Most of the people who smoke are in their teens, and are the ones who are influenced by looking at their surrounding whether it is their parents or friends who are smoking. They tend to become more interested and keen to start it as compared to others who do not witness it on a daily basis. Few try it just because they think it’s cool.
The advertisements by tobacco industry, different kinds of promotions or price breaks for the products happen to be a large influence on the society. Tobacco companies spend in billions for marketing and portray it as an exciting, safe and glamorous thing. The use of tobacco is shown in movies and video games and people find it to be very appealing, hence they are likely to begin it. Other fashionable and high tech electronics like e-cigarettes and vaping are exciting products introduced in the market which helps them inhale nicotine in another manner.
Why has it become so difficult to quit?
Cutting back or stopping altogether the use of tobacco leads to the symptoms or sensation of nicotine detachment and retraction. This withdrawal or retraction could be both mental and physical. Physically, one’s body reacts to the nicotine absence from the body, whereas mentally one realises of giving up the habitual action which calls for a change in their behaviour. It might become emotionally draining like losing something, but one has to accept it for a healthier living. Studies show that users of smokeless tobacco find it as difficult to quit as the ones who smoke tobacco.
People who are use to this habit for years or months and suddenly give a break to the same will face withdrawal symptoms. There’s no such danger in detaching from nicotine but certain symptoms can become quite uncomfortable. In the beginning it is just for few hours, but can later reach its peak after 3 days as the by-products of nicotine starts to leave the body completely. The symptoms may last from few days to many weeks but gets better if the person remains strong in staying tobacco free.
Following are the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal
- Feelings of anger, frustration, and impatience
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping or staying asleep for long, even facing nightmares or bad dreams
- Boredom or restlessness
- Weight gain
- Increased appetite
- Gas and constipation
- Slower heart rate
- Chest tightness
- Sore throat, cough, nasal drip and dry mouth
These symptoms often convince the quitter to get back to smoking tobacco to get rid of these symptoms and to boost the nicotine level in blood. However it also depends on the level of nicotine a person use to undertake while using tobacco as it depends on various factors like;
- Tobacco brand
- Amount of it chewed
- Product’s pH level (Acid level)
- Tobacco cut etc
If the person undertakes small amounts of it they may be able to quit it earlier however the ones who were habituated to inhale larger amount gives up while facing symptoms of withdrawal.