Smoking and addiction
If someone asked you why you smoke, what would you say? You might tell them you like the taste or feeling it gives you. You might say it helps you relax or pass the time.
No matter what your reasons are, anyone who uses tobacco is at a risk of becoming addicted to nicotine.
Nicotine makes you dependent
Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine travels to your brain within just 10 to 20 seconds, and causes the release of various chemicals that may cause mood changes and a temporary high. Over time, you develop a tolerance to nicotine, forcing you to have to smoke more to get the same effect.
It may seem innocent at first, but if you take 15 puffs from each cigarette and smoke, say, 10 cigarettes a day, that’s 150 doses of nicotine a day. And 54,750 a year! No wonder it can be so hard to quit.
But here’s the good news: quitting smoking is possible. Some smokers are able to quit on their first attempt, while others require multiple attempts before being successful. No matter how long it takes you, you can get there.