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Nicotine Abuse

How and Why does one become Addicted to Nicotine 

Nicotine is both a sedative and a transient stimulant, which affects the central nervous system of our bodies. When the body receives it's fix of nicotine it sets off a chain reaction in our brains. The chemical invades upon the adrenal cortex, which in turn reacts by sending epinephrine though the central nervous system, and the endocrine glands. Now the endocrine glands after being stimulated produce an immediate release of glucose. Once this sudden burst of reactions is depleted, are bodies become fatigued and depressed. Which leads us back to wanting the boost again.

I know this sounds pretty clinical, but that is exactly what happens every time we take nicotine into our bodies. After a period of time the body comes to depend on these boosts nicotine offers it. If the body does not get these little boosts to the Central nervous system it reacts by trying to get the boost somewhere else. This why those that quit smoking are often time irritable, depressed and angry. The body is just looking for it's little boost to the central nervous system.

How many people are abusing their health with Nicotine 

It is estimated that over 60 Million Americans smoke or use some form of tobacco. Take this 60 Million people and multiply it by 5 or more, to get an eye opening number of how many lives Nicotine abuse affects.

To me the saddest part of these high numbers is the amount of young people who abuse nicotine. It is estimated that 30% of all High School Seniors smoke or use some sort of tobacco product daily. Even sadder is the fact that 8% of eighth graders smoke over a half a pack a day.

Another startling statistic is that over 160 million Americans before the age of 25 had tried smoking.

What are the Health risks involved with Nicotine use 

Nicotine abuse is the leading cause of strokes in the US today. It is also the third leading cause of death in America. Because the chief source of nicotine is cigarette smoking, we expose ourselves to associated health risks. Smoking not only gives us Nicotine, but tar and Carbon Monoxide. Tar intakes increase our risks for lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchial disorders. The intake of Carbon Monoxide increases health risks to our cardiovascular system. The ratio of hospitalizations in reference to smokers vs non smokers is 4:1.

Because of the "high" our body gets from nicotine intake we stand a good chance of higher blood pressure, chills, sore throats, and bronchitis. Also since it reduces the inflow of air into our lungs our heart must work harder, causing a increase in our heart rate. What are the Effects of Nicotine Abuse Frequent colds, smoker's cough, gastric ulcers, chronic bronchitis, increase in heart rate and blood pressure, premature and more abundant face wrinkles, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, cancer of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, lungs, pancreas, cervix, uterus, and bladder, and diminished or extinguished sense of smell and taste.

Ways of kicking the habit 

I'm sure if your a smoker 99% of you have tried to quit. I know I have and did succeed twice for a 5 year period once and a 2 year period once. What is the best way to quit? There is no good answer for this. For me it was cold turkey both times. But the experts believe that a slow reduction with behavior therapy as the best way.

Your choices for quitting are Cold Turkey, Hypnosis, Nicotine Gum, The Nicotine Patch, and a number of Therapy training methods. But the most needed element for a successful withdrawal from nicotine abuse is a self desire to quit. If you are going to quit to please someone else you will fail. It is something that must be done for ones own self.

Where can you find help

Your local hospital 
Your local mental health clinic 
Quit Smoking Link's 
Inside yourself 
Ask your Doctor