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Old 16-05-2012, 04:25
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Long-term psychological effects of smoking tobacco?

Whenever people talk about the long-term health effects of tobacco, they're always talking about the physical effects; heart and lung disease, cancer, etc. Those are well known to me. I am more interested in what the long-term psychological effects of tobacco smoking are. And I'm not talking about the effects of acute nicotine withdrawal and quitting, but the common differences in the minds and personalities of daily smokers vs non-smokers.

If nicotine is such a powerfully addictive drug, if its withdrawal effects are so pronounced, surely there must be mental effects from using it daily? All I have heard described is a "stimulation or increased ability to focus". If nicotine acts on the dopamine pathways in the brain, similar to cocaine or amphetamines, then why aren't smokers as mentally fucked up as long-term coke/speed addicts? Or maybe they are, and they just don't know it? Personally, I feel like most smokers I know are very "high-energy" people, not in the way they work or move, but in the way they talk and socialize. I have also noticed that most smokers have a shorter temper than others, and are quick to anger, even when they are actively smoking (so its not withdrawal-related anger).

I ask because I have been smoking for almost 5 years now, and I feel like there are certain parts of my mind, or certain feelings, that I haven't felt since I was a non-smoker. It is very hard to describe. I am wondering if quitting smoking, after all the acute withdrawal is over, if I might feel better mentally in some ways than I do now as a smoker?
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Old 16-05-2012, 15:44
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Re: Long-term psychological effects of smoking tobacco?

first, smokers do have on average different personality traits than non-smokers, but is it due to nicotine or are these people just more likely to smoke?

second, personally speaking, i feel mentally better as a smoker, i used to be a bit dramatic but smoking made me a bit calm and i actually feel more meta-emotions after becoming a smoker.

as far as long term effects, all the people i met who quit, didn't show the symptoms of low dopamine or a missed up brain chemistry after a few weeks.

as far as temper, i dont think its related to nicotine, think of pipe smokers, they look calm as hell.

PS; i been a smoker for a long time, so dont take my word because i forgot how being a non-smoker feels like.

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