Smokers are addicts, plain and simple. However, the level of addiction may be significantly different from one person to the next. The top 5 tobacco companies put out hundreds of different brands, types, sizes, and packages of cigarettes that vary in the amount of nicotine that is in each cigarette. For example; Brand A has a nicotine content of 1.0mg per cigarette while Brand B has 0.5mg per cigarette. A person who smokes a pack per day of Brand A has a daily nicotine addiction of 20mg compared to a person who smokes Brand B which is only 10mg per day.
What’s the Nicotine Content of Cigarettes?
I would imagine that most smokers have no idea what the nicotine and tar content are of the brand of cigarettes they smoke, the tobacco companies aren’t going to tell you and the FTC hasn’t released anything for quite some time. Knowing the level of addiction could help you quit. Suppose you smoke a pack a day of Camel 100’s filtered cigarettes, which is 24mg of nicotine per day and you switched down to Camel King filtered ultra-light cigarettes, which is 8mg of nicotine per pack. Do you see the significance of this? You just dropped your addiction level by 16mg per day. Just think how that would affect you when you gave up smoking for good. Your physical nicotine withdrawal may not be nearly as bad.
Also consider this: Many people quit smoking with the use of nicotine replacement products such as the patch or nicotine gum. Nicotine Gum for instance, has several different nicotine potencies; 4mg and 2mg. This is per piece of gum and frankly I don’t know why they are so potent because there isn’t a cigarette out there that goes much over 2mg and the majority is under 1mg. According to Medline Plus, treatment is usually started with using 2mg gum. Heavy smokers (people who smoke more than 25 cigarettes per day) would use the 4mg gum. Either way, if you don’t know how much nicotine you are getting each day you could end up even more addicted.
Nicotine Gum is typically chewed by the hour or when there are cravings. If you were to chew 10 pieces a day you would get 40mg at 4 per or 20mg at 2mg per. Chances are with each of these scenarios you will be getting more nicotine with the gum than you did when smoking. This can cause side affects such as; dizziness, nausea, and headaches.
Over time you would decrease the use of nicotine gum to help with the nicotine withdrawals as you quit but it is important to realize that you may become even more addicted than you were before. Nicotine replacement products do have benefits and greatly help break the habit of smoking but they may have their drawbacks and the more you know the better prepared you can be.
No matter what – smoking is unhealthy and you should do everything you can to quit before it is too late.