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Nicotine on the brain

Posted in Smoking 06 Nov, 2010

Today, more and more people are trying to quit smoking. There are countless reasons; from cancer, to heart disease, to infertility and osteoporosis, we know smoking is bad news for the body.

Though most agree that smoking isn’t healthy, many of us aren’t sure of what exactly it is in cigarettes that is so harmful. And for those trying to stop smoking, having a better idea of how nicotine acts in the brain can help motivation to kick the habit for good.

What impact does nicotine have on the brain?

When you inhale a cigarette, your body is flooded with chemicals, and rapid changes take place. Nicotine reaches the brain within 10-15 seconds of entering the bloodstream. It causes a surge of adrenaline, responsible for the “fight or flight response”. Heart rate and blood pressure increase and breathing becomes rapid and shallow. Glucose is dumped into the bloodstream and insulin is blocked, which increases the concentration of blood sugars, causing an increase in the rate of energy burning in the body. Conclusive evidence suggests that smoking causes a build-up of LDL cholesterol, the lethal variety that damages arteries.

How can I quit smoking?

If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and have found little success from regular stop smoking aids, try switching to Champix. These stop smoking pills are the most effective form of smoking cessation treatment available. Visit our quit smoking page and give up in as little as 12 weeks with safe and reliable genuine medication.

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