How Nicotine affects mental health?

It’s a story of mom namely Jessica. She was a smoker for about 20 years. She started when she was in college. Jessica said she started smoking as it helped during social situations where she didn't know what to do?

So at first she smoked socially like a lot of people and then over time, she became addicted. She smoked more and more. She would get up early in the morning and go to bed later so that she could smoke.


It was not difficult for her children to tell about her in public because she had a very persistent cough. So they listen for that cough and eventually she would cough. That's how they could find her when they were out and about.


The above situation made her a psycho patient. However, when she realized the real issue and got rid of smoking, her mental health also improved.


Overview


Research shows that one in two smokers will eventually die from their addiction unless they manage to quit. Do you ever think about:-


Ø Quitting but think that it might be too hard?

Ø You couldn't cope without cigarettes?

Ø Is smoking well for your mental health?


Smoking is linked to increased anxiety and low mood. It might be that tobacco harms your mental health in the same way that it harms your physical health.


The link between smoking and mental health


New research shows that stopping smoking is linked to an improvement in mental health. The improvement in mental health after stopping smoking may be as large as the benefit of taking antidepressants.


Nicotine is an addictive ingredient in tobacco and what causes addiction through its effects on the brain which we experience as pleasurable and rewarding. But after time, we become used to these effects. We continue to smoke mainly to get rid of our withdrawal symptoms that happen when we haven't smoked for a while.


Tobacco has drawl sets in surprisingly soon after smoking a cigarette. While smoking nicotine travels through the body to the brain but nicotine only stays in the body for about 20 minutes. When smokers haven't had a cigarette for a while, nicotine levels drop and they feel irritable, depressed and anxious.


We know that after stopping smoking for four to six weeks, these withdrawal symptoms go away. As a result in the long term, people who stopped smoking have better mental health than people who continue smoking.


Role of Smoking cessation medicines


Smoking cessation medicines like nicotine replacement therapy or varenicline have been shown to relieve tobacco withdrawal symptoms like irritability, depression and anxiety. It is pertinent to mention here that when the people who tried to stop smoking used these medicines, they have twice the success rate than those who don't use these medicines.


If you use medicines to try to stop smoking you must use them as often as you've been told to by your stop smoking advisor. Be remember, there is no harm in using smoking cessation medications and it's completely safe.


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