For just about as long as I can remember, everyone has been saying that cigarettes have been horrible for your health. With the cancer causing properties, chemicals, and even potential death, I do not blame anyone for saying so. But what about one of the most important ingredients in cigarettes? Nicotine? The one ingredient that is responsible for people getting addicted to it? is it on its own really that bad for you? Well that’s what this next story aims to clear up.
Research shows that while nicotine is addictive on its own, the chemicals in cigarettes heavily amplify the effects of it. On its own, similar to caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant which stimulates the information processing systems inside your mind. There is even inconclusive evidence stating that it may even slow down the process of developing both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is also evidence promoting the idea that nicotine can cause changes in the adolescent’s brain development, especially the parts responsible for intelligence, language and memory, leading us to believe that those eighteen and under should not be exposed to it.
My standpoint on this is that anything addictive should be avoided all together. Sure, research may show that nicotine on its own may not be nearly as harmful to the body when looked at in isolation, but at the end of the day, it is still addictive, and addiction in itself is unhealthy. Addiction is not merely when you like to do something and are sad when you are unable to, addiction is when you begin to behave erratically after a certain period of time without whatever product it is. Some of my friends or peers could easily point the finger at me and say that I am addicted to the gym, but I want to argue and say that I am not. If I am not able to workout for a month, I will merely shrug it off and go “well this sucks”, but that’s about as far as I will take it. If you have lived your life up until now without the direct exposure to nicotine, I see no reason to start. Personally, even if nicotine provided a whole bunch of health benefits proven strongly by scientific experiments and research, I would still stay away from it, because I simply refuse to take the chance of having some product a company sells control any part of my life.