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Nicotine: An Addictive Substance

Nicotine: An Addictive Substance

Nicotine is an addictive substance that is found in cigarettes and chewing tobacco. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse each year, nearly half a million Americans die from tobacco use.


One cigarette contains about 10 milligrams of nicotine. When someone smokes a cigarette they are getting about 1-2 milligrams of nicotine every time they smoke. Nicotine is absorbed through the body and each time an individual smokes or chews tobacco they are getting a small amount of nicotine, that once absorbed, goes strait to the brain.
When nicotine is absorbed and the drug travels to the brain, this causes a flood of dopamine in the smoker's brain. It's this flood of dopamine that gives the smoker intense feelings of pleasure. In less than an hour, the effects of nicotine are usually gone but this is when many will crave more nicotine. This will lead to more and more use of the drug as well as nicotine addiction.

Those that are addicted to nicotine will experience withdrawal symptoms including depression and irritability.


If nicotine is taken alone it is a very toxic chemical that causes nicotine poisoning. Nicotine poisoning causes headaches, difficulty breathing, pains, vomiting and nausea and even seizures.


If you or someone you know wants more information on nicotine addiction call Narconon Arrowhead Drug Rehab now at 800-468-6933.

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