries and developing economies, where the tobacco companies have been stepping up their marketing, were not readily available but it's probably safe to say that statistically, per head of population, death rates are or soon will be worse.
In the 1990's, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that long term female smokers would lose an average 15 yrs of life, and male long term smokers an average of 13.5 yrs, and figures point to an estimated annual cost in the USA of $60 billion on smoking related health costs.
Nicotine alters the brain's chemical makeup by releasing dopamine, which stimulates certain pleasure centers in the brain. However, as you begin to smoke regularly, the brain begins to adjust to the increased levels of dopamine by manufacturing less of it, and so the smoker then needs to continue smoking just to maintain a normal level of dopamine. This is why withdrawal from nicotine causes feelings of loss, deprivation, irritability, anxiety, restlessness and depression, thus compounding the need for nicotine to relieve these symptoms.
Absorbing these nicotine facts may make you want to quit nicotine, but the first taste of nicotine withdrawal would be a reminder that you don't always immediately get something just because you consciously want it. Understanding the nicotine facts is the first stage of a quitting process that ultimately requires you to reach and reprogram your subconscious impulses and feelings about smoking, and the most effective method of doing this is through self hypnosis.
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