Nicotine side effects - the unpleasurables.


Nicotine side effects are a reality to many who smoke. When a puff is taken or tobacco chewed nicotine rushes to the brain in a matter of seconds to accomplish the most sought after result in smokers; pleasure. A feeling of rest, comfort, concentration and alertness is experienced.

In all this pleasure which usually lasts a few minutes due to the "evaporative" nature of nicotine once it enters the body; severe and agonizing side effects follow. These are unintended occurrences that follow the so called pleasure in tobacco.

Nicotine specific side effects related to actual nicotine use

Nicotine side effects - Addiction: The FDA considers nicotine addiction a disease. There is a select few; way few in number who can not be addicted to nicotine due to genetics. The vast majority of nicotine users suffer from addiction.

Nicotine targets particular parts of the brain were it creates severe addiction. This is the reason why people fail to quit smoking. For those who quit many relapse. The key is however in keeping trying.

Dependency: A terrible ending to something considered pleasurable. Nicotine creates untold dependency in the user which might manifest via slight shacking of limbs or shivering. Ordinary functioning becomes an uphill gigantic task.

Loss of appetite: Many people who smoke hardly have normal appetite. They usually eat just for the sake of eating to keep their bodies alive. For this reason some can afford to skip nutritious meals leading to loss of weight. On quitting people often gain some weight due to increased appetite and a return to normal eating patterns.

Compromised sense of smell and taste: Closely linked to the point above, a nicotine addict suffers from compromised senses of taste and smell. This indirectly affects their interest in food and drink.

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Nicotine side effects - Bad breadth: Nicotine addicts who take in nicotine via cigarette smoking will inevitably suffer from embarrassingly bad breath. Bad breadth is associated with periodontal disease which often happens in people who smoke or chew tobacco.

Nicotine side effects - Loss of hair: People addicted to nicotine may progressively loose their hair and endure generally poor hair health. Nicotine frustrates arteries which are ultimately relied upon by your scalp to deliver blood enriched with oxygen and nutrients for good hair growth and maintenance.

Increased heart beat: A dangerous development for people with a pre-existing heart condition or disease or labile hypertension. Nicotine beats the heart to an unusual 20 beats more per minute sending shock waves to an already strained heart. The end result might be a heart attack.

Increased blood pressure: Nicotine puts your blood pressure into over-drive. This is alarming for people with a heart condition or disease.

Stained fingers: Your fingers will usually get stained as you are smoking. They will gradually become so stained it becomes embarrassing to pick from a shared plate. So much as to destroy other people's appetite.

Nicotine side effects related to overdose

The side effects mentioned above are specific side effects related to the use of nicotine. They have nothing to do with nicotine withdrawal or overdose.

The following side effects are specifically associated with nicotine overdose.

  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Irregular racing heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Hearing and sight problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pains

These symptoms are a warning shot for immediate medical attention.


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