Smokers have different excuses to keep lighting up despite the huge pressure from their family, friends and community to quit. One of the most common reasons is the ability of tobacco to improve their concentration. In a medical viewpoint, nothing correlates smoking with concentration. So what it is? It’s time to quash the brainwashing.
Here are the facts about smoking and its effects on concentration:
- Smoking DOESN’T improve concentration. Concentration as an effect of smoking is just a popular belief. Bet you believe in the law of attraction. Remember the old saying “what your mind can think, you can achieve”. Maybe you have tried smoking at a stressful moment in your life. Maybe you light up before facing your computer, or before you do your homework. Because you believe it will keep you focus on the task at hand. But in reality, the toxins found in tobacco are disrupting the blood flow in your body, preventing the oxygen to reach your brain. As a result, your mental performance is affected. Carbon monoxide which is released by tobacco smoke is a poison, and not a concentration enhancer. Smoking makes you irritable. The moment you start to feel the withdrawal pang, you will immediately crave for a cigarette. Then you light up. You feel good again. And the cycle continues.
- Smoking REDUCES the mind’s ability to concentrate. The truth is, smoking makes concentration difficult. Although another cigarette is likely to relieve the withdrawal symptoms and make you feel relieved, it will just resort to another one, and so on. Until you find yourself addicted and totally dependent on the drug. You just don’t notice it because you’re in elation. But actually, you couldn’t concentrate. You are stressed, and your body is weak.
- It’s a MYTH, a form of BRAINWASHING. Improved concentration as an effect of smoking is just a product of brainwashing that tobacco manufacturers have instilled in our minds. They won’t admit it. But they have invested millions to study how the public will subconsciously want to light up. But if smokers will open their minds not as a way to quit but just to understand and bust off the myths, they will start to realize that smoking is never helpful, in any way.
- Smoking worsens our MOOD. Now you will wonder. What is that smokers who quit find it hard to keep their focus during the cessation period? That is because of the withdrawal pang. Smoking is a form of addiction. In medical terms, addiction refers to a habit that produces undesirable side effects to a person if not sustained. The nicotine in tobacco changes the brain chemistry. During smoking cessation, one of the areas affected is the region in the brain that is associated with mood. Anxiety and irritability are likely to happen. Lack of concentration, stress and fatigue are associated with these symptoms.
Fortunately, there are smoking cessations products that block the nicotine from attaching to the brain cells, relieving the withdrawal symptoms. Quitting smoking today is a choice. By accepting the fact that it doesn’t do any good to you and it doesn’t help you in anything, you will realize that quitting smoking isn’t giving up smoking, it’s setting yourself free from tobacco slavery.