What is Nicotine Addiction? And What Can We Do About It?

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There are many facets of nicotine addiction. Here are some of them:

  • Behavioural dependence. If you are young, cigarettes may be used to make you look older. Tobacco is seen as something that makes life more enjoyable, like a “pat on the back” or reward after accomplishing something.
  • Physical need for nicotine. For some people the hardest barrier to overcome when giving up smoking is the physical addiction. Your body responds to the nicotine it has taken and naturally feels something is missing after it is taken away. Smokers will naturally adjust their bodies without even thinking about it. They may smoke more than they normally would before boarding a long-haul flight. Like heroine, nicotine is physically addictive and, like heroine, there can be tremendous physical and mental hardships to endure when quitting.
  • Part of your day to day life. Smoking quickly develops into a habit. It provides rituals and patterns in your day to day existence which are really hard to break.

These facets quickly form a vicious circle. The nicotine “hit” which you experience within 7 to 14 seconds of taking your first drag can have a huge “beneficial” effect of feeling high and reducing anxiety. However, these effects are soon diminished as more nicotine is required to experience the same levels of arousal.

And so it goes on, you require more nicotine, you smoke more, you get more addicted. This is why a 2 or 3 a day smoker rapidly becomes a pack a day smoker.

Along with the addiction comes the health issues we all know well enough. There is the immediate physical pain that is associated with smoking as well. And, don’t forget, there are tremendous mental challenges to overcome when dealing with a nicotine addiction – sometimes a lack of self-worth, a feeling of helplessness, isolation, dependency, etc., etc.

But all is not lost, there is something you can do about it

With all this negativity around smoking and all this evidence as to the seriousness of nicotine addiction, it’s a wonder anyone ever gives up!

But people do quit smoking. In fact, only about 20% of adults in the UK smoke nowadays. After the war, it was only 20% who didn’t smoke! Quite a turnaround!

So, gradually bit by bit, people did conquer smoking. It didn’t happen overnight in a flash and a bang. But, quietly and assuredly, men and women just like you in their millions turned their backs on nicotine and went on to enjoy their smoking-free lives.

The problem is there are many ways to quit cigarettes. There’s not one over-arching and definitive solution to this addiction. And, meanwhile, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Huge billion dollar multi-national companies spend fortunes on advertising saying that chewing nicotine gum will help you whereas evidence suggests that most people quit cold turkey and they don’t make a huge song and dance about it.

I gave up easily. I woke up one morning and didn’t smoke a cigarette like I usually did. However, I had been meditating for a few weeks beforehand.

I can teach you what I did. I’ve had a lot of successes with other people so far.

If you want to find out how, enter your email in the box below and I’ll send you the information pack consisting of a PDF e-book, an MP3 plus a series of emails – all for free – which will help you use self-hypnosis to quit cigarettes now!

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4 Responses to What is Nicotine Addiction? And What Can We Do About It?

  1. Hanna says:

    The addiction to nicotine is the worst part of smoking when you have decided to qiut. I quitted smoking 11 months ago after more than 20 years as a smoker. It was really difficult to overcome the first 3 weeks because I could not sleep, sweating all day long and I was so angry and short tempered.

    You have a very nice selection of well written articles with a log of good information and inspiration.

    • Rob says:

      Well congratulations, Hanna, you did a truly amazing thing! Really nice to see a genuine person here. I quit too (more like 10 years ago now) and this site is trying to help people who want to do the same. It’s fantastic you are trying to do the same.

      Interesting that you found the really difficult period to be only 3 weeks. It’s really difficult but mercifully short. Although it feels like a longer time!

      Thanks for your comment, Hanna.

  2. John Morris says:

    Nicotine is as bad as heroin and can be just as hard to wean yourself off. I know the pain you have in your body, your brain and the dark places you go to when quitting smoking. It’s like a living nightmare, but you have to overcome the craving, one day at a time. It’s hard but can be done, as the article says, 20% of UK adults smoke now, after WW2 it was 20% who did not. The turnaround was done by individuals, one day at a time.

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