Nicotine Poisoning

Looking at the common causes, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures.

A rise in the extent of health consciousness has given the many people a desire to learn about the brutal effects of nicotine. Thus, millions of people are trying sincerely and seriously to give up the addiction to nicotine. However, the concept of nicotine poisoning has been yet to gain that much popularity. If truth be told, the majority of consumers of nicotine products will not believe that nicotine can even cause poisoning. But, it is a fact, and millions of people are getting affected by nicotine poison. Hence, it makes sense to discuss about this topic so that people can develop better knowledge on the effects of such poisoning, and take the suitable remedial measures.

Explained in simple terms, nicotine poisoning refers to the toxic effects, triggered by nicotine, subsequent to ingestion, inhalation as well as skin contact with nicotine. This holds the potential to get to a threatening state, however fatal or serious overdose happens rarely. In the majority of instances with poisoning of nicotine, it appears as the consequence of using nicotine as insecticides.
In recent times, nicotine poison cases appear in the form of “Green Tobacco Sickness” or as the result of ingesting tobacco based products or plants, containing nicotine.

People, harvesting or cultivating tobacco are more likely to suffer from Green Tobacco Sickness. This is a form of poisoning that happens due to the contact of the wet tobacco leaves with the skin of the cultivators. Instances of tobacco poisoning are most frequently observed in young and inexperienced tobacco harvesters, even if they are not consuming tobacco-based products in any forms. This way the count of victims of tobacco poisoning is rising constantly across the globe.

How One Can Ingest Nicotine?

Before discussing about the poisoning of nicotine, one needs to consider the probable ways for inhalation of nicotine. When you take a puff, nicotine enters the bloodstream, skin and hair. However, for ingesting nicotine, one require consuming e-liquid cigarette, nicotine gums or nicotine patch directly. Such instances are most likely to take place in the households with nicotine consumers and even little children around. In such cases, there are risks that the child may get access to nicotine based products and start consuming it directly, which can be very fatal.
Though, anyone can suffer from poisoning from nicotine as an outcome from ingesting it, the little ones stand more vulnerable to this threat. Their immune system is not that developed as in adults, and thus, it becomes very hard for children to fight the adverse effects of nicotine. Hence, the nicotine poisoning symptoms in the infants will take more acute conditions.

Nicotine ingestion is just like you smoked numerous cigarettes or, taking nicotine patches in a series, all at a go. The majority of users of nicotine-based products will not suffer the same effects, compared to the probable effects that are likely to appear in cases of ingestion into the body system. Thus, there will be differences in the symptoms of nicotine poisoning observed in these cases individually.

How Dangerous is Nicotine?

The consequences of smoking on health have been documented extensively and now, people are aware that this dangerous habit triggers the chances for Lung Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease, cause infections in the lung, enhance the risk of allergies, as well as COPD, asthma and various other ailments. However, there is always a question about nicotine being the main culprit beyond all these troubles.

In this context, it will be especially relevant to state that the majority of the threats that are assumed to be rising from smoking, actually rises from the smoke and the chemical agents that are usually found in cigarettes as well as in other tobacco products. Acting as a stimulant, nicotine is likely to enhance the level of blood pressure. But, you can never consider it to be the most dangerous effect of smoking. This is especially relevant in the cases of the individuals who don’t have sensitivity to stimulants.

As the Journal of Toxicology reveals, poisoning of nicotine is one of the major factors beyond Cardiac Arrests. This journal published a case report of similar instance and it was found that the victim, in this case a 32 year male, caught cardiac arrest and it was evaluated that the presence of 3.7 UG/ML of nicotine, was detected within the body after 11 hours from the time of arrest, and this was the key culprit for the cardiac arrest. The instance intensified to such extent that the victim went to a traumatic stage and the doctors had to fight severely to save his life.
With that said, nicotine majorly acts in intensifying the addiction towards the tobacco-based products that makes it almost impossible for the consumers to give up the habit, although, they are well aware of the hazardous effects of such habit on their health. But, if restricted within moderate dosage, nicotine can never ever reap lethal outcomes.

Nicotine Poisoning
Nicotine at 100% concentration is Fatal if Swallowed, or with Skin Contact

The Human Body and Nicotine

If you want to understand nicotine poisoning and fight it, first and foremost you require developing a detained knowledge on the pathway through which the chemical influences the human body. Nicotine gets absorbed into your bloodstream after you smoke, or consume any nicotine-containing items like patches or gums. These instances pave a way for nicotine to smoothly enter into your body and stimulates the brain. However, if one ingests nicotine directly or uses snuffing tobacco via the nasal passage, then more of nicotine can get into the bloodstream.

The lower limit for a lethal dosage of nicotine is estimated to vary in the range between 500 & 1000 MG. Infants may turn ill as consequence of ingesting a cigarette. Ingestion in higher extent can result in severe illness. Nicotine found in e-cigars can produce hazardous outcome to children and babies, if they accidentally ingests it, or establish skin contact. In few instances, poisoning with nicotine has appeared as a result of applying topical medical creams, like products which contain nicotine in very high extent.

