Does Smoking Relieve Stress: The Answers & More To Using This Smoky Drug

Does Smoking Relieve Stress: The Answers & More To Using This Smoky Drug

Sometimes the best way to blow off the steam of built up stress is to simply do the things you love to do in your free time. However, there are some hobbies and pastimes out there that come off as taboo to a lot of people, especially ones who look out for themselves and deeply care about their own personal health and body.

Smoking is one of these very pastimes. While a lot of people used to smoke back in the old days, today people have cut back on their smoking habits, and even laws prohibit people from smoking in certain areas, such as inside restaurants or, more recently in the UK, inside cars with underage passengers inside.

But is smoking an efficient way of relieving stress? Should non-smokers opt to use this as a method the next time they come under stress, no matter the dangers to their health? Or are there better alternatives to smoking for people who value their health? Let’s dive in and find out.


What Is It About Smoking That Relieves Stress?


While I personally don’t smoke, have never smoked in my entire life and don’t ever plan to, the reason why people take up this damaging habit is simply because each cigarette gives them a “feel good” feeling.

Smoking contains a drug called nicotine, which simply alters your mind and more importantly your mood. As you take a whiff of this hypnotizing smoke, it quickly rushes to your brain and forces it to release feel good chemicals called dopamine.


Does Smoking Relieve Stress Permanently?


While the quick release of dopamine will make you feel good for a short amount of time, you will unfortunately start to feel worse after this partially natural high wears off.

In actuality, your body will encounter the same symptoms it would do if it was stressed; high heart rate and blood pressure will manifest, and your muscles will tense up and less oxygen will be available to your body and brain.

The good feeling people feel while smoking are simply the acts of their brain releasing dopamine as they inhale the nicotine in the smoke; once that feeling dissipates, they will be back to how they were feeling before they took a whiff of the smoke.

So does smoking actually relieve stress? Well, sort of. While you will feel relaxed and stress free in the moment of inhaling the smoke, once the dopamine release finishes, you will feel how you were before and will have to take another whiff for the effect to happen once again.

This kind of stress relief isn’t very effective as it does not relieve stress in the long run. You will need to constantly smoke nicotine in order to feel stress free, and unfortunately with the dangers that smoking brings to the table, this isn’t such a good idea.


What Are The Dangers Of Smoking?


If smoking wasn’t so damaging to your health (and smelly), then perhaps everybody would take it up as a method to relieve stress momentarily and/or to make themselves happy. Sadly, this wouldn’t be the case, as smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body, and is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide.

In the United States alone, smoking kills more than 480,000 people every year; this rounds up to nearly 1 in 5 deaths each year. Perhaps the biggest reason for this is due to the fact that smoking brings about lung cancer, one of the biggest and most lethal cancers on Earth.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you about the dangers from smoking, people who smoke or “smokers” are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and of course lung cancer than people who don’t smoke.

What’s more, smokers are also more likely to develop other cancers as well as lung cancer than non-smokers; it’s so bad that if nobody smoked, 1 in every 3 deaths in the United States would not happen.

In addition to health dangers, there are also financial dangers too. It costs a lot of money to maintain a smoking hobby (cigarettes cost a lot of money, and if you are known to go through a dozen of them per day, the monthly cost of your purchases will be big), and there are far cheaper alternatives to relieving stress than smoking as well.

So What Can You Do Instead Of Smoking To Relieve Stress?


Do Other Things You Enjoy: Rather than smoke, try and spend your free time doing other things you may enjoy; these can range from listening to your favourite music, reading your favourite book; to playing video games or watching TV and/or your favourite movie. Any of these are at the very least less damaging to your health than smoking is; not as smelly either!

Exercise: Try to spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising; this can be from walking around the block of your workplace or from where you live, either in the days when you aren’t working, such as the weekends, to perhaps first thing in the morning before you go to work.

Alternatively, you could opt to cycle or work to the place where you work rather than driving a car or taking public transport, though this depends on how far away your workplace is from where you live.

Eat The Right Kind Of Food: Eating the right kind of food can do wonders to your body and health, but did you know there are certain kinds of food that help to relieve stress? Eating food such as dark chocolate (more of a treat than food, but never mind – nobody will judge you for eating it regularly if you say it helps you to soothe stress) and carrots can help your body to deal with mental strain such as stress and anxiety.




At the end of it all, however, smoking isn’t exactly the best way to relieve stress. Sure, it will go a superb job for a short amount of time with the nicotine of the smoke forcing your brain to release dopamine, making you feel all sorts of happy emotions, but in the long run it could put your body and life under severe risk of dying an unnatural and quite frankly horrible death. Furthermore, the financial costs to maintain your smoking habits will be huge, and you will be spending so much money on cigarettes. 

There are many other methods you can opt rather than smoking which will not only help you to relieve stress in the long run instead of only for a few precious moments, but will also be far healthier than smoking, and won’t put your body at risk of a nasty death.


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