Nicotene Addiction

from WhyQuit.comAddiction to Smoking – Nicotine a Mental Illness” by John R. Polito

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These photos of 34 year-old Bryan Lee Curtis were taken 66 days apart.
As shown, small cell lung cancer is extremely aggressive. One-quarter
of adult smokers are claimed by their addiction during middle-age.

People who have schizophrenia commonly hear voices, while dependent smokers sense wanting for more nicotine. Although the title of this article sounds horrible, romanticizing smoking while denying the existence or true nature of dependency dooms millions to early graves. The good news is that freedom from nicotine is vastly more rewarding than the dread-filled message playing inside the fooled addict’s captive mind.

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse - Image NIDAAccording to Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “drug addiction is a mental illness. It is a complex brain disease characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable drug craving, seeking, and use despite devastating consequences – behaviors that stem from drug-induced changes in brain structure and function.”

Five million smokers annually smoke themselves to death. Every puff destroys additional tissues while introducing up to 81 cancer causing chemicals. Smoking claims half of adult smokers and is projected to kill one billion before century’s end. Here in the U.S., males claimed by smoking lose an average of 13 years of life, while females lose 14. Frankly, there’s no nice way of saying it. Smokers are committing slow suicide, and they know it. But why?

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