The good feeling a user person gets from nicotine is a result of the body’s defense mechanisms trying to rid itself of the drug and its associated toxins: adrenaline is released into the bloodstream in order to speed up nicotine removal, and the heart beats faster (increasing blood pressure). As a result, more oxygen is carried to the brain and the liver releases sugar. The body’s efforts to remove nicotine force the body into emergency mode, providing an energy lift that the drug culture commonly calls a rush.
Reduction of your nicotine intake will be the measuring tool you will use as you set up your detox plan. It’s virtually impossible to know exactly how much nicotine you’re taking in, because cigarette and spit or snuff tobacco manufacturers are not required to make that information public and several factors impact the amount of nicotine a person absorbs while using use tobacco. Among the many factors are the pH levels of both the tobacco and the user’s saliva and the length of time the tobacco remains in the mouth.
In 1986, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that the
use of smokeless tobacco “is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. It can cause cancer and a number
of non-cancerous conditions and can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.” Also, since 1991, the National Cancer Institute has recommended that the public avoid the use of all tobacco products, due to their high levels of nitrosamines. In a recent study, cancer researchers found that oral tobacco products, including lozenges and moist snuff, are not a good alternative to smoking, since the levels of
cancer-causing nitrosamines in smokeless tobacco and lozenges are very high. Some smokeless products contain the highest amounts of nicotine that can be readily absorbed by the body. What are the ingredients in smokeless tobacco?
• Polonium 210 (nuclear waste)
• N-Nitrosamines (cancer causing)
• Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
• Nicotine (addictive drug)
• Cadmium (used in batteries and nuclear reactor shields)
• Cyanide (poisonous compound)
• Arsenic (poisonous metallic
• Benzene (used in insecticides and motor fuels)
• Lead (nerve poison)
- The Detox process has three important purposes:
To gradually reduce your intake of nicotine so that when you quit completely, you won’t experience physical withdrawal symptoms.
- To identify your emotional use patterns.
- To help you plan what you will do instead.
Nicotine is an addictive substance. This is a fact that has been observed for many years by authorities on the nature of addiction while being strongly denied by tobacco manufacturers and their advocates. Public dispute in the media contributes to the sense of shame many people felt when they tried to quit using tobacco but failed. If nicotine was not addictive, it seemed to be only personal weakness that would cause someone to fail. The good news is that the debate is over: nicotine was officially declared addictive in 1996.
Nicotine n. [Fr. < nicotaine, the tobacco plant < ModL. nicotiana (herba), Nixot’s (plant), after Jean Nicot, Fr. ambassador at Lisbon, who first introduced tobacco into France (1560) a poisonous, water soluble alkaloid, C10H14N12, found in tobacco leaves, from the new world plant of the poisonous nightshade family, and used ordinarily in an aqueous solution of its sulfate, as an insecticide. It is on the web under Botanical Pesticides: Nicotine Sulfate Nicotine is extracted from tobacco or related Nicotiana species and is one of the oldest botanical insecticides in use today. It’s also one of the most toxic to warm-blooded animals and it’s readily absorbed through the skin.
Over the many years I’ve been helping folks to quit, approximately 80% of my students who followed the detox process to the best of their ability, experienced no physical discomfort. The 20% who thought they were physically uncomfortable quickly discovered that the discomfort was actually stemming from their emotional hooks. This detox method is very powerful and it works.