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Why is nicotine addiction taken so lightly?


Research shows that by increasing the levels of dopamine within the reward circuits in the brain, nicotine acts as a chemical with intense addictive qualities. In many studies it has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine and heroin, though chronic treatment has an opposite effect on reward thresholds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine#Dependence_and_withdrawal


In my case I started smoking when I was thirteen and because I thought it was cool. Well, my stupidity! Today I'm seriously ill, have problems with breathing, a weak blood circulation, heavy sweating, depression and am as addicted as never before.

I get dizzy and a headache without supply of nicotine and everytime I tried to stop smoking and failed, I became an even heavier smoker than before.

And it really is nicotine and not psychological. Right now I'm trying to stop smoking by using nicotine chewing gums, what makes it bearable.

Nicotine addiction isn't taken seriously, although there are far more addicted consumers of nicotine than of heroine, cocaine and alcohol.

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And my room smells like vomit!!!
I've managed to stop for one and a half week now and I didn't even imagine how disgusting the smell of my clothes is!!
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Oh my... Poor you sir >.< Its great your stopping. Have you tried going flat out "cold turkey"??
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Posted 6/7/10

Shohee wrote:

Oh my... Poor you sir >.< Its great your stopping. Have you tried going flat out "cold turkey"??


That made me start chain smoking.
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Posted 6/7/10
It's because many politicians are in the pockets of tobacco companies and it's legal.
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Welcome to the club, son. I agree that it's taken too lightly in society. I couldn't tell you why, though, it's not like what nicotine does to you is a big shocker to society. It should be more acknowledged. Also, I know I'm rambling. I'm just sleepy. ):

But heroin withdrawal is worse than nicotine withdrawal. Just sayin'.
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Maybe, but for one heroin-addict there are 20 and more nicotine-addicts and they are also slowly dying.

[I just learned the worst withdrawal is from alcohol. You can really die just from alcohol withdrawal.]
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i was an alcoholic in my younger days.. (started at 14) not a day passes by without rum or beer flowing down my gullet. alcohol (for me at least) is easier to leave than smoking. nowadays 5 light beers is good enough for me.

smoking on the other hand... well i sometimes break my threshold of 2 packs a day. on a good day i get through half a pack but sometimes it's easy to let go and before i realize it, my ashtray's full of butts and my room smells like crap.. on the plus side, since nicotine's a natural insecticide. bugs and sugar ants are virtually nonexistent.

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I quit cold turkey, I was smoking since about 16 and quit at age 21, It only took like 4 months before I did not fill odd anymore~ that may seem like a long time! It's not to bad.

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Posted 6/7/10
Smoking is really bad for you.... And most smokers.. denies it...
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I know man, I started at 14 for similar reasons, before I knew it I was doing it entirely too much. I heard a story that my dad was a two pack a day smoker and the day he found he was going to be a father he went cold turkey. Tired as shit of my car and clothes smelling like smoke, I decided to do it too. The headaches and dizzyness were the worst part but doing physical activities like running and exercise helped, eventually I kicked that crap from my system.
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My dad used to smoke 24/7, he started smoking at a young age, I'm not sure how old though. He stopped when I was 5, I think. He just flat out quit cold turkey. Well, he's not addicted anymore, and he hasn't smoked since.
I take smoking really seriously. Every time I see a smoker near me, I start coughing hard, mainly to annoy the smoker. Plus, I hate the smell of smoke, it's seriously gross.
A lot of little kids are starting to smoke too, and it's scaring me. My sister, who's in 6th grade told me that there are kids her age who sneak cigarettes from their parents. They think it's cool, and unfortunately, they're not going to learn the dangers, unless they face the facts themselves.
Posted 6/7/10
My mom used to smoke, but quit after she got nose surgery (and no, it wasn't because of her addiction). So far she is doing well.
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My stepdad used to smoke..and then he got sick..and then we made him quit..

sooo..it's been like 2 years..since the last time he smoked..
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Yeah, nicotine sucks. I'm not a heavy smoker, but i'm addicted. i've tried to quit cold turkey so many times lol. I never get help though. Rather swallow a gallon of blood than an ounce of pride lol
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Posted 7/9/10
the good news is that addiction is a largely psychological phenomenon, so once you overcome your own brain, over half the battle is won.
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