Smoking is extremely addictive. This is due to the nicotine that it contains, which can making quitting difficult. Research suggests that some people can find nicotine more addictive than heroin.
The effects of nicotine can cause the chemistry of the brain to change, causing smokers to feel pleasure and feelings of being less stressed and anxious. However, the more you smoke each day, the more you will need to achieve these feelings. This can make it more difficult for you to quit, due to the cravings you will have.
The health problems that smoking can cause, such as cancers of various parts of your body, strokes, heart disease, lung disease, and damaged blood vessels.
Smoking can also have a harmful effect on your looks, including staining your teeth, causing wrinkles and gum disease.
Stopping smoking can often initially make you feel anxious, depressed and irritable, which is totally normal and due to the nicotine withdrawal. However, in time this will pass.
Becoming a non-smoker has lots of positives. Your skin will look better, your taste and sense of smell will improve, as well as having more money in your pocket to spend on other things.
To get support with stopping smoking, please get in contact with your school nurse who will be able to signpost you to appropriate support.
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