You can divide the effects of smoking into two groups. Some could be called positive, but most are (very) negative and, in the long run, life-threatening.
Why do people smoke regardless of the effects of smoking?
The main reason is simple: they like it. Or they liked it when they started, and now they can’t give it up.
Others may say because of nicotine, tobacco’s best-known ingredient. It’s a powerful substance with a high “feel-good factor.”
Nicotine reaches the brain in only ten seconds from inhaling your cigarette smoke. It causes feelings of relaxation and calmness, but also alertness. Blood pressure and heart rate are almost immediately raised when you inhale tobacco smoke, and the blood flow to body extremities such as the fingers and toes decreases.
At higher doses, it strengthens the effect of serotonin and opiate activity, resulting in a painkilling effect. It also reduces appetite and raises metabolism. Dizziness, watery eyes, and nausea are possible side effects.
The health effects of smoking such as an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory infections, are long-term. Radioactive components and chemicals also present in tobacco or formed during the combustion of tobacco cause most of the health risks.
Addiction to Smoking
Nicotine has short-term effects, but contrary to popular belief, it does not make people feel addicted to cigarettes. The habit is hard to quit because of psychological reasons, not physiological ones.
Yet, once people stop smoking, they quickly feel deprived of something. So, if nicotine is not the cause, why are people addicted?
Simple. It’s a habit, and habits are hard to stop.
Also, people smoke because it makes it easier to cope with unpleasant feelings. And that’s where hypnosis comes in.
Hypnotherapy is an effective method to quit smoking as it can change the smoker’s attitude towards his habit by influencing the subconscious mind.