Once Nicotine reaches the brain, immediately, it starts stimulating the brain and as a result, adrenaline courses through it rapidly, and starts a massive forte of physical and chemical reactions. Epinephrine, a secretion of the adrenal gland as a result of exposure to nicotine, is exactly the same as the same chemical produced naturally inside the body, when you get when your afraid, or in instances of excitement, or you feel stressed. It produces an impacting but short-lived boost within the human brain. As a consequence of adrenaline rush, blood pressure and heart rate rise abnormally as well as enhance the rate of glucose output and enhances the rate of respiration.

In addition, Nicotine can have an extremely strong impact on the output of Dopamine in the human brain. This chemical is called the Pleasure molecule, and it has got a significant influence on the primitive level. Feelings like motivation and pleasure as a result of dopamine release in the human brain, in spite the fact that the human brain relish the pleasure feeling due to the release of this agent, the addiction involves the aspect of motivation.

Once the effect of dopamine ceases, the body desires to relish the feeling of pleasure again and this creates the pathway for the development of all sorts of addiction. Nicotine goes out of the body within a while and after it has moved out, the pathway for this feeling, desires to regain it. With the passage of time due to constant intake of nicotine, this agent captures the entire system and this enhances the addiction to nicotine that, in turn, makes the consumer to consume nicotine in higher extent.

You will explore a shock to know that the entire mechanism in this regard is exactly similar to the pathway that is involved in substance abuse. In the same manner as one gets addicted to cocaine or heroine, Nicotine influences a person easily to fall into the traps of brutal addiction.
The Dopamine receptors present in the human brain, actually start diminishing, reducing the extent of dopamine, absorbed and it stimulate the system to demand higher supply of Nicotine.

Consumers of nicotine products are likely to experience varied feeling. Though Nicotine actually plays the role of a stimulant, the majority of the consumers state that they feel relaxed and it brings some sedative effects. In other instances, people start feeling more alert or aware. While in very rare cases, people have even experienced some Euphoric feeling.

Though, you can never ever held Nicotine solely responsible for all the adverse health hazards that are assumed to arise from it, however, it is definitely a major cause beyond such troubles. Nicotine is the primary agent that intensifies the addiction. Scientists are still conducting research and collecting information regarding the impact of nicotine on the human body. However, the modern society is shaping its own convictions and ideas on this correlation.

A Few Culprits Beyond Instances of Nicotine Poisoning:

Though unlikely to occur from usual smoking, poisoning with nicotine has been always a potential risk. Just like other drugs, one can overdose with nicotine as well. The limit of exposure depends on aspects like sensitivity and body weight. Likewise, in various places, one will require inhaling nicotine in very high extent to fall into the traps of this threat. In the majority of the instances, nicotine-poisoning appears as outcome of using insecticides, which is not that common in the household, as in cultivation and farming sites. In addition, the following are the main culprits that can be held responsible in this regard:

  • E-cigarettes: the nicotine content in E-cigars go to a high extent and thus, it is one of the potential agent for causing nicotine poisoning. Though the effects are not brutal usually, but it definitely carries a potential of risk to infants and young children if they get to consume it directly.

  • Nicotine Patches and Gums: if you are trying on any sort of nicotine replacement items to quit smoking, you need to keep in mind that nicotine gums are not the same products as the Candy gums. Hence, indiscriminate consumption can result in over dosage of nicotine. The patches and gums as well as other Nicotine products should be consumed in minimum extent.

Always Keep Nicotine Products Away From Children.
Always Keep Nicotine Products Away From Children.
In this regard, it will be worthy to cast the reference to a study made by Gianfrancco CereVellin. He conducted a research that pointed out that the inhalation and injection of the E-liquid can pave the way for more than 1000 mg of nicotine to enter into the blood stream and hence, can trigger poisoning. It is to nullify this threat that all the nicotine-containing products and devices should be kept out of the reach of the children. This way, you can keep the innocent babies safe from such brutal consequences and thus, ensuring their well being.

How Much Nicotine it takes to Create Poisoning?

Bernd Mayer conducted a study in the year 1996, under the title, “How much nicotine kills a human?”. As suggested in this work, about 60 mg of nicotine will be strong enough to start to show some effect of poisoning.
Considering the great diversity in the available tobacco products, nicotine liquid poisoning seems to be more potent. Smoking is rarely the cause for such instances. If truth be told, one needs to smoke more than 40 cigarettes at a go to experience such stage. Likewise, you should chew at least 15 gums together to fall into the trap of poisoning. Keep in mind that a smoker will inhale just about 1/10th of the total nicotine content and this way, you will not get more than 1 mg of nicotine supply each time you smoke. However, you need to consider factors like age and body weight to reach to a final conclusion.

