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Smoking–Quitting–Other Thoughts

January 21, 2013

Just wondering…  It’s a considered a given that people who are quitting smoking are more cranky and irritable.  My question is whether people smoked in the first place to avoid being cranky and irritable.  In other words, people take aspirin, or whatever, to help alleviate a headache without it necessarily being addictive behavior.  I’m not so much interested in a discussion on the addictive part, but more on the part about the benefits one gets from ingesting nicotine aside from simply avoiding the symptoms of withdrawal.

Unfortunately there’s no good way to address the subject.  Choosing to quit isn’t the same thing as deciding that one doesn’t like chocolate anymore.  It’s saying that you made a mistake somewhere in there, not necessarily the easiest thing for any of us to do, particularly when the drug itself has quite a bit going for it.  Oh well.

The real problem with all these drugs is that everyone seems to need one kind or another and it’s when none are available that even worse things seem to happen.  The worst thing of all seems to be those that actually make people feel better which is a bit ironic when according to a variety of studies I’ve read its anti-depressants, etc., that are the most prescribed. Interesting, a subject I’ll have to look into a little deeper on some other occasion.



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