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How effective is nicotine/tobacco for sa?


I hear smokers talk about how smoking relaxes them but this is generally only because it relieves the withdrawal symptoms and this is turn relieves any other stress that might be weighing on their mind at the time. So for any smokers out there how effective is this stress relief from getting your nicotine fix in regards to social anxiety? Does it wipe it out for a small amount of time?

I've smoked a few cigarettes to the point of feeling nauseated. It was relaxing to some degree but not in that nice alcohol or benzo sedative way. I don't want to get addicted to find out if it will take away my sa for a while as it relieves the withdrawals.
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Ha, sorry mate, I'm not following you about, I'm not your Dad or anything but listen son watch those benzos and dont you dare start smoking.



It may seem like its helping but it wont do anything meaningful for SA, GAD, Depression etc
but it does make you look cool.....


When you give up, you realise it was never actually doing anything in those times of stress.


That said, you do look cool, and you cant beat a good smoke to wake you up in the morning, or after a nice meal, or before bed, with a coffee, or a beer

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Ha, sorry mate, I'm not following you about, I'm not your Dad or anything but listen son watch those benzos and dont you dare start smoking.



It may seem like its helping but it wont do anything meaningful for SA, GAD, Depression etc
but it does make you look cool.....


When you give up, you realise it was never actually doing anything in those times of stress.


That said, you do look cool, and you cant beat a good smoke to wake you up in the morning, or after a nice meal, or before bed, with a coffee, or a beer
I have dodged uncomfortable situations by ducking out for a smoke so it's always handy to have a smoke or two on you. But I don't plan on taking up smoking as I can't help but worry about lung cancer and even one or two smokes on the weekend will cause minor withdrawals (headache, irritation, depression) during the week. Where I live tobacco is ridiculously overpriced and a 20 pack is about $30.
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Hi, I would advise you to ask specialists) but in general I am negative
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The one time I took a drag on a cig I darn near hacked up a lung!


...coincidentally the one time I did pot made me paranoid lol
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Don't do it! Once you get addicted, it's super hard to quit. I am an anxious mess with or without it. It's not worth it.

I started smoking when I was 15. Ive quit three times so far (I'm 33). Longest I made it was 3 ****ing years and caved. Went right back to smoking a pack a day. I recently quit again in April after being back at it for 2 years. Im not gonna lie, I get strong urges and it ****ing sucks.

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Don't do it! Once you get addicted, it's super hard to quit. I am an anxious mess with or without it. It's not worth it.

I started smoking when I was 15. Ive quit three times so far (I'm 33). Longest I made it was 3 ****ing years and caved. Went right back to smoking a pack a day. I recently quit again in April after being back at it for 2 years. Im not gonna lie, I get strong urges and it ****ing sucks.
I quit for good ~2007 and I still get daily cravings for a smoke. I often don't even recognize it as a cigarette craving because it's been so long but my brain just knows nicotine is "supposed to be" there. And this is all despite the fact that smoking really did some damage to my health.

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And also, smoking is relaxing (to a certain degree) but once you get hooked it isn't relaxing anymore and just makes you more anxious because you're always looking forward to that next smoke and can't focus on right now. It's like any other drug addiction. It ends up taking over your life.

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I quit for good ~2007 and I still get daily cravings for a smoke. I often don't even recognize it as a cigarette craving because it's been so long but my brain just knows nicotine is "supposed to be" there. And this is all despite the fact that smoking really did some damage to my health.

Congrats dude. That is definitely an epic milestone. I know the feeling. It's like I get a wave of needing to inhale smoke in my lungs. I've been going through it lately, and I've been very tempted to pick it back up... but trying my hardest! Hoping I can make it this time, but as with everything else... not garuntees in life.

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Afaik nicotine makes anxiety symptoms/stress worse so counterproductive.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-sm...alth-benefits/

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Smoking, anxiety and mood

Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because smoking seems to relieve stress and anxiety.

It's a common belief that smoking helps you relax. But smoking actually increases anxiety and tension.

Smokers are also more likely than non-smokers to develop depression over time.

Why it feels like smoking helps us relax

Smoking cigarettes interferes with certain chemicals in the brain.

When smokers haven't had a cigarette for a while, the craving for another one makes them feel irritable and anxious.

These feelings can be temporarily relieved when they light up a cigarette. So smokers associate the improved mood with smoking.

In fact, it's the effects of smoking itself that's likely to have caused the anxiety in the first place.

Cutting out smoking does improve mood and reduces anxiety.

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Nicotine is a stimulant. Stimulants normally exacerbate anxiety.


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Beyond what others have said, I just want to point out that the middle of a pandemic of deadly respiratory virus may not be the best time to take up smoking, even if it did work for what you wanted it to.
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