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Nicotine Addiction: Effects, Symptoms, and Risk Factors



Nicotine is one of the most addictive components found in tobacco. The effects of nicotine are both physical and mental, which means that habitual users may crave and desire the effects of nicotine if they haven’t consumed it for long. People may also associate certain situations with tobacco use, such as when they’re stressed or out with their friends.


Nicotine is typically consumed by smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars that contain tobacco. Another way to consume nicotine is by snorting powdered tobacco. In this blog, we’ll be discussing in detail the effects, symptoms and risk factors associated with nicotine addiction.


The Alarming Effects of Nicotine Addiction


Regardless of the way it’s consumed, tobacco is hazardous for health. According to a research report published in 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diseases caused by smoking tobacco results in 480,000 deaths every year in the U.S.


Nicotine consumption creates feelings of satisfaction and delight in the mind and body of the user. It makes your brain release dopamine—a neurotransmitter responsible for the high and happiness—in excessive quantities. This brief moment of pleasure leaves the user craving for more. There comes a point when the body adapts to a certain dopamine rush and stops reacting to it. To feel the same contentment again, the user may increase the usage of tobacco, leading to nicotine dependence, and ultimately, addiction.


The 2014 report by CDC also stated that tobacco smoking is responsible for 87% of deaths caused by lung cancer, and 32% of deaths caused by coronary cardiac diseases. This means that besides nicotine, tobacco contains other harmful agents that cause cancer, heart diseases, chronic bronchitis, eye problems, dental issues, ulcers, osteoporosis, auto-immune diseases, impotence, diabetes and other severe health disorders.


Despite these alarming statistics the number of smokers keeps increasing every year. However, no matter how severe your nicotine addiction is, it’s always beneficial for your health to quit it at any point in life.


Signs of Nicotine Addiction


Cigarette smoking is alarmingly common these days among adults as well as teenagers. This is why many people fail to recognize that they have actually become addicted to nicotine overtime. It’s better to know the below mentioned signs before it’s too difficult to quit. If you are an addict, you may:


· Find it difficult or almost impossible to cut off tobacco consumption

· Exhibit symptoms of withdrawal when you stop using nicotine

· Feel the need to smoke when you’re stressed

· Continue to consume tobacco in any way even if your health is deteriorating


Who Is at Risk?




Anyone who consumes tobacco in any form—pipe, cigarettes, or cigar—is at a high risk of developing nicotine addiction. Beside tobacco usage, other factors that may increase the risk of nicotine addiction are:


· Social gatherings where tobacco is used

· Family history of nicotine addiction

· Close relatives who smoke cigarettes or cigars


Also, individuals who start smoking cigarettes in their teen years are more likely to continue smoking as they grow up and develop nicotine dependence and addiction. However, it’s less common for adults to develop smoking habits or tobacco, as stated by American Society of Addiction Medicine.


If you suspect that you or a loved one might be at the brink of becoming a nicotine addict, get in touch with us. Life Launch PDR is a recovery sober living home in Houston that will provide you with maximum comfort and a range of amenities to make sure you achieve lifelong sobriety. Contact us at 713.266.1507 for more information, we’d be more than happy to help!

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