Ive had a tough time with this issue.
I take pretty good care of myself these days, I exercise alot. I eat healthy foods.
But I still smoke at least one cigarette a day. This is much better than a year ago, when I was smoking more like 10-15. It's an unattractive habit.
And I feel like a real dummy when I go running, then two hours later Im on my patio with a death-stick in my hand. My fiancee' has the same problem.
We both enjoy a glass of wine or beer and a smoke at the end of the day.
It's annoying, how tough it is to quit.
Habits I have managed to quit: Biting Nails, Chewing on pens. Chewing on strands of hair. Tapping my feet. twiddling thumbs....etc
But not smoking.
Some will say that it is because of personality. Some people have an addictive nature. Some say it's the nicotine. Some say it's physical habit.
Here are some facts that "they" wont tell you. Maybe a little knowledge can help us all to quit!
Inhaling a puff of smoke from a cigarette sends nicotine molecules zooming up into the brain within seconds. There, the nicotine grabs hold of
receptors on brain cells and releases a wave of dopamine, the brain's feel-good chemical, bringing feelings of pleasure and comfort.
This is nicotine itself. Not an additive. And it's at the simplest level of the addiction.
esides dopamine, smoking also activates the release of other molecules in the brain that make you feel good, including chemicals called endogenous
opioids, which heighten positive feelings and subdue negative ones, according to 2004 research from the University of Michigan.
Another good feeling chemical reaction?!! No wonder it ropes you in so badly!!
But it isnt just the nicotine itself. There are also quite a few factors that the cigarette companies throw in there for you. They have systematically
made changes, as more negative information has been made available to the public.
These changes include adding ammonia to the tobacco, which converts nicotine into a form that gets to the brain faster, as well as adding holes to
cigarette filters that allow people to inhale smoke more deeply into their lungs, the paper said. Other additions, such as sugar and "moisture
enhancers," reduce the dry, burning sensation of smoking, making it a more pleasant experience — especially for new cigarette smokers.
Not to mention, that alot of these first time smokers are teens. Their bodies are more prone to addiction as their bodies react to the chemicals in a
much more intense way.
I will quit. Eventually. It will be very hard. Im almost there.
I am baffled at my own psychology regarding the issue. Im the type of person that gets incredibly angry to know that the wool has been pulled over my
eyes. That I am being lied to, and manipulated. Heck, we all are, here on ATS. So why do we allow a company to lie to us, and manipulate ourselves
into an addiction that more often than not results in death.
It's not a conspiracy, it's right out in the open! These people sell death, and we buy it!
Just some thoughts....