Any person who initiates the usage of tobacco can highly become addicted to the nicotine, after a while. The research on the same states that teenagers are likely to develop this habit in their teen years, as a result of trying something new and exciting at that age. As early as you start to smoke, you are likely to grow your addiction for the nicotine. According to 2014 reports, Surgeon General’s Report (SGR), around 9 among 10 adults started smoking before the age of 18 and almost all of them were smoking by the age of 26 years. The estimation states that every 3rd child in high school will be an adult smoker even while intending to quit it. Most of the teens do not realise it’s consequences on health in the long-run when they begin using it, causing them to continue doing it in adulthood.
- Is Tobacco really that addictive?
Addiction is known to be the repeated, substance use or compulsive seeking despite knowing its unwanted consequences or harmful effects. Addiction is basically emotional or mental dependence on the substance. Nicotine is known to be an addictive substance that’s present in the tobacco. The regular usage of tobacco can easily lead to the addictive feeling in several users. Tobacco naturally consists of this drug called nicotine and it can be as addictive and engaging as cocaine or heroin.
- How does it affect you?
- The chemicals of nicotine are quickly absorbed by the blood through lungs, and gradually spread end to end in the body.
- When it is commenced in smaller portions, pleasant feelings are caused by nicotine distracting you from the unpleasant feelings. This gradually results in more want of the product. It amazingly behaves in growing the chemistry between nerves central system and brain, affecting the mood of the smoker largely. It basically works similarly like any other drug by flooding chemicals in circuits within the brain, called dopamine. It is also said to give the user a sudden adrenaline rush which partially increases the heart speed and raises blood pressure.
- As soon as the user takes the puff of the tobacco, the nicotine starts showing its effect within few minutes on the brain. It wears off after a while giving the smoker an edgy, uncomfortable and irritated feeling, which again convinces them to light up another smoke. To avoid the unpleasant feeling the smoker continues to smoke and hence the cycle remains.
- As the nicotine level is gradually adapted by the body of the person, they tend to increase the intake of the tobacco for more powerful effect, which is known as the tolerance level of the user.
Researchers are finding out more such chemicals in the tobacco which make it difficult for them to stop. The smoker starts depending on the use of tobacco for various other reasons are it social or personal, which gives the smoker a hard time to break away from the habit.