Nicotine Addiction

Condition

Nicotine addiction makes it very difficult to quit smoking.

Tobacco contains nicotine, an addictive substance that makes people crave it and as such it is hard to break the habit. Nicotine is delivered quickest to the bloodstream when it is smoked.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has welcomed the Irish government’s initiative to increase the cost of a packet of cigarettes as making tobacco more expensive results in fewer people smoking.

Tobacco also contains other chemicals which also increase its addictiveness.

Health Risks of Smoking

Smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, increases heart disease and has adverse effects on pregnant women and their unborn babies – most of these conditions are caused by the other chemicals within tobacco smoke, rather than the nicotine itself, which is why vaping can be a good alternative to lower the health risks while still satisfying the craving for nicotine.

Nicotine itself can also cause brain alterations that can make people more irritable, cause attention and sleep difficulties, augmentation in appetite and to cause people to crave cigarettes.

Cancer

  • As well as causing lung cancer (90% of cases), smoking can cause other forms of cancers such as cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx or oesophagus, cancer of the kidneys and bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.

Pregnancy

  • Smoking during pregnancy endangers the mother and unborn baby’s health as well as increasing the possibility of experiencing a miscarriage, premature or pre-term birth, stillbirth, and low rates of weight in newborn babies.

Heart/Blood Circulation

  • Smoking has adverse health effects on your heart and blood circulation and can increase the chances of getting a heart disease diagnosis as well as the increased chance of a heart attack or stroke, cerebro (brain) vascular disease or peripheral vascular disease.

Damage to the Lungs

  • Smoking cigarettes damages the lungs and increases the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema.

Conventional Treatments

The HSE offers support for those who want to quit smoking (www.quit.ie).

  • GPs can prescribe nicotine replacement, medication to cease smoking and referrals.
  • There is information and support offered by the HSE.
  • Nicotine patches, gums and sprays are available in pharmacies.
  • Vaping or e-cigarettes.
  • Holistic/Complementary Therapies such as Hypnosis and Acupuncture.

rTMS Treatment to Quit Smoking

There is research evidence suggesting that rTMS can help with addiction to nicotine.

TMS has a direct effect on the brain areas associated with addiction and has proved successful in treating people with nicotine addiction and other substances.

rTMS Treatment Centres

rTMS treatment for addiction to nicotine is now available at our Dublin Clinic as well as in London and Birmingham.

If you would like more information about TMS treatment for nicotine addiction, please contact us and we will be happy to help.