How addictive is smoking?

2017-03-08 14:05:54

Physically, is it physically addictive? Think about it. Now, I know most of you out there will think, "Well, of course, it's physically addictive otherwise, I'd just stop." 


See about 10 years the AMA, American and Medical Association, they got together the best doctors, the best neurosurgeons, the best addictions specialists, psychiatrists in the world. They threw tens of millions of dollars at this project and it was simply to find if nicotine was physically addictive onto your system. And after 10 years of research, a big, heavy paper that you can probably find online somewhere, it's about 657 pages if you wanna read it. Best minds in the world researching it, you know what they concluded? That nicotine is not physically addictive.

Now, interesting when you say, to yourself, "Well, why do I keep smoking?" Well, keep watching the video. See, a cigarette has about 2,500 ingredients in it, about 67 of those are proven to cause cancer. Now, with an addictive substance that somebody uses in their life, you need to keep upping the dosage to get the same effect. Hence, the alcoholic is drinking far more beverages, far more units of alcohol now than when he first started or when she started, the same with the heroin addict, the heroin addict isn't on the same level of heroin now as they were when they first started because they had to keep up and upping, and upping the dosages.

Now, what tends to happen with smokers is, a smoker doesn't tend to go from one packet a day to two packets a day to four packets a day to eight packets a day. They generally find their level and they level out that might be one that might be two-packet but then they pretty much have a holding pattern of smoking that same amount throughout their smoking career, but they don't have to smoke more and more and more once they've leveled out to get that same high, it's another reason why smoking isn't physically addictive.

Now, basically, if smoking was physically addictive then people who work in areas that are filled with smoke like in Las Vegas, like I recently came back to, people who work in bars, people who work in clubs, the casinos, these types of environment where smoke is present. For some of these people who don't smoke, what would happen is and what does happen oftentimes with them, is they get lung cancer, they actually get cancer through working in these areas, and passively smoking through, years and years and years of this. They die but they still don't smoke. The passive smokers still doesn't smoke but they catch lung cancer before they smoke, doesn't that seem ridiculous? Because it was addicted...if it was addictive they've actually got 10, 20 years working in this casino-like or bar environment, they'd be smelling those Marlboro Lights and if it was physically addictive, they'd just come over to you and be like, "What is that? Is that Marlboro Lights? Can I score some of those off you?" No, they don't smoke. In fact, their system would rather give them cancer or make them die, it does that before they become physically addictive.

And I ask you as a smoker, when was the last time that you woke up at 2:37 a.m. and your body is shaking uncontrollably and you are foaming at your mouth, and you're willing to kill your most beloved person next to you in order to get a hit of your drug, to get a hit of that cigarette? Now, you might wake up and you might go to a washroom, and you might say to yourself, "You know what, think I like a little cigarette to go with this," you might do that but you don't have an uncontrollable urge in your body where you foam and there's a chemical reaction in your body that you have to have it. It doesn't happen.