How does one feel when smoking?

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The stress smoker smokes when it becomes too stressful for him. He wants to reduce the stress. The pleasure smoker smokes because he enjoys the cigarette. The community smoker smokes when he is with other smokers. The habitual smoker smokes because he is already used to it. The casual smoker only smokes on special occasions.

A smoker can be for several reasons. In the morning he lights a cigarette to be awake and fit. He smokes at work because then he can take a break. He smokes after lunch and over coffee because he enjoys those cigarettes. He automatically smokes when making a phone call. In the evening he smokes to relax. And then there are a few cigarettes to distract yourself, to endure the boredom or to socialize.

If you look at these reasons, you could almost believe: the cigarette is a miracle drug. The nicotine, and with it the cigarette, seems to help anytime and anywhere.

What happens if a non-smoker smokes a cigarette?

When a non-smoker smokes a cigarette, he does not feel anything that a smoker likes about the cigarette. On the contrary: the non-smoker will probably feel nauseous, dizzy and uncomfortable. The non-smoker will say: a cigarette is not good for you. A smoker would then explain to him: You first have to get used to the cigarette so that you can feel the great effect.

Is the cigarette a miracle drug?

Comparing a smoker and a non-smoker makes it easier to understand the effect of the cigarette.

Imagine two friends - one smoker and one non-smoker. They experience a day together. Both enjoy a good meal in the restaurant. They talk. They feel pleasant. Only the smoker becomes restless after eating. Something is missing from him. He can no longer concentrate so well on the conversation. He feels the need to get up and smoke a cigarette. His thoughts revolve more and more about smoking.

The non-smoker does not feel anything like that. He wants to sit down and continue talking. The smoker smokes his cigarette. Then he feels relaxed and focused again. He thinks: the cigarette is good for you. It turns a visit to a restaurant into a nice visit to a restaurant.

Then the friends go to the cinema. Both of them liked the film very much. When leaving, the non-smoker thinks about the film. He is feeling well. The smoker is restless and nervous. He is annoyed that the visitors are leaving the cinema so slowly. He lights a cigarette in front of the cinema and immediately feels better. He thinks: the cigarette is good for you. It helps me feel good.

On the way home, the friends miss their train. You have to wait an hour. Both are annoyed. The smoker now lights a cigarette. He thinks: The cigarette is good, it helps me with anger and boredom. But is the smoker less annoyed than the non-smoker? Does he really calm down faster?

In the evenings they both sit at home and listen to music. The smoker smokes. He thinks: The cigarette is good, it helps me relax. Is the non-smoker tense now because he does not smoke a cigarette? Does the smoker relax better than the non-smoker? Or does the cigarette help the smoker to feel as relaxed as the non-smoker?

The example shows: After a certain period of time without a cigarette, the smoker feels bad. As soon as he smokes, the malaise is gone. But shortly after every cigarette, his condition slowly deteriorates. The desire for the next cigarette increases again. After a cigarette, the smoker feels like a non-smoker: the cigarette does not bring the smoker any advantage. It just makes sure that he is as good as the non-smoker.

If you take a closer look at smoking, you know: The good effects of the cigarette are only an imagination. An illusion.

The well-being of smokers and non-smokers

The smoker is in a vicious circle. The nicotine ensures that he is fine when he smokes. And the nicotine makes him feel bad when the effects wear off.

A smoker has to make sure that he gets nicotine every day, even every hour. It's quite expensive and tedious. And the smoker only gets what the non-smoker has for free! A smoker puts himself in an uncomfortable position. If he smokes, he comes out again. He is then happy and believes that he is doing particularly well now.

Figuratively speaking: the smoker voluntarily goes into a predator cage. In order for the tigers to leave him alone, he has to give them a lot of meat. Every time he throws them an expensive piece of meat, he is happy that they don't attack him. A non-smoker stands in front of the cage, shaking his head. He wonders why one should voluntarily go into a cage? Or to put it drastically: the smoker keeps slapping his thumb and is happy every time the pain subsides.

Source: IFT Gesundheitsförderung Gesellschaft mbH Munich