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What Nicotine Does to Your Body

Nicotine is a stimulant found in the tobacco plant, it’s one of the most addictive drugs in the United States. The surgeon general suggests nicotine to be just as addicting as cocaine and heroin, making it a tough habit to quit. In recent times fewer people over age 18 are smoking cigarettes, however smoking is still cause of most preventable tobacco related deaths in the United States today. Nicotine can change the chemistry in the brain, raising the risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, and major depressive disorder. Nicotine also causes the skin to age prematurely by restricting blood vessels which prevents nutrients from getting to the skin. Using nicotine also affects the heart, causing increased blood pressure, narrow arteries, and a higher risk of heart attack.

Common Side Effects

  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Heightened mood
  • Improved memory and alertness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased production of saliva and phlegm
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

Using nicotine is bad for the body, brain, and heart, which raises the chance for addiction. One common side effect of quitting tobacco use is withdrawals, your body will crave nicotine making it difficult to not smoke. It will be difficult, but quitting is the best thing for your health. Some professionals recommend picking a quit day and sticking to it. There are also behavioral health therapies and medications that can help people on their journey of nicotine cessation. Support groups may also be of great benefit for those on the path of quitting tobacco. It’s important to talk with your doctor or health care provider in the best treatment options for you.



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