In this Month without tobacco, many specialists, addictologists and tobacco specialists intervene in the media to advise on stopping smoking. Unsurprisingly, some continue to castigate nicotine and present it as a "poison" even though many studies show the contrary.
We know it is not that simple! It is terrible nowadays to hear at colleagues some specialists castigate the nicotine at this point. Indeed, Sylvie Thépot-Marec, nurse tobacco specialist, and Dominique Stephant, addictologist at the addictology support and prevention care center (CSAPA) declared:
« Nicotine is, along with heroin, the most addictive substance. Physical dependence is rapid. It is his absence that causes withdrawal and leads to lighting a cigarette. It's the adult's blanket! The payoff is immediate. It is often difficult to get rid of it. It is a more socially accepted addiction than alcohol. However, the majority of smokers are successful in quitting on their own with nicotine replacement therapy. But it is important to talk to a healthcare professional, their attending physician or a pharmacist ».
It is very sad to see specialists forgetting to specify that nicotine alone is not more addictive than caffeine or that it is tar and combustion that largely bring about the addiction to cigarettes. For its part, nicotine has often been the subject of studies, whether it is to treat Parkinson's disease or to treat Covid-19 more recently.
But what do these two specialists propose to put an end to smoking? The answer will not surprise anyone: " It is necessary to occupy the moment to postpone the catch. It's up to everyone to find the right avoidance strategy, get out for some fresh air, drink a glass of water, limit the places where you smoke, refrain from doing so in the car, in several rooms of the house ... '.
Nicotine is a danger, so to quit smoking… Drink water! Or consult our complete dossier on nicotine to put an end to the prejudices about this product!