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The Truth About Nicotine

Smokers (you?) have been brainwashed to believe that quitting smoking has to be a very difficult process, requiring incredible willpower and strength of character to accomplish.

Even the U.S. government supports this concept. All who subscribe to this belief say that nicotine is perhaps the most addictive drug in existence, even more than heroin or cocaine. I have read many papers by highly educated individuals who supply charts and graphs and case studies supporting this postulation.

You may have tried to simply walk away from smoking yourself, and found it so difficult that it has reinforced this belief in you.

Almost every method being sold on the market today points to the nicotine addiction and shows ways to sublimate nicotine addiction with nicotine replacements, deny it with cold turkey methods, or block it with hypnotic suggestions. There is even a very popular method now growing across country that promotes cold laser acupuncture.

I believe none of these methods address the real core issue with smoking.

Certainly it is an addictive drug. But it has nowhere near the power to compel behavior that has been attributed to it.

How could nicotine hold an addictive power over someone twenty years after they have smoked their last cigarette? Yet I know of a man who succumbed to his craving for a smoke after all that time. Could he possibly have still been addicted to nicotine? Of course not.

In fact, as few as four cigarettes per day will satisfy the need for nicotine in even the most addicted smokers.

I am not saying that a three pack a day smoker could simply drop back to four cigarettes per day and be satisfied. What I am saying is that of the sixty or so cigarettes smoked by that person, only four to six of them were needed to fill the nicotine addiction. The rest were needed to fulfill the psychological addiction.

Think of this. What if you were to find a willing test subject that had never used heroin or nicotine.

You put a heroin patch with sufficient amount of the drug to addict on the subject's left arm, and another with nicotine, equally strong, on the right arm, and changed them everyday.

At the end of thirty days, you told the subject that they could now only keep one of the patches for the next thirty days.

Which patch do you think they would opt to keep?


Of course they would keep the heroin patch. The nicotine patch would promote nowhere near the euphoric feelings that the heroin would.

In fact, I don't believe there is any euphoric feeling from ingesting nicotine through any method. You can smoke it (cigarettes and cigars), snort it (snuff), chew it (chewing tobacco), or even inject it. It won't feel like heroin.

The only "good feeling" one gets from their "fix" of nicotine is the relaxation of not needing another dose at the moment.

Hardly worth spending your hard earned money and God given health for, do you think?

Since 12/11/07
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