Why is it so hard to quit nicotine addiction? Interview with Prof. Dr. med. Wulf Rössler

28.09.2018 - Addiction, Articles, Interviews, Videos

Nicotine addiction is a deadly disease. Cigarette smoke contains around 4,000 chemicals include at least harmful 250 substances and 50 of which are known to cause cancer. Furthermore, studies results by Staudt unequivocally indicate that even short-time E-cigarettes (EC) smoking deregulates biology of the human lung, independently of nicotine, and that inhaling of the non-nicotine derived chemicals present in EC-aerosols are actually harmful. Most people are aware that smoking is bad for our health – yet according to the World Health Organization around one billion people continue to use tobacco.

Why is it so hard to quit nicotine addiction?

You can become addicted to nicotine after the first cigarette. Some 12- and 13-year-olds showed evidence of addiction within days of their first cigarette, according to research reported this month in the British Medical Association journal Tobacco Control.

Nicotine works both as a relaxant and a stimulant. This means that it can quell our emotions and assist us in focusing our thoughts. Because of this, it constitutes a highly addictive drug. Apart from physical addiction, the suppressant effect that nicotine has on our emotions can also result in psychological dependence.

How does nicotine affect the brain and body? How to treat nicotine addiction? View our video interview with Prof. Dr. med. Wulf Rössler.

Wulf Rössler – member of The Kusnacht Practice Board of Directors – As an academic, he regularly participates in scientific symposiums as a keynote speaker and has also coordinated several large-scale research programmes. He has written numerous publications concerning a wide range of mental health issues as well, including 550 articles, 350 entries in PubMed and several textbooks discussing topics regarding Art Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Emergency Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and the prevention of mental disorders.

Currently, he is a member of a number of editorial boards for various scientific journals and is the Chief Editor of Frontiers in Public Mental Health.


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