whats so addictive about cigarettes

Discussion in 'General' started by negligent, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. well, after only smokin like a bummed cigarette or 2 a day for a couple weeks i finally gave in and bought a pack today... n u know what, cigarettes kinda suck, cuz they dont taste good or nothin, dont do nothin either... so what the hell do i smoke em for.. i dunno, my struggle continues i guess haha
  2. smoking them and getting nothing out of it..... maybe you're addicted and you don't even know it :p
  3. Force of habit maybe? Cigs are addictive because of nicotine
  4. Nicotine?
  5. well it would be nicotine

    except i dont get any lil withdrawl symptoms, i just like to inhale and exhale smoke

    hell, even a nicotine free cigarette would work for when i think i need a cigarette, its just the smoke factor

    and cuz it lets me sit on my ass for 5 minutes at work when i finish doin somethin
  6. i just realized you have bling bling as your avatar...hahahah "HEY GIRL CAN YOU SAY BLING BLING"

    anyway, its a habit with mild nicotine addiction...i mean, im fine bodily wise without a cigarette..but i start chewing on stuff thats cigarette shaped...pens and the such...
  7. If you didn't say that I would have never noticed.
  8. It's something to do (While driving, walking, etc) so when you do it at these times, and with friends, you get in to a habit. Its something to do on the way to work so you arent too bored in the car. And i'd imagine that there is some subconcious reason because you are showing how you don't necessarlity care too much about your health. This probably pleases you when you see people seeing you smoking (not just neg in general i'm just takling). ALso when with friends and they lit up you usually feel that you are bonding somehow.
  9. i just like the act of smoking and cigs are cheaper then bud
  10. damn, you pretty much nailed that straight on. i get those feelings sometimes. i love cigs :(

  11. thats why you grow your own dope, free of charge and free of like 100 carcinogenic chemicals
  12. Like everyone else has said, its a combo of nicotine and boredom. People just like to fiddle around with stuff. You see people text messaging, twirling pens, smoking, and tapping their toes all the time. We are the ADD generation, we cant sit still. Plus, it looks cool. No one wants to be the guy who is just standing around doing nothing. We have to pretend like we have something going on like smoking or talking on the cell phone.
  13. Its cause they're so good. Heh.
    I dono, I could see myself getting addicted, but I make myself not. I like the buzz and the chilling effect, and I love the act of smoking, different ways of holding, inhaling, exhaling, snuffing, etc.
    But I never smoke to relieve a craving. If I feel like I want a smoke really bad, or need it, I play a game with myself, seeing how long I can hold off. After a while I forget the craving, and next time I feel like it I light up.
    Its like thinking of a color, but not red. Of course you focus on red. I wait till I forget about focusing OR red, then I can smoke again.
    I dono.

  14. haha uhhhh, why the hell would i be pleased that people look at me n think "he doesnt care about his health AT ALL, thats fuckin RAD!!! shaka brah"

    haha but theres obviously a reason i wanna quit, n it aint cuz i cant afford em, its cuz i wanna get my lungs back on the level, so if thats my goal, how would bein unhealthy please me?
  15. You'll understand once you reach the point where you NEED to have something to smoke. I'm at the stage where I find myself making imaginary cigarette-dragging actions due to having a craving to puff on something.
  16. I chew the inside of my cheek. Sometimes I chew it ragged. :(
  17. Dude, I have been smoking cigarettes for one year on and off every month or two...never got addicted.

  18. Im gonna +rep you if I can. I smoke too, but it's definatly an addiction. I enjoy smoking. Whether it's Hookah, Bud ( not anymore :() or straight newports. It's just something to do.
  19. Haha, I noticed this weekend, I was outside the back at work, smoking a cig..and this guy was talking on the phone next to me, having this whole conversation with someone, he pretended to hang up when I noticed I heard the.."This call cannot be completed as dialed." I laughed about it all night..
  20. This is a good read about nicotine addiction explained:


    Nicotine is addictive, which is why most smokers tend to do it regularly. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, even at the risk of negative health consequences. Most smokers know that tobacco is harmful and express a desire to decrease or end use of it, with nearly 35 million people seriously attempting to quit each year. Unfortunately, most relapse within just a few days, and less than 7 percent of those who try to quit on their own achieve more than a year of abstinence.
    Besides nicotine's addictive properties, other factors to consider include its easy availability, the small number of legal and social consequences of tobacco use and the sophisticated marketing and advertising methods of tobacco companies. These combined with nicotine's addictive properties often lead to first use and, ultimately, addiction.

    Recent research has shown how nicotine acts on the brain. Nicotine activates the circuitry that regulates feelings of pleasure, the so-called reward pathways. Research has shown that nicotine increases the levels of dopamine (a key brain chemical involved in mediating the desire to consume drugs) in the reward circuits. Nicotine's pharmacokinetic properties have been found to enhance its abuse potential. Cigarette smoking produces a rapid distribution of nicotine to the brain, with drug levels peaking within 10 seconds of inhalation. The acute effects of nicotine dissipate within a few minutes, causing the need to continue repeated intake throughout the day.

    A cigarette is a very efficient and highly engineered drug-delivery system. A smoker can get nicotine to the brain very rapidly with every inhalation. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a lit cigarette over a period of 5 minutes. Thus, a person who smokes about one-and-a-half packs (30 cigarettes) each day gets 300 nicotine hits to the brain daily. These factors contribute considerably to nicotine's highly addictive nature.

    Using advanced neuroimaging technology, research is beginning to show that nicotine may not be the only psychoactive ingredient in tobacco. Scientists can see the dramatic effect of cigarette smoking on the brain and are finding a marked decrease in the levels of monoamineoxidase (MAO), an enzyme responsible for breaking down dopamine. The change in MAO must be caused by some tobacco smoke ingredient other than nicotine, since nicotine itself does not dramatically alter MAO levels. The decrease in two forms of MAO, A and B, results in higher dopamine levels. The need to sustain the high dopamine levels results in the desire for repeated drug use.

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