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QC &A #1: Why is Smoking Addictive?
By the Quitter's Circle Staff
December 04, 2017

QC &A #1: Why is Smoking Addictive?

Have questions about quitting smoking that you’ve never asked? Quitter’s Circle is here to help you find the answers to your quitting queries. Use our search bar to find resources and information that can help you understand the quitting process. Can’t find the answer to one of your questions? Let us know on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to answer!

Read on for our answer to a frequently asked quitting question:

Q: Why is smoking addictive?

If you’ve tried to quit smoking before, you know it’s not easy. This is because smoking isn’t just a bad habit – it’s an addiction.

Cigarettes contain a powerful addictive chemical called nicotine. When you smoke, nicotine is sent to your brain, where it attaches to nicotine receptors -- triggering the release of a chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good. Once you’re done smoking, your dopamine levels drop and you may want another cigarette to give you that feeling again. This can create a cycle of addiction that is difficult to break.

Read more about the physical, mental and social components of smoking.


See additional quit smoking resources from our partner American Lung Association.