Smoking addiction – Causes and other risk factors association with it

Smoking addiction


Smoking addiction

In this modern era many people who have smoking addiction are smoking cigarettes even when they know that it can damage their health. But also the number of places (such as shopping malls, workplaces, stores and theaters) which have forbidden the smoking has increased. Also there are many government entities which are making laws to ban smoking in some public places such as restaurants and bars. You need to quit this negative habit and to start living your life in healthy way. When you smoke cigarette, then the nicotine is absorbed in your bloodstream in a very quick way. When the nicotine enters in your body, then it needs ten seconds to reach your brain. This is causing your brain to release adrenaline which is giving you a buzz of energy and pleasure. But you have noticed that this buzz feeling fades very quickly which makes you feel tired. In this case you want to feel that buzz feeling again. This is the feeling that makes you smoke another cigarette. [1] Your body has a property to build up a high tolerance for the nicotine which means that you will smoke more and more cigarettes because you want to prevent the withdrawal symptoms and to get nicotine’s pleasurable effects. This is a cycle in which you have ups and downs. In this way you start with your smoking addiction. This addiction gets in your body and even when you try to quit smoking you feel that you need to light up just one cigarette. For some people this is a serious problem, but other people can quit of smoking in a very short time. Some people need more than one try to stop smoking. There are many studies in which is shown that teens and children are very sensitive to nicotine which can make them addicted to cigarettes very easily. As someone starts with the smoking in its early ages, then it becomes addicted to smoking. Also there was a study in which was shown that 3 in 4 high school smokers have become smoking addicts in their adulthood [2].

Parts of smoking addiction

This action included addiction in three parts:

  • Addiction to nicotine: There are thousands of chemicals in the cigarettes and the nicotine is one of them. This is an addictive chemical which is making you withdrawal symptoms in the first period when you stop smoking. The smoking addiction has side effect of this physical part. There are some products which can help you to reduce cravings such as lozenges, gum and nicotine patches. [3]
  • Habit: When you start to smoke cigarettes, then you do not want to quit it. You think that this is a good habit. When you are smoking you cannot do one every day routine without thinking that you need to go out and smoke cigarette. Also the smoking is taking part of every routine you take for example when you talk on the phone, after a meal or with a coffee. Also when you have some habit, then this habit creates cravings or needs. You are training your brain that you cannot do any single activity without taking a cigarette. [4]
  • Emotions: Emotion can also trigger your smoking. Some people start to smoke when they are feeling angry or sad. Others start to smoke because they are bored or to take a break when they feel tired. Also in many cases we feel uncomfortable which leads to start smoking cigarettes. [5]

Smoking addiction

You should know the reasons why you have started smoking and why you smoke now. This will help you to make a plan how to quit from this bad habit.

Why are cigarettes addictive? Cigarettes makers know that nicotine is addiction which can sell their products. In the last period we have noticed that cigarettes have more nicotine than before. Also these companies are using some additives and chemicals which are making the people addictive to cigarettes. When you start to quit cigarettes, then you can feel many symptoms such as nicotine cravings, irritability, fatigue and headaches. In this world the number of people who have died is increasing compared with the number of people who have died of traffic accidents, firearms, infectious diseases, substance abuse and the obesity. You should quit smoking because smoking addiction can trigger respiratory problems, increase the risk of lung cancer, can make you get diabetes type 2, can cause you low fertility etc. [6]

These are some conditions of the Smoking addiction


[1] Albin A. One e-cigarette with nicotine leads to adrenaline changes in nonsmokers’ hearts. UCLA Newsroom. 2017. Retrieved from

[2] American Cancer Society. Why people start smoking and why it’s hard to stop. Retrieved from

[3] Wadgave U, Nagesh L. Nicotine replacement therapy: An overview. International Journal of Health Sciences. 2016;10(3):425–35.

[4] American Friends of Tel Aviv University. Smoking mind over smoking matter: Surprising new study shows cigarette cravings result from habit, not addiction. Science Daily. 2010. Retrieved from

[5] Smith JF. Harvard researchers help explain link between emotion and addictive substance use. Harvard Kennedy School. 2020. Retrieved from

[6] Gometz ED. Health effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2011. Retrieved from


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