Symptoms Usually Noted in Victims of Poisoning Due to Nicotine:

Poisoning of nicotine will produce results, following a specific pattern and it arises due to the excessive stimulation in the Autonomus and central systems as well as on the Neuromuscualr systems. If consumed in lower dosages, nicotine will stimulate the receptors and in instances of excessive intake or due to continuous exposure, it will produce inhibitory results, leading to troubles with the Neuromuscular systems.
The initial symptoms of nicotine poisoning are usually the outcome of stimulating effects and these outcomes may include hypertension, vomiting tendencies, mild to severe headache, seizures as well as excessive salivation. After the initial phases, other sets of symptoms like depression come up and it leads to other troubles like weakness of the muscles, depression of the central nervous system, coma, paralysis, labored breathing, and eventually respiratory failure. In addition, following symptoms of poisoning with nicotine are usually noticed:

  • Nausea, followed by acute abdominal pain.

  • Agitation and restlessness.

  • Cramping

  • The victim will either face troubles like difficulties in breathing or rapid breathing.

  • Confusion and convulsion are among the common signs of nicotine poison

  • Drooling

  • Feeling burnt sensation inside the oral cavity

  • Fainting

  • Weak feelings.

Signs of poisoning like fainting, seizures, and coma happen rarely and only in instances of severe poisoning.

If one has any of the above symptoms of nicotine poisoning, then your doctor may carry out a blood or urine test to confirm the levels of nicotine or cotinine.

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Image Showing the Most Common Symptoms of Nicotine Poisoning.


How to Prevent and Deal with Poisoning with Nicotine?

The most effective way for preventing poisoning will be to refrain from nicotine in all the probable forms. However, as in reality, consuming nicotine based products has turned into a culture and in this regard, smoking makes the highest contribution. It requires special attention to the extent and volume of nicotine intake and you should always refrain from taking various nicotine products in combination together. When it comes to the aspect of e-cigars that runs on liquid nicotine, you should require keeping a track of the concentration and quantity of nicotine intake very carefully.

If instances of poisoning or if exposure / overdose happens, you require applying a specific set of medical help, and subsequently one should call for medical attention. If the eye is getting exposed to this chemical, the source of the chemical should be eliminated up front and washing the affected eye with plenty of clean water, and then approach suitable medical care.

As for the treatment to nicotine poisoning, you should approach medical care as early as possible. Start applying cold water on the face of the victim that will keep them conscious. However, don’t force them to vomit or walk. Likewise, application of antacids or other self-medications are not solicited. It will support the treatment, if you can gather information or the sample of the specific product that is the culprit in the specific case. This will enable the medical care provider to decide on the most suitable treatment, without wasting time.
From the discussion made above, it comes out that the outcome of poisoning of nicotine can turn brutal, and hence the best way to stay safe will be to give up the habit of consuming nicotine in all forms. This step will come especially effective, when you have infants in your home. Even if you cannot give up addictions to nicotine completely, try to keep the addiction within control. Your health is the most precious resource that you have got , and hence you are responsible for taking adequate care of it.


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By: Bernd Mayer
Year: 2014
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By: Gianfranco Cervellin, Michele Luci and Giuseppe Lippi
Year: 2013
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Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

Looking into the most common withdrawal symptoms and how long they can last:

Are you on a mission to quit smoking? If yes, you deserve congratulation for taking a wise decision that is going to produce manifold benefits to your health over time, it is well known that smoking produces detrimental effects on your brain and physical health, and causing such troubles that are impossible to reverse. Hence, if you were addicted to smoking and now fighting to give up this habit, you have definitely taken a wise move. You can stand assured that if you manage to fight till last, you are going to get the most delightful results, restoring and reversing the damages caused due to smoking.

However, don’t assume that this is going to be a cakewalk. If 9-out-of -10 people try to quit smoking, only 1 out of them manages to taste success at the end.
So, why is it so difficult to quit smoking? Well, it is the dependence towards nicotine that is the most stringent challenge in this regard and once you get into the regime, you will start experiencing the withdrawal symptoms that makes it almost impossible to fight this battle. However, if you have to really give up smoking, you need to be brave enough to fight these symptoms and hold a strong determination about accomplishing your regime. If you have such steel in you, the withdrawal symptoms cannot defeat you and eventually, by winning over these symptoms, you will ultimately manage to quit smoking.
Paragraphs underneath shall discuss nicotine withdrawal, including the most common withdrawal symptoms as well as a few simple yet effective tricks and tips about accomplishing this objective.


What is Nicotine Withdrawal All About?

Explained in simple terms, this is the time phase, when a consumer of nicotine products in any form, is struggling and fighting to win over the craving for such items and thus, win over the dependence on nicotine. As you get habituated with smoking or consumption of nicotine in any given form, the constant supply of nicotine is going to stimulate your brain and develop a pathway that will make you dependent on this chemical. It is for the reason that as soon as the brain gets the supply of nicotine, it will releases Dopamine and the release of it will produce a feel-good factor that will drive you to relish this enjoyment, again and again. This is the main factor that drives you to smoke and consume nicotine products repeatedly.

