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Nicotine

Withdrawal Effects

Remove nicotine from the system of a, say, 20-30-year-long smoker and what you get is a person who is a bit slow(er) to grasp things. Happened to me more than once. Do the same thing and the person is probably going to start gaining weight. Happened to me, again and again.

And I am not even going to start here about depressive thoughts creeping in after the initial period of pride and joy for being strong, persistent cigarette quitter and sticking to it. Happened to me as well and described here in more detail.

Well, I have to admit that NRT gums are good at preventing all this: focus impairment, weight gain and mood deterioration. Generally speaking, that's  what this Big Pharma product is good at. It doesn't deliver its promise, though – quitting for good. Come on, BF, five percent is not a success!

Chemical structure and 3d chemical structure of nicotine from Wikipedia

"Inability to concentrate after quitting is reported by many patients, and this leads them to smoke to reduce these impairments" says this article covering a study conducted at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. As if we didn't know that.

The question is not how many more studies are going to be conducted only to prove what we have known for ages. The question is whether and when the personalized quit-smoking therapy is going to be accessible to each one of us. Who's going to live to see that?

According to Wikipedia, cotinine (metabolite of nicotine) is used as an antidepressant. Makes you think, doesn't it? What if some people got hooked on smoking mainly because they have a case of seasonal depression. This one is often overlooked, although it does affect some of us.

And what if some people can't quit cigarettes, no matter how much they try, simply because their body chemistry needs it badly, for the reasons planted once upon the time in their ancestral gene pool, as the study above suggests?


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