The Fundamentals

Nicotine is a poisonous alkaloid found in all parts of the tobacco plant, but especially the leaves. A colorless, oily fluid when pure, it becomes brown with the characteristic tobacco smell once exposed to air. Nicotine is one of the most toxic and addictive of all poisons. The absolute amount of nicotine in each cigarette is 8-9 mg and represents 1.5%-2.5% of the weight. Blood nicotine level rises within 10-15 seconds after each puff. Cigarette filters reduce exposure to tar, but not to nicotine. Smokers generally experience withdrawal symptoms once their daily nicotine levels fall below 5 mg. Nicotine is an extremely toxic substance that acts as quickly as cyanide. A fatal dose for an adult is estimated to be less than 5 mg/kg body weight.

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igarette smoking is perhaps the hardest addiction to kick. Ask any smoker. Many researchers equate nicotine addiction to heroin. While there are countless "stop-smoking" products and techniques out there, as the saying goes "You're not going to quit until YOU want to quit." With all the information available on the dangers of smoking, including nicotine addiction, lung cancer, low-birth weight for infants, and secondhand smoke-related cancers, it's surprising that anyone still does smoke. Regardless, there are plenty of us who "really want to", but realize the difficulty of just putting them down.
Nicotine binds to specific receptor sites in the brain which causes mood changes. When an individual tries to quit, withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, insomnia, and even depression begin. There are several herbs that are helpful in dealing with some of these symptoms. Scullcap, Kava, Licorice, and Schizandra are all anxiety- and stress-relievers. Once an individual has stopped smoking, increased coughing and mucous production may go on for weeks to months. Licorice also nourishes the adrenal glands, eases lung symptoms by fighting inflammation and soothing irritated tissues, and aids in expelling mucous. Schizandra also tones the lungs and eases cough. Mullein tones the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, speeds healing of damaged tissues, and soothes irritated lungs. Studies have shown that Turmeric aids in removing the carcinogens in your body from smoking, and if insomnia is a problem during the quitting phase, Valerian Root and Passion Flower both contain sedative compounds that aid in a restful sleep. Valerian Root also relaxes tense muscles.
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