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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.
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.
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.
Originally posted by TedHodgson
I think its also the idea of having something to "Do" really, Keeps you and your mind active sort of thing.
Then Again i smoke, And i for one dont know why i do it really
Originally posted by Human_Alien
Tobacco is natural. As is pot. As is coca leaves. I have to assume these products were placed on Earth for a reason. Perhaps because of that fact (that they are natural) the PTB want to portray them as wrong, evil or illegal.
Originally posted by lektrofellon
Ive tried once to give up but only lasted three weeks,as soon as i had a few drinks i couldnt resist,i drink quite heavily every weekend and i think i would have to give up drinking to give up smoking because they go so god damn well together!
Originally posted by jawsismyfish
reply to post by InertiaZero
Most of the risks associated with tobacco are not from nicotine - nicotine is not carcinogenic, they're from the other compounds which occur in tobacco- and other nightshade plants (like tomatoes and potatoes) as well. Nicotine can be quit beneficial to people who naturally have a deficiency in cholinergic or dopaminergic activity in the form of vaporization or nicotine gum. Bottom line, it can keep some people off of medications that may have worse side effects.
Originally posted by miranduh29
I smoked for 5 or 6 years and have recently quit. I am a month smoke-free!
Will power is part of it, but a lot of it is the mind set. If you smoke and are convinced you are totally addicted, the truth is, you won't be able to quit.. Especially with the media, family and friends telling you that it's nearly impossible.
I'm not at all saying you can't be physically dependent on it just that you have to have a stronger mind than body to beat the addiction.
I just looked at smoking for what is really is... A digusting, smelly, disease causing stick! And not to mention you are inhaling and exhaling money for nothing more than bad health.