In this regard, it will be wise to mention about a study done by Lawrence H. Street and this team in the year 2010. This team evaluated the root cause of withdrawal symptoms and they examined 12 ex-smokers. The research outcome suggested that these individuals had some changes in the usual structure of the brain that intensified the dependence to nicotine. These respondents were made to refrain from smoking and it was observed that it affected their verbal working memory. However, everything restored back, after the respondents managed to fight back the initial symptoms.

Quit Smoking
Cutting back on Nicotine products is the first stage in quitting the habit.
Nicotine withdrawal is the phase when you are trying to overcome this dependence and you take a regime to stop the intake of nicotine in any form. Thus, it the time when you will refrain from supplying the nicotine needed to give you the usual feeling, that you gain from enjoying such products and eventually, win over the craving for the supply of nicotine. This process can either be done by ‘complete stop of consuming nicotine’ through any given form, or you can opt for the aids for quitting smoking, taking a gradual approach to withdraw from nicotine.

The nicotine withdrawal phase is marked by the outburst of certain symptoms, called the nicotine withdrawal symptoms and these are the reactions to the actions you are taking to refrain from the consumption of nicotine, either through not smoking cigarettes or in other forms. These symptoms come out as the nicotine in the body is eliminated, which come about to maintain the dependence that have grown towards this chemical and in the majority of instances, such symptoms last for 48 hours. Crossing this time span, you start establishing control over the craving for nicotine and if you can hold on for 6 months, you will never ever feel the urge for consuming nicotine products.

Explaining about the causes that trigger the withdrawal symptoms, it is the physiological and physiological responses towards the chemical that has developed in you, due to the constant supply of nicotine. The ultimate objective of withdrawing from nicotine is to reverse the damages that arise due to consumption of nicotine and thus, restore your physical and brain health. If you manage to win over the challenges of the nicotine withdrawal symptoms, it is for sure that you are going to reap ample of health benefits and lead a healthy and happy life.

Once you get started with the efforts to withdraw from the intake of nicotine, it is obvious that the nicotine withdrawal symptoms will come up. However, for the brave hearts and the determined one, managing these challenges is not going to be a tough job. As a trick for managing the nicotine withdrawal symptoms, you can motivate yourself by thinking about the health benefits that are going to come up and obviously, the financial savings that you will make, should you manage to give up the addiction. This way, you can overcome the symptoms and get success in your mission.

What are the most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms?

Once some lights have been thrown on the aspect of nicotine withdrawal, it will make sense to discuss the most common types of nicotine withdrawal symptoms that are observed in the majority of the instances. It is important that you have a precise understanding and knowledge of the frequently observed nicotine withdrawal symptoms as it will enable you to stay alert about the forthcoming challenges.

However, remember that not all the withdrawal symptoms are observed in all cases and hence, you might suffer from some symptoms, that your friend or relative, for example, had not experienced, while they tried to withdraw from nicotine. In this context, the outcome of a study made by F- Joseph McClernon and his team will be relevant to state. This team included 40 adult smokers in a 12-week trial on Nicotine abstinence. To their observation, the withdrawal symptoms took the most severe form among those who had a history of ‘Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder’ (ADHD).

Therefore, you should be ready to accept the challenges as it comes and you require having a rock-solid determination that whatsever challenges trigger up, you are not going to resume the consumption of nicotine again.
Remember, the act of winning over any addiction and dependence is meant for the ‘brave’ and un-less you are self-determined in this regard, you can never ever expect to get success in the regime to withdraw from nicotine.

Here are a few of the most commonly observed Nicotine Withdrawal symptoms:

  • Craving for nicotine: Speaking about the symptoms that you are likely to experience, while trying to quit smoking or give up the habit of consumption of nicotine items, can help one people be aware of whats to come, and be prepaired accordingly. It is for the reason that with a constant supply of this chemical, your body and brain has developed some dependence towards this chemical. Once you stop supplying the chemical, a set of physiological reactions will trigger up that will intensify the craving further. This intense craving will usually last for 48 hours from the time you stop smoking or taking other nicotine products.

  • Feeling of irritation, frustration and anger: Another set of symptoms of nicotine withdrawal frequently observed is the feeling of frustration, anger and irritation. It starts with the feeling of irritation that triggers as your brain and body craves for nicotine supply and doesn’t get it. As an outcome, you are likely to feel anger and frustrated. However, all these symptoms are short-lived and if you can manage to control the initial blow, it can never ever win over you. This is where there is the need for having a sound determination about withdrawing from the consumption of nicotine.

