Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nicotine Addiction: Myths Vs Facts

How do you separate truth from fiction about nicotine addiction i.e. smoking addiction? Is smoking as deadly as they make it sound to be? If it so deadly, why are there still so many people doing it and why is the tobacco industry still expanding so rapidly? Here are some of the nicotine myths proven wrong.

Myth 1: Compulsive smoker are weak. That is why they can’t quit.

Compulsive smokers have a problem. Their problem is that they are addicted to smoking. Like any other addiction, it alters the brain. The brain is altered in a way that it needs nicotine to get through a normal day. When they do try to quit, the withdrawal symptoms kick in and smoking addicts look worst off when trying to quit than before. In order to quit, it takes dedication and a lot of persistence along with some positive support from family and friends.

Myth 2: Smoking is not an addiction

Contrary to what manufacturers have been saying for years, nicotine is highly addictive. Some nicotine addicts have claimed that quitting illegal drugs is easier than quitting smoking. Smoking addiction is as real as any other addiction. Since it is not illegal, many people underestimate the seriousness of a smoking addiction.

Myth 3: Nicotine cessation products are the only way to quit smoking.

Nicotine cessation products are not the only way to quit. There are plenty of support groups around and there are also some smoking addicts who have managed to quit without resorting nicotine replacement therapy. These products are only ways to reduce the nicotine cravings. Awareness and education are more powerful tools that a smoking addict can use to quit smoking.

In conclusion, smoking addiction is serious concern. Quitting is never easy but it is not impossible. With commitment, awareness, education and support, even the most hardened smoking addicts can have lasting freedom from their smoking addiction.