You probably have a million reasons for why you smoke.
You might like the taste or feeling it gives you. You might think it relaxes you or helps pass the time. No matter what your reasons are for smoking, if you smoke, you’re probably addicted to the nicotine in tobacco. Period.
Nicotine – the great manipulator.
The nicotine in tobacco is a powerful, highly addictive chemical. Within 10 to 20 seconds of taking a puff on a cigarette, nicotine travels to your brain, causing it to have a temporary high. Over time your brain starts to adjust to the high, causing you to have to smoke more to get the same effect.
The power of nicotine comes from the repeated small doses you give yourself when you smoke. It may seem innocent at first, but if you take 15 puffs from a cigarette and smoke, say, 20 cigarettes a day, that’s 300 drug doses a day or 109,500 doses a year.
So how addicted are you anyway?
Answer the following questions – the results will give you an idea of how tightly smoking has you wrapped around its finger:
On average, I smoke 15 or more cigarettes each day.
I usually smoke within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning.
I find it difficult to go for more than four hours without smoking.
When I try to quit or cut back, I get irritable, have difficulty concentrating, have trouble sleeping, or notice changes in my appetite.