Cigarettes used to come in reeds or tubes when they were first discovered in Central America and Mexico in the 9th century. Today, cigarettes come in small, cylindrical tubes with a stiff filter on one end.
Cigarettes from long ago were made from very few ingredients. Whereas now, most cigarettes are made from various materials. Those present in cigarette smoke alone are different from those inside the actual cigarette filling.
Cigarette smoke exits the cigarette stick in two ways. One is from the end that you light up, and the other is the filter tip that touches the smoker’s lips. Some of the elements that enter the smoker’s body are carbon monoxide, tar, and nicotine.
Aside from those toxic elements, there are still an estimated 60 chemicals in a cigarette’s smoke. These include formaldehyde, aromatic metals, and more, which can harm the body.
How Does One Develop an Addiction?
Nicotine present in cigarettes is an addictive substance that has the ability to alter the balance of noradrenaline and dopamine, chemicals found in the brain.
Once nicotine enters the body and gets to work on these brain chemicals, the smoker’s mood is changed. This may also change his level of concentration, which is one of the main reasons why smokers find the habit enjoyable.
The process happens very quickly. Immediately after a smoker inhales the nicotine, it rushes straight to the brain. This is where the pleasurable effects take over, effectively reducing the smoker’s stress. This is where the addiction to nicotine starts.
How to Stop Smoking
The urge to smoke can be very powerful. In fact, even those who have already decided to quit smoking find themselves smoking one stick or two in an unfortunate relapse. But smoking is not an addiction that cannot be overcome.
Here are some ways you can try to help you finally lay off the addiction.