Emotional Effects of Smoking

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The emotional effects of smoking make it difficult for smokers to quit and non-smokers to understand. Interestingly enough, according to WebMD and Medical News Today, both non-smokers and smokers experience emotional reactions to cigarette smoke and nicotine. Not surprisingly, those emotional reactions are different.

Satisfaction

Smokers experience satisfaction when inhaling on a cigarette or receiving a dose of nicotine. The sensation of satisfaction is directly related to reducing the stress associated with the nicotine craving. Unsurprisingly, non-smokers experience irritation and impatience when exposed to cigarette smoke or nicotine.

Energized

Nicotine is a stimulant. Smoking cigarettes energizes smokers and helps them wake up in the morning. Non-smokers experience a similar energizing effect from nicotine.

Stress

Smokers experience high amounts of stress when prevented from smoking. This effect is usually caused by the depletion of nicotine in the system and exacerbates other common stressors. Non-smokers experience stress when subjected to smoke.

Weary

Smokers tend to feel weary and sluggish when deprived of cigarettes and nicotine. This is related to the stimulant effect of nicotine.

Pleasure

Smokers who spend all day working in an office or flying on a plane experience pleasure when lighting up a cigarette. The pleasure spikes even before they inhale the first lung full of smoke. The pleasure is related to the ‘expectation’ of relief and release associated with nicotine deprivation.

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