The psychological effects of smoking are hardly ever discussed.
Most people don’t have a clue as to what they’re getting themselves into when they decide to start smoking, so let’s start off with addressing the way the tobacco industry and our governments approach it.
We’ve all seen the anti-smoking advertisement campaigns where they try to show you that smoking tobacco cigarettes can be “harmful” to your health – but they tend to omit the psychological effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes.
You’re probably asking, “What does this have to do with e-cigs?” – No worries, we’ll get to that…
The Psychological Effects Of Smoking Tobacco Cigarettes Do Matter!
When you smoke a tobacco cigarette, you get a high. Some people may try to debate this, but it’s true. From the moment that you pick up a cigarette and inhale the toxic ingredients that are within it you are very likely to become hooked. This is just what the tobacco industry wants.
Why? They are looking for repetitive consumption where you are coming back for more…. but this is just one of the psychological side effects of smoking tobacco. The other side effects are a bit more “in-depth psychological matters” that can often lead to a disorder of some sort. We’ve outlined them below:
- Addiction – Tobacco is often described as addictive. However it is really only the nicotine within tobacco that is addictive. Nicotine is a very addictive substance. After repeated use it can start to affect your brain to the point where you become dependent on it. Nicotine has been proven to cause certain alterations in normal functioning where you can start to feel like you can’t function without it. Hence, you can’t quit or will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
- Anxiety – There are people that swear up and down that smoking helps to calm their nerves and anxiety. Case studies have shown this to be true and the results also show that anybody with an existing anxiety disorder will find it significantly more difficult to quit. Once you light up a traditional cigarette you will often find that the anxiety subsides, if only for a few minutes. Once the high from the nicotine starts to diminish it’s time to light up again. For the highly stressed smoker this can actually be very harmful to their health; especially if they are constantly finding themselves experiencing stressful situations. If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety on a regular basis, you’re going to be smoking more often, which means you’ll not only be increasing your nicotine tolerance but also how many cigarettes you smoke. As an added bonus, you will also be increasing the costs associated with your habit. Plus, do we have to mention that your government, the same government that mandates cigarettes are OK to sell… (although they will tell you at the same time that they are dangerous for your health) likes to constantly increase the prices associated with tobacco.Just remember: there are 4,000 + ingredients in every cigarette you light up, many of which are toxic to a balanced and vibrant bio-ecosystem. Okay, so we made that word up… but it gets the point across.
- Pleasure – The pleasure of lighting up a tobacco cigarette is often described as “enlightening”. It’s a relief for people to pick up a cigarette and lighter and say to themselves – this is going to make everything okay, then prepare for lift off to a world of happy feelings and calmness. This process of making yourself believe that the cigarette is the end to all of your anxiety and stress creates a self realization that your happiness can then only be achieved through the act of smoking, thus the actions of smoking like hand to mouth and seeing the visual presence of the smoke play an enormous part in your overall satisfaction. Without these satisfaction triggers, many (if not all) people say that they can’t experience the overall pleasure that smoking provides them.
So, If You Try To Take Away All Three Of These Physiological/Psychological Pleasures…
What Do You Have?
- Withdrawals – The withdrawals people feel from nicotine can be vicious when you look at the psychological effects. To quit smoking cold turkey can be easy or difficult depending on the person, but for the sake of this article we’re assuming you’re already heavily dependent on your cigarettes. If you’re a heavy smoker and you were to quit smoking cold turkey you would most likely have a difficult time. Everyone enjoys their casual cigarette after their meal or having a few drinks and lighting up.
Then of course you’ve got the habit of lighting up in the car for every drive – you won’t leave the driveway til you’ve lit up. If you’re anything like us at ECCR – We like our morning coffee with a/n
cigarette e-cigarette. When stuff like this comes to an immediate halt, the psychological effect leaves you feeling like your missing something throughout your day. This is just one example of a psychological effect you may experience during a withdrawal.
Other symptoms include: Headache, Nausea, Constipation or diarrhea, Falling heart rate and blood pressure, Fatigue, Irritability, Difficulty concentrating, Anxiety, Depression.
What most people describe as “pleasure” could really be defined as – “smoking that cigarette made the nasty withdrawal symptoms go away”. Well… I guess that could be defined as “pleasurable”… but most times pleasure is not defined as the absence of pain… but more so the addition of an actual pleasurable experience. Don’t get the two confused.
Using E-cigs to Quit Smoking?
NOTE: Using electronic cigarettes is not recognized as a safer alternative to smoking in the United States. If you are one of our UK readers, the UK does recognize vaping as being safer than smoking. Research is ongoing.
In summary, does any of this seem to be worth pursuing? We don’t think so. Hopefully you don’t either. This is where electronic cigarettes come into play. With electronic cigarettes, you’re going to experience all of the same psychological effects that tobacco cigarettes provide. However, it’s going to be a different type of tobacco product. While the FDA does not recognize using vaping to quit smoking, they are researching the subject as we speak.
With 4 ingredients as opposed to the 7,000+ different ingredients tobacco cigarettes contain, the electronic cigarette is significantly more beneficial to you. Some of you are willing to admit that you’re not looking to quit smoking… but you’re reading this blog for a reason. Why not take as many as 3996 of the hazardous chemicals out of the equation while it still matters?
Just remember: The best decision is to quit smoking altogether… but if you’ve tried and can’t seem to overcome it… or you just want to keep smoking and find another less harmful alternative –