  • Anxiety: one of the most common withdrawal symptoms is that of an anxious feeling. As your brain gets the supply of nicotine that releases dopamine, you will not get that usual relaxed and feel-good feeling that you get after smoking. This is going to trigger a feeling of anxiety that offer a stringent challenge to your mental health. The good thing is that this trouble never lasts long and if you are able to motivate yourself about the benefits in withdrawing from the consumption of nicotine, you will not find it impossible to win over this challenge.

  • Depression: as observed in the majority of the attempts to withdraw from nicotine, you are likely to suffer a feeling of depression. It arises for the mood swing that comes up as one of the withdrawal symptoms. The swinging in mood is likely to make you feel depressed and it intensifies under the influence of the anxious feeling that you are likely to experience. Probably, this is the most stringent among the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If the trouble is intensifying to a critical extent, you will probably need to seek medical guidance. However, such symptoms last for the few initial days only.

  • Weight gain: speaking about the physiological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, you are likely to develop some unhealthy weight, immediately after you withdraw from nicotine. It is for the reason that as you give up taking nicotine, you will feel stronger appetite that will drive you to eat more, paving the way for the accumulation of excess calorie that stores as fat. In 7-out-of-10 attempts to quit smoking or withdrawal from consumption of nicotine, such troubles are noted. However, if you start leading an active lifestyle, the problem will never ever intensify beyond the alarming extent.


Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms
What are some of the Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms?
Speaking more of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, some people even problems with constipation. In addition, you can experience mild to severe headaches as well as a feeling of dizziness.
Whatever may be the withdrawal symptoms that come up in your way, one shouldn’t give these apparent troubles that much importance that it will make you resume your habit again. Remember, you get nothing for free and the symptoms you face, is the “cost” for the restoration of the health that is going to happen in subsequent times. Hence, you should fight back against these symptoms and never ever fall week to these challenges.

What can be the probable nicotine withdrawal timeline?

The question that is likely to come now is the timeline for nicotine withdrawal. In simple terms, it refers to the time span for which the withdrawal symptoms are going to last. This is crucial information to have before you eventually start your nicotine withdrawal program.

If you are wondering, how much time it is going to take to give up the addiction towards nicotine items, the straightforward answer is that it will depend on the type of the nicotine product that you are using as well as the extent of dependence that you have developed. Thus, the time span in this regard will be directly proportional to the span of your addiction to the nicotine products. Hence, if you are trying to quit smoking or give up the habit of consuming nicotine, within a while from when you started taking those items, it will obviously take lesser effort and time. Obviously, in such cases, the withdrawal symptoms will be less intense as well and the nicotine withdrawal timeline will stretch for lesser extent.

Thus, it will be right to say that this is entirely a case-to-case ball game and this is where the motivation for withdrawal from nicotine will matter the most. This implies, even if you had a long history of indulging yourself with nicotine products, you will still manage to give up the addiction completely, if you have a solid determination. The attempt to quit smoking or giving up the habit of consuming nicotine in other forms, is simply a matter of day dreaming if you don’t manage to put strong determination beyond it.

Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline
Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline

The above timeline shows that the number of cravings fall, the longer you go without using Nicotine. So, if you can make one week without smoking, then your natural cravings to smoking will reduce dramatically after then, meaning you will stand a better chance of giving up if you can make it this far.

If you are not determined to give up the consumption of nicotine, there is every chance that you will resume back such practices, even after 1 or 2 months, after quitting such habits. On the other hand, the ones, starting with strong determination and motivation, manage to taste success, even in lesser than 3 months time. The secret beyond such successful attempts is their strong determination that enabled those individuals to win over the challenges of the withdrawal symptoms. If you have to join their club, you will inevitably have to step into their shoes. This way, you can definitely bring down the nicotine withdrawal timeline.

The Medical Journal of Australia came up with some highly relevant information that can be mentioned in this regard. A research team in Australia included 194 men and women who have undergone acupuncture treatment to quit smoking. 95% of these respondents took 3 sessions to completely give up the addiction. Almost all of these men and women never resumed back the old habit and they stated that it is their strong motivation and determination that enabled them to win over the craving for nicotine and the symptoms. These individuals observed that the symptoms lasted for initial months and then it gradually faded out permanently.

How long does Nicotine Withdrawal last?

Wondering, how long does nicotine withdrawal last? Well, the symptoms get to its peak during the first 48 hours and if you can resist for 6 months, it will disappear completely. Hence, if you are really concerned about how long nicotine withdrawal lasts, you don’t have any alarming news to fear.

To the flocks who are wondering how long do nicotine withdrawals last, it will make sense to state that everything depends on your mental strength and your determination. In this regard, it will make sense to mention that you need to keep yourself motivated constantly. There are instances of people, who managed to refrain from smoking or the consumption of other nicotine items for 24 months or more, but, after than time, losing the motivation resumed back the habit. You need to keep in mind that no matter what adverse effects are triggering up, and your determination should be that strong that you will not seek refuge in smoking again. Unless you are able to drive yourself in this manner, the aspiration of withdrawing from nicotine becomes a matter of dreaming.

