What is Smoking Addiction and How Addictive is It

What is smoking addiction and how do you define the term, smoking addiction?
Smoking addiction means a person has an uncontrollable dependence on cigarettes to the point where stopping will cause withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include but not necessary restricted to the following:

• Anxiety
• Depressed mood
• Irritability
• Increase appetite
• Restlessness

Despite the fact that everyone knows that smoking is harmful and addictive, few people realize addictive it is. And before you realize it, you are hooked!! Chances is about one in three smokers who do not quit will die prematurely due to their smoking habit, on average about 10 to 15 years earlier.Smoking to the end

Using any form of tobacco, including smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes or chewing tobacco can rapidly lead to addiction. The drug in tobacco that causes addiction is called nicotine, which is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, some can become addicted after smoking just a few cigarettes.

The cigarette is legally engineered to deliver the nicotine in a very efficient way. By inhaling, the smoker can get nicotine to the brain very rapidly with every puff. A typical smoker takes about 10 puffs on a lit cigarette over 5 minutes. The “hits” of nicotine to the brain each day, depending on the number of cigarettes smoke contributes to nicotine’s highly addictive nature.

Nicotine acts as a stimulant in small doses, creating a sense of alertness, calmness and relaxation especially at times of stress. The problem is that nicotine isn’t stored in the body so these effects last only a few minutes. We need to absorb more and more nicotine to make the effects last.
When your nicotine intake becomes regular, you become dependant on it. So, instead of providing a temporary high, people smoke regularly just to feel “normal”.

When some people go without tobacco for more than a few hours they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as lack of energy, slight depression, difficulty concentrating, headache, dizziness. This is why giving up smoking takes a lot of effort and determination. But when you quit for good, withdrawal symptoms will pass within a few days.
Most smokers want to stop and do indeed try, however, success rate is not very high at the first go and usually they will have to try a few times before they finally succeed. The reason for such a low success rate on the first try is because of the addiction.

Similar to other addictions, it’s difficult to give up without help and many have failed several if not many times, often suffering a relapse and more often than not, smoking more than before. Studies have shown that tobacco use usually begins at an early age and those that started early are more likely to develop an addiction compared to those that start later.

But being addicted doesn’t mean that you cannot kick the habit. You can do it, as long as you have made the decision to quit.
How and when you stop will be dependant only on you and yourself. The benefits of quitting smoking are plenty and when you have make up your mind, you can succeed in overcoming your smoking addiction.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.“
Dr. Napoleon Hill