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Posted by Laura
on May 22, 2000 at 23:48:09:
In Reply to: Why it's so hard to quit posted by Nancy O on January 17, 2000 at 05:31:08:
: The problem smokers have quiting is that their underlying problems sabotage their efforts. Smoking causes a release of the "feel" good neurotransmitter serotonin. It may be that the people who are most addicted to cigarettes may have an underlying serotonin deficiency which they will think is cigarette craving long after the nicotine addiction has gone away. Smoking also lowers the thyroid level, which causes stress, which lowers the serotonin level which causes cigarette craving. If you really want to quit, set yourself up for success. Make sure you are eating adequate protein, take B vitamins (your body must have B6 to produce serotonin), and a good quality 5HTP.
Thank you for this info. I am 27 and have been smoking since I was only 14. In the past several years I have not succeeded in staying quit when I attempted to do so. I last about 3 months and get stupid again. This info. is helpful to me and I appreciate the advice. I am going to give it another attempt this month. With this advice, I believe I can succeed. THANKS!
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