Thus, more than wondering how amount of time nicotine withdrawals last, it will be beneficial for you, if you always drive yourself and motivating yourself on the positive outcome to giving up the addiction towards the nicotine products. Once you manage to refrain from these items and manage the withdrawal symptoms, you will find a complete reversal of the damages caused due to the intake of these items. Eventually, you will reach to a phase, wherein the symptoms and craving cannot drive you to smoke again. Your health is the most valuable resource that you will possess in your lifetime, and hence you are responsible to take care of it.


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Is Nicotine Bad for you?

Is nicotine bad for you? This is a topic that is given much discussion and just like any other topic, a debate goes around this topic as well. There is 1 camp that never hesitates to give the verdict that nicotine is bad for you, while in the opinion of another camp, more research and observations are required to reach to a conclusion regarding this. However, if you consider the data available till date, it can definitely be said that nicotine influences your brain and body in a manner that leaves some detrimental effects on both these aspects. Hence, it can be said for sure that nicotine is bad for you.

Today, the probable dangers, arising from the consumption of nicotine products have reached to an alarming extent. In contemporary times, more and more of nicotine products are coming up the line and, as the options on these products are ever increasing, more and more health risks are coming to the attention. Hence, if you are wondering, is nicotine bad, there are ample of evidences to support that the habit of consuming nicotine is definitely a threat to the health. Therefore, if you really love yourself and you wish to live a happy life, you will inevitably need to refrain from the consumption of nicotine products.

A point that will be highly relevant to state in this regard is that nicotine products, in all forms, are challenging for the health of the consumers. It can affect the brain as well as the physical health. Though, cigarette is held the main culprit for triggering those health hazards that arises from the consumption of nicotine products, you cannot give a clean chit to products like nicotine patches, gums as well as any other products that contain nicotine. All these products work in the similar manner to develop a pathway for nicotine dependence, forcing you to take this chemical in more extent. As the volume of consumption rises, the supply of more toxins will definitely intensify the troubles that can arise as consequences.
Therefore, if you are wondering, is nicotine gum bad for you, you should make a note that any such products can be dangerous should you overdose it, and hence if you have to overcome the slightest chances of falling into the traps of these threats, the only way is to refrain from the consumption of these products on the whole.

What makes Nicotine Detrimental to your Brain and Physical Health?

Is Nicotine Bad for youDiscussing the topic ‘is nicotine bad for you’, first and foremost, you need to have a precise understanding on the point, Why is nicotine bad. Likewise, you should have a clear understanding of the pathway on which nicotine works and influences your brain and health. Once you smoke or consume any other nicotine products, it just takes around 20 seconds for the brain to receive the nicotine and once it reaches the brain, it starts producing its effects in under a minute’s time. Keep in mind that even if Nicotine is not Carcinogenic, however, nicotine is highly addictive in nature. The length of time for how long drugs in system is also dependant on the level of one’s use of nicotine products.

Why is Nicotine Bad?

Now, the answer to the question: ‘why is nicotine bad’, starts unfolding from this point. Being addictive, it will stimulate a feeling of relaxation and calmness and this is going to drive you for taking more nicotine so that you can continue to have the nice feeling. This, in turn, will force you to gradually enhance the volume and extent of intake. Once you have reached that phase, you become a soft target for an array of complications of the brain and physical health, taking a devastating toll on your health and wellbeing. Thus, the answer to the question is Nicotine bad for you, is pretty straightforward.


Here are a few key points that will be relevant to mention in this regard:

  • Nicotine holds 5 to 10 time’s higher potential to produce Psychological and Behavioral troubles, compared with the capacities of Morphine and Cocaine in this regard. Likewise, Nicotine holds much higher capacity to produce the addiction, compared with these agents.

  • Nicotine creates a pathway that forces you to take these products more frequently and in much higher extent that, in turn, makes your health vulnerable to various health risks.

  • Nicotine dependence has seen many people face problems while trying to quit smoking or stop the habit of consuming nicotine based products. In this regard, it will be worthy to mention that only a bare minimum part of the Nicotine consumers trying to quit such habits, eventually manages to achieve success in this regard.

  • Nicotine is known to raise blood pressure, and increase the rate of heart beat.
    Nicotine is known to raise blood pressure, and increase the rate of heart beat.
    Nicotine influences a specific area of the human brain, the Adrenal Medulla, that enhances the adrenaline flow. This enhances the extent of blood pressure, rate of heart beat and respiration. These conditions, on the whole, trigger some intense effects on the cardiac and respiratory systems.
  • Nicotine plays a major role in triggering troubles like sleep disorders. This chemical negatively influences the nervous system and if you are consuming it at night, it will excite the nerves, making you more alert and prevent sound sleep. This, in turn, will intensify the rate of cell damage, enhance the effects of aging and develop stress and strain. Do you need further proof to establish is nicotine bad for you or not?


