Your physical addiction to nicotine.
Over 13 million smokers try to quit each year, yet less than 5% of those who attempt to quit unaided are cigarette-free after 6-12 months. For one simple reason: a nicotine addiction is harder to beat than most people realize. Nicotine from smoking changes the structure and function of your brain. When the brain stops getting the nicotine it's used to, you begin feeling strong withdrawal cravings. You think you want a cigarette when, actually, your brain wants nicotine.
Let's take a look at how nicotine addiction works. Each puff on a cigarette sends nicotine to the brain within 10 seconds. Immediately, we feel more alert and calm. It feels good, so we have another puff. And another. Soon the brain's chemical structure actually changes. It becomes hooked into wanting more and more nicotine to make the effects last.
With Nicorette® stop smoking products you may wonder if you are just trading one addiction for another. There's a big difference between Nicorette and cigarettes. Nicorette provides a controlled amount of nicotine to your system at a slower, less intense pace than cigarettes. And it's a therapeutic form of nicotine, without any of the harmful toxins contained in cigarette smoke — no tar, no carcinogens, no carbon monoxide. You use it for a short period and gradually reduce your use of Nicorette over the course of treatment until your body no longer needs cigarettes.
The facts about nicotine addiction.
- Nicotine causes a release of dopamine into the brain, resulting in feelings of pleasure. Heroin and "crack" have the same effects on the brain.
- Over time, more nicotine is needed to reach the same level of pleasure.
- If the brain stops getting the nicotine it wants, you'll feel desperate cravings that are hard to overcome with willpower alone.
How Nicorette helps calm cravings.
Nicorette stop smoking products provide a controlled amount of nicotine to your system replacing, some of the nicotine your body and brain are used to getting. Nicorette is the safe, gradual way to wean your body off highly addictive nicotine.
NEXT: Your Psychological Addiction.