Ever since I abandoned the 20+ year addiction to smoking (analog) cigarettes, Ive noticed that even though the nicotine is still present in my e-liquid (Im currently vaping anywhere between 12 and 18mg of nicotine) the drive and need to vape just isnt as strong as the need to light up a cigarette. Now it feels more like snacking or biting fingernails than anything even remotely akin to a hardcore addiction. So how can this be? I know Im still pumping regular amounts of fairly strong nicotine dosages into my body but I dont wake up and immediately make a beeline to take the dog out like I used to. So, being a relatively nerdy (but very cool) guy, the part of my brain that thirsts for scientific dilemmas thought a particular thought: Is nicotine actually addictive? I put in a call to my punctual and reliable friend, Google, and heres what he told me:
Nicotine, by itself, is actually no more addictive than caffeine, and actually produces a similar effect on the body. Its very obvious, when observing the world of nicotine delivery systems, that those who chew nicotine gum, use transdermal nicotine patches, and even those who vape E-cigarettes, still feel that there is something missing at least for a while. Ive known plenty of people who smoke while wearing the patch, or chewing nicotine gum or lozenges. I also know plenty of vapers who still imbibe in analogs, if at a reduced rate. So, through simple logical reasoning, we can inductively arrive at the conclusion that there is something other than nicotine that causes the extremely addictive qualities of tobacco smoking.
According to the National Institute of Drug Addiction, the presence of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in tobacco smoke is actually of higher concern than nicotine. Essentially, these little guys boost your serotonin levels. Theyre anti-depressants. And there, my dear friend, is the issue. Weve all known for years that Big Tobacco purposefully... (Click here to read the rest of my article.)