When it comes to the damages caused by nicotine. Of course, smokers stand the highest threats.

Here are the key points of threats, associated with smoking:

  • Smoking acts as the main reason for death for more than 50% of the smokers, who smoking regularly.

  • In 2003, around 12% of the total deaths in Australia happened as outcomes of regular smoking. Even if it is not resulting in death, it is likely to reduce the quality of lifestyle significantly.

  • Comparison between smokers and nonsmokers, establish the data that smokers stand 4 times higher risks to catch severe cardiac troubles. Smoking one cigarette a day, you are enhancing the chances for such troubles by 6% or more.

  • In 90% of the cases, smoking is the main cause beyond lung cancer. In addition, smokers stand the highest chances for catching oral cancer.

  • It has been found through research that the smoke of cigarette includes over 4000 compounds. The majority of these compounds finds applications in products like cosmetics, paints, dry cleaning, and these agents can trigger various damages to the brain, kidney and liver.

  • Another threatening agent in cigarette is ‘Tar’. It’s said that addiction to cigarette grows for nicotine, while the killer is actually the Tar. It is not the slightest of the overstatement as it is known these days that it is the main factor beyond cancers in the throat and lung. In addition, the Tar stains the skin and teeth of the smokers and causes various damages to the fine air lining in the lung that makes it difficult to breath and it reduces the genetic capacity of the body to fight infections. More than 70% of the total tar content gets deposited in the lungs of the smoker.

  • Smoking alone accounts for more than 70% of the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) troubles. It damages the airways and makes them narrower that makes it almost impossible for the smooth passage of air through the lungs.

  • Individuals, having troubles with excessively high blood pressure, can turn more vulnerable to various health hazards, if they are regular smokers. It can even result in instances like the bursting of the brain’s blood vessel, called Intracerebral stroke.
    The list as how is nicotine bad never stops within the scopes of the troubles, discussed above. In addition, the habit of consuming nicotine can eventually trigger arrays of various other troubles that can make life miserable. Hence, while discussing on the topic how and why nicotine product is bad for you, you will inevitably have to give a special mention on those aspects as well. Knowledge of those points will definitely motivate you to give up this adverse addiction.

  • Manifold troubles with the skin: 9-out-of-10 regular consumers of Nicotine products are likely to suffer from troubles with the health of the skin. The most important points in regards to the question is nicotine bad includes the chances of appearances of rashes and allergy. These are the most commonly observed side effects that you will see in consumers of nicotine products. In addition, smoking often causes the dehydration of the skin that will intensify the rate of cell death and damage. Thus, it will be right to say that consumption of Nicotine can severely damage your skin and retard your appearance, significantly.

  • Shortness and irregularity of Breath: if the evidences stated above is yet to establish that nicotine really bad for you, here comes a point that will definitely shake your legs. In the majority of the instances, especially the smokers are seen to suffer from troubles like shortness and the irregularity of the breath. This can trigger more risk to the respiratory system and as the troubles go on intensifying, you turn more and more vulnerable to these respiratory troubles. Hence, you are ought to lose a significant part of your well being and convenience whilst taking nicotine products.

  • Feeling exhausted and weak: it is obvious that if the lung and respiratory system is not working smoothly and the arteries have narrowed down, the cell will not be getting the adequate supply of oxygen. Hence, you will not feel active. This is another trouble that is frequently observed in smokers. If truth be told, smoking actually enhances the extent of stress and strain, and hence one may feel weak and exhausted. Comparing the smokers with the non-smokers, people from the second group stay more active, even at higher ages.

  • Chances of losing teeth: not only smoking, but, the consumption of any nicotine-based products are going to take a toll on your dental health and can even trigger in loss of teeth. Even if you are not losing your teeth, there is every chance that you can encounter bad breath inside the oral cavity, especially if you are smoking or consuming tobacco products in any forms.

  • Erectile Dysfunction Nicotine
    Smoking can increase one’s chances of infertility and erectile dysfunction.
    Erectile Dysfunction and male impotency: it is an irony to state that the count of victims of erectile dysfunctions and male impotency is rising sharply, across the globe. In the majority of the instances, victims are having a history of consuming nicotine based products or smoking excessively. Such habits result in narrowing the artery that blocks the flow of adequate flow of blood, resulting in such troubles. Smoking can even reduce the concentration and count of sperm in men.
  • Female infertility: Likewise, consumption of nicotine products can trigger infertility issues in females as well. Smoking or consuming nicotine products in any forms during pregnancy can severely damage the placenta. As such, it will be right to say that such habits during the pregnancy stage can trigger several of complications and troubles in pregnant women as well as cause severe troubles to the unborn baby.


