With the advances in scientific researches, scientists have been able to enumerate a number of addicting substance consumed in various forms in the society. With this done one other thing that came in mind was to be able to compare them in terms addicting potential and popularity. Though any given results have been found to be greatly dependent on culture and geographical location, it has been agreed that Nicotine is one of the most addicting substances known.
Nicotine is a chemical substance found in the tobacco plant and its products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco and snuff). Nicotine addiction comes about by the consumption of any of these substances. The most popular of these forms are cigarettes and cigars which are greatly advertised in movies and other shows. They owe their popularity to the fact that through these forms, nicotine is quickly delivered to the brain. Therefore the sensation of pleasure addicts intended to get is acquired easily.
In the most popular forms of nicotine which are cigarettes and cigars, one of their common features is that it effects in the body can be branched into
For decades now smokers have been told, and have told others, that tobacco is very addictive, and that because of this addiction quitting smoking will necessarily be difficult and they will go through awful withdrawal symptoms. Yet, if you look at smoking from a behavioral perspective and compare it to drug addictions, the problem doesn’t really seem to be a matter of addiction to nicotine. All the behavioral evidence leads one to the conclusion that the real problem with quitting smoking lies elsewhere.
In a true physical addiction one develops a tolerance for the drug, thus needing more and more of it over time. But smokers build up to smoking a certain number of cigarettes a day and then stay at that number for the rest of their lives (or vary it up or down as desired). Furthermore, someone who is addicted to a drug such as heroin, who hasn’t had his/her fix in a while, will have horrible withdrawal symptoms. They shake, sweat, have heart palpitations, nausea and hallucinations. Now have you ever seen anyone who was quitting smoking go through that? They might get a little grumpy, but they don’t go through anything like someone with a real chemical addiction.
People who live around smokers sometimes develop lung cancer from the second-hand smoke. There is so much nicotine in the smoke they’re breathing in that they develop cancer (and even die sometimes), yet it never makes non-smokers addicted to smoking.