New Research Says Nicotine Can Initiate

by Elizabeth Seward – Staff Writer

If you have been trying to quit smoking, you know as well as many others do how onerous the process can be. Simply choosing to stop smoking is easier said than done when you’re dealing with the kind of physical addiction that comes with cigarette smoking. Because of the great difficulty often found in quitting smoking, many people turn to nicotine products to help wean themselves off of cigarettes. These products include items like nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and smokeless cigarettes that contain nicotine, among other things. These products have often been touted as a safe alternative to smoking and their use has been encouraged for smoking cessation. However, recent research suggests that these nicotine infused products are anything but safe.

Nicotine replacement therapy doesn’t appear to be a safe way to quit smoking, after all.

Researchers from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have recently discovered that the carcinogens found in nicotine can actually alter DNA when used excessively. The researchers observed thousands of mutations on a cellular level to cells that were exposed to nicotine when compared to cells that were not exposed to nicotine. Oxidative stress in cells is known to be a cancer precursor and the patterns of change that occurred in the nicotine-exposed cells looked very similar to the patterns found in cells undergoing oxidative stress, according to the researchers.

Nicotine’s documented affects on a user already include:

Increased heart rate

Increased blood pressure

Increased intestinal activity

Decreased appetite

Sweating, Diarrhea, Nausea

Nicotine is just one chemical found in tobacco among over 4,000 others. Because nicotine is not yet officially considered to be a carcinogen, companies continue to promote their nicotine products as healthy alternatives for the individual wishing to cease smoking. However, this recent research shows that nicotine can cause mutations in the genome and proceed to initiate what researchers refer to as a “cancer state.”

If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking, consider cessation methods that do not include nicotine replacement therapy of any kind. Although quitting smoking is a demonstrably difficult task, it is not impossible. Furthermore, nicotine replacement is not necessary for smoking cessation. In fact, this research has shown that nicotine replacement can actually hinder your overall progress more than help. Consider researching or trying some alternative methods for smoking cessation. You can try to quit smoking naturally through utilizing:

Acupuncture – this technique has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of quitting smoking.

Fresh Lime Juice – has been shown through research to be an effective smoking cessation aid.

Hypnosis – when opposed to standard behavioral counseling, hypnosis has performed well as a smoking cessation aid.

– intense exercise, even if only for as little as a few minutes, has been shown to decrease cravings for tobacco and exercise has also been shown to reduce the severity of tobacco withdrawal symptoms.

Massage – cravings for cigarettes can be reduced through massage or self-massage.

St. John’s Wort
– St. John’s Wort has been shown to be therapeutic in regard to nicotine addiction.

– meditation and mindfulness approaches can reduce cravings for cigarettes.

Black Pepper – inhaling black pepper can ease tobacco withdrawal symptoms.

Rhodiola Rosea – this substance can have a therapeutic affect on smoking withdrawal symptoms.





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