Tobacco is the most common addiction in the world, Far surpassing all other drugs combined. Of course, when something is legal, the perception of danger among consumers decreases a lot.
Beyond that, there are some uncomfortable truths about smoking, such as:
Tobacco kills about half of the people who use it.
Each year, more than 8 million people die from smoking. Of these, just over 7 million deaths are caused by direct consumption, and about 1.2 million are indirect deaths resulting from unintentional exposure to cigarette smoke.
This is data from the World Health Organization. In addition to these truths, there are a series of lies that those who profit from smoking to keep people addicted and continue to earn money at its expense. In this article, I discuss some of the most common misconceptions about tobacco.
The 4 lies about tobacco that keep you addicted
If you smoke, you probably believe these myths about tobacco addiction.
1. You like to smoke
This is arguably the most common lie of all. Millions of people around the world definitely believe they enjoy the action of smoking. However, if someone asks them if they would buy their children their first packet of tobacco, they all say no.
The Hollywood film industry has also promoted and perpetuated the belief that smoking is enjoyed. As you read this you are sure to think of a multitude of mythical characters who have used tobacco during their adventures, associating tobacco with ideas such as success, strength, sensuality …
However, if we put all this deceptive decoration and advertising aside, we find that the cigarette itself brings absolutely nothing to the person who uses it (except to empty his pocket and fill his lungs with poison). It’s an addicting process disguised as fun.
2. And relax
Cigarettes are loaded with a multitude of addictive stimulants. From a chemical point of view, smoking tobacco only emphasizes more.
It is true that many people experience a subjective feeling of relaxation. But this is not because tobacco relaxes them, but because it calms the nicotine withdrawal syndrome.
Nicotine is the addictive substance that keeps people from smoking all the time. After 30 minutes of lighting the cigar and giving us the dose of the drug, the levels of nicotine in the blood begin to decrease as the body begins to remove this substance from the body.
Our brain, by detecting that nicotine levels in the blood are decreasing, activates the withdrawal syndrome monkey. ”These are unpleasant (hunger-like) bodily sensations that motivate the person to seek more nicotine than to administer (in the same way that the brain prompts us to seek more food when it detects a low level of nicotine. blood sugar).
When we are given nicotine, we don’t experience relaxation from everyday stress or a bad day at work. We only feel the relief from withdrawal or monkey syndrome that the previous cigarette produced for us. I with each cigarette, the process begins again. This is because of the addiction caused by nicotine.
This is why most smokers cannot go more than an hour or two without taking their medication. They are looking for relief from the physical discomfort that they themselves continuously cause.
3.gain fat if you let it
Quitting smoking does not harm your metabolism. On the contrary, it heals him. The reason some people gain weight by quitting smoking is simple: they feel the discomfort of the withdrawal syndrome the first few days, it makes them stressed and they eat more food (Or with more fat) to soothe that subjective feeling of stress.
People gain weight because they use food for stress relief – quitting smoking doesn’t make them gain weight.
4. I can quit smoking whenever I want
If this were true, smokers would no longer exist.
smokers they use this excuse to maintain a sense of control and an image. The reality is that they don’t feel empowered enough to quit, and they often feel scared and embarrassed about the possibility of trying to quit and failing.
That’s why they prefer to say that they don’t really want to quit smoking. The sad reality is that they often feel helpless.
Quitting smoking is easy, if you know how
Willpower is not enoughOtherwise there would be no more smokers in the world. The best thing to do is to contact a professional to walk you through the process and help you take the most appropriate action for you.
I am an addiction psychologist and I work with people every day who want to feel free from smoking again. I also offer an online smoking cessation course, which only my subscribers can access. To learn more about my services, visit my website luismiguelreal.es