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While these effects are pleasing for a little while, the trouble is these feelings don’t last very long. This means you can feel very uncomfortable if you don’t keep topping your nicotine levels up because of the withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine dependence stops people giving up smoking, even though they know it may be causing them harm.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can cause:
These feelings can create changes in a smoker’s behaviour, leading to getting into trouble at school and at home, and can often make concentrating on lessons or staying involved with physical activity like football or dance difficult.
We all feel stressed at times. It might be worries about exams, because of an argument with friends or family, or any number of other things that are causing it. Smokers may feel calmer and less stressed when they smoke, but their body is having the opposite reaction:
Being dependent on nicotine can place young people in some very vulnerable situations. So the dangers of smoking don’t only come from smoking long term – it is a very controlling habit!
Most people find they’re less stressed when they stop, though initially stopping can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to get the right help.
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