Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco that is very powerful and results in both psychological and physiological needs. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain the results in feelings of pleasure, and is released when nicotine is consumed. Typically, as time progresses, an individual’s need for nicotine increases to produce the same levels of satisfaction, this is nicotine dependence (RNAO, 2007)
Quitting tobacco can be one of the hardest things to do, however one of the greatest ways to enhance quality of life. Studies indicate that it can take someone up to 30 attempts to quit tobacco successfully (OTRU, 2017). Quitting is a journey that involves changes in lifestyle, values, social circles, thinking and feeling patterns, and coping skills (RNAO, 2007). Support is available both locally and provincial/federally to clients and healthcare and social service providers, interested in tobacco cessation for themselves or their clients.
It takes multiple attempts to quit smoking. Don’t quit trying. Get tools and tips to help you quit at www.ontario.ca/quitsmoking.
- Free information and support by phone, online, and text messaging.
- Tips and tools to help you quit using tobacco.
- Professional, non-judgmental Quit Specialists.