Name: Jake Dav...
From: Chino Valley, AZ
School: Chino Valley High School
Nicotine Addiction and Prevention
As a nation, part of us really wants to help people with addictions and help them prosper in his or her life. However, the other part does not care about what happens to those who are addicted to anything; whether it be life-threatening or not. In this case, nicotine addiction has enveloped many Americans in their daily lives. An addiction that can be prevented and treated with the right information.
To give you just a small glimpse of what this addiction is, nicotine is a chemical most frequently found in tobacco products that produces a “feel good” feeling in your brain. However, it goes away over time; which makes the user want more of it. One of the symptoms of nicotine addiction is that it is hard to stop smoking, since smoking has a lot of nicotine in it. This is a huge problem because if you have too much nicotine, it could have devastating effects on your mind and body. For example, you could contract lung cancer or lung diseases like chronic bronchitis. When you smoke, it also increases your chance of having diabetes. This is because insulin resistance goes up when you smoke, thus making you more likely to have diabetes. It’s worse still if you give in to your nicotine addiction and smoke while you are pregnant. If that is the case, you are at a greater risk of having a preterm delivery or a baby with a lower body weight at birth; both of which can cause complications for your baby.
As terrible as it is, you can still prevent yourself from being a nicotine addict. The best way to avoid this is by not using tobacco in the first place. It sounds very simple, however, that is not the case; hence why it is such a big addiction in the US. Research also shows that the main reason that children smoke and use nicotine is because they see their parents do it, so they imitate them. In turn, if parents do not smoke and use nicotine or they are successful at quitting their smoking and nicotine habits, their children are less likely to smoke or use nicotine when they are older. If you are already addicted to smoking and nicotine, one option that you can do is to try nicotine replacement therapy. This may include you using nicotine gums or nasal sprays to help overcome the intense cravings. You could also take prescribed non-nicotine and non-smoking medications to help eventually stop the urge of getting your hands on real nicotine.
In conclusion, nicotine addiction is one of the US’s most problematic addictions that we have to face. There are many people that want to help you with your addiction, such as friends, family and health professionals across the nation. However, there are also people that do not care if you have an addiction, like a junkie or someone that is trapped within their ever-lasting loop of nicotine addiction. With the right actions taken, you can learn how to live with and overcome your addiction of nicotine.