Take Control: Smoking and Moods

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Nobody really knows exactly why some smokers use cigarettes to deal with their moods. But here are a few ideas:

  • Nicotine causes the brain to release certain chemicals (beta-endorphin and norepinephrine) that can make people temporarily feel better and improve their mood.
  • Smoking can be a quick pick me up when you’re stressed or depressed.
  • Smoking can be time out from thinking about or dealing with stress and other moods.
  • Smoking can be a distraction from something that is bothering you.
  • Smoking often is a social activity, so smoking in a group can bring feelings of support and comfort.
  • Smoking helps with nicotine withdrawal symptoms that can happen between cigarettes for people with a strong addiction.

Using cigarettes in any of these ways helps for only a short time. After all, what’s causing your mood hasn’t gone away. So now you might just be left wanting another cigarette.
Cigarettes don’t have to control your moods. YOU can take control by finding healthier ways to handle your moods.

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