I remember what my aunt used to say about her bad habit, “We all are gonna die someday. We either die in a tragedy, from illness or from old age. So whether I smoke or not, I’m still gonna die anyway.” She got her point pretty clear there, but i don’t think it is a good advise to tell on a young girl, eh?
“Cigarette smoking is bad for your health.” “A cigarette has 43 known ingredient cancer- causing compounds.” Etcetera, etcetera.
With all the health advertisement, scary pictures of deceased body organs at the cigarette packaging and even adding more tax into it, why do people still smoke? I am writing this not to criticize the smoker, but to explain how it happens to be soo… damn irresistible.
Nicotiana Tabacum (now we know as Tobacco) is a plant first discovered in America. The community who discovered the plant cultivate it and ever since, they chew or smoke the leaves of the plant.
Nicotine is a drug stimulant and at the same time also a drug depressant. In other terms, it is both an upper and a downer. In a study, some say that on a low dose it acts as a depressant. It relieves stress and anxiety. While it gives palpitation, high blood pressure, and diarrhea on high doses.
In a stick of a cigarette, you can get around 1-2 mg of Nicotine, depends on the brand. The Nicotine will then reach the brain within 10 seconds after first inhalation. The brain will release Dopamine – a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure center. This will re- enforce people to smoke again.
According to a study “Nicotine induces pleasure and reduces stress and anxiety. Smokers use it to modulate levels of arousal and to control mood. Smoking improves concentration, reaction time, and performance of certain tasks. Relief from withdrawal symptoms is probably the primary reason for this enhanced performance and heightened mood.”
The effect of this drug will only lasts for a few minutes after you finished a cigarette causing the need to use it again. Imagine your very first paragliding. It feels so good while in the air, your feet is far from the ground, the wind caressing your cheeks while looking at the majestic scene around you. Then when you finally hit the ground, you’ll still feel elated and when that feeling subsided a part of you will want to do it again and again.
As for me, I believe that not trying a bad habit from the start that I know I couldn’t resist to stop is the BEST CHOICE! Health Wise. Penny Wise. Environment Wise. Continue reading “CIGARETTE SMOKING: Why so Damn Irresistible?”