Nicotine Can Escalate the Chances for the Occurrence of Various Types of Cancer:

Using Nicotine Products Can Increase Chances for Various Types of Cancers in the body.
Using Nicotine Products Can Increase Chances for Various Types of Cancers in the body.
The biggest health risk that revolves around nicotine products is that it can enhance the chances of cancer of the Lungs, Lips, Gum, Liver as well as in the Oral Cavity. Though Nicotine is not the only cause for such brutal outcomes, it is definitely the strongest contributor in that regards. Comparison between Nonsmokers and smokers suggest that the members of the second group stand 10 times higher chances to catch such ailments, compared with their counterparts, who never smokes or consumes any nicotine based products.

This statement gets the support by the outcome of a study, conducted by Piyali Dasgupta and her team in the year 2008. As this report suggests the span of life drops by 15% or higher in smokers. The team revealed the fact that nicotine actually intensifies the addiction to smoking or to other nicotine products, and then thousands of other severe impurities within these products, prey on one’s health. This way, Nicotine, even if not causing death directly, compels you to absorb chemicals like tar that eventually results in untimely death and in the majority of the instances, various forms of cancer are the immediate cause of death.

Another study made by Po-Li Wei and team in the year 2011 clearly explains how nicotine enhances the chances of colon cancer by 4 times, compared to the chances for the non-smokers to experience such instances. Rabecca Davis came up with a study that habits the consumption of nicotine-based products and enhances the chances of occurrence of lung cancer by 60%. You are ought to give importance to these statistics and make sincere efforts to quit smoking or refrain from the habit of consuming nicotine based products at its earliest, should you not desire an untimely and pathetic death.

Can Nicotine Gums Ever Cause any Troubles to the Consumers?

These days, a rise in the health consciousness triggers smokers to refrain from smoking. The majority of these individuals, after quitting smoking, start taking nicotine gums and that is where they commit a blunder. Research suggests that these apparently innocent products are harmful and as a matter fact, indiscriminate intake of such items will only produce the same adverse results that can appear due to smoking.

If you are not sure whether is nicotine bad for you, be informed that as nicotine gum contain nicotine, it will go on intensifying the addiction to these gums and eventually, you will start consuming the gums more frequently and in higher extent. This will pave the way for more chemical to enter the bloodstream and trigger all the adverse effects that have stated in the paragraphs above. For the unlucky ones, it can even result in gum cancer, oral cancer as well as enhance the chances for tooth loss and catching bad breath in the mouth. Such instances are going to take a toll on your confidence, self-esteem and can make life miserable for you. Therefore, there are no reasons for which you can give the nicotine gums a clean chit.

Another alarm that arises with these items is for the little ones in your family. Suppose, you have left a box of Nicotine gums inside the drawer of your table and your little baby consumes multiple gums at a go. Then, there are nicotine high chances for the occurrence of more problem due to overdose, as just 60 mg of nicotine exposure is strong enough to create arrays of troubles. You will definitely agree to the point that your wellness and wellbeing definitely involves the safety and security of your family members. Hence, you are not in the position to pamper any habit that can potentially be a threat to your family members. Thus, no further proof is needed to answer the question is nicotine gum bad for you. Long term effects of tobacco smoking can be fatal to one health. So, it is advisable for an addict who smokes to move on to alternative nicotine products like nicotine gum and nicotine patches, which doesn’t release any ‘Tar’ into the body.

From the discussion made above, it comes out that the habit of smoking as well as consumption of Nicotine products in any form can trigger adverse effects on your health and can even prey on the wellbeing and safety of your family members, especially the young ones. Therefore, you have got ample of reasons to give up such detrimental addictions that will enable you to secure your health, wellbeing and lifestyle.

Your health is the most important resource that you have in your lifetime. Hence, you cannot afford to put it at stake for any reasons whatsoever.



  • Case Study: Nicotine induces cell proliferation, invasion & epithelial-mesenchymal transition in a human cancer cell
    Cancer Cell Biology Journal
    By: Piyali Dasgupta, Wasia Rizwani and Smitha Pillai
    Year: 2008

  • Case Study: Nicotine Promotes Tumor Growth and Metastasis in Mouse Models of Lung Cancer
    PLOS Journal
    By: Rebecca Davis, Wasia Rizwani, Sarmistha Banerjee,
    Year: 2009

  • Nicotine Enhances Colon Cancer Cell Migration by Induction of Fibronectin
    Annals of Surgical Oncology Journal
    By: Po-Li Wei, Li-Jen Kuo and Ming-Te Huang
    Year: 2011

  • Cigarettes, Nicotine & Health: A Biobehavioral Approach
    Book By: Lynn T. Kozlowski, ‎Jack E. Henningfield and ‎Janet Brigham
    Published: 2001

  • Caffeine & Nicotine
    Book By: Richard S. Lee, ‎Mary Price Lee
    Published: 1998

  • Facts about Nicotine
    Book By: Suzanne LeVert
    Published: 2006


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