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Beware! Smoking results into self-destructive psychopathic condition
Authors Alan Felthous and Henning Sass in their book "The International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law: Diagnosis and Treatment, Volume 1" warn that the economic impact of society's efforts to rehabilitate and contain psychopathically disordered individuals can be enormous.

Therefore, understanding these disorders, developing valid assessment methods and providing safe, effective treatments is of paramount importance, they suggest.

From psychological point of view, smoking is now seen as a psychopathic disorder. We are more aware of the dangerous biological effects of tobacco chewing and cigarette smoking in the form of mouth, throat and lung cancers. But unfortunately, less attention is paid to its psychopathic effects since it not treated as a personality disorder in the form of a psychopathic condition.

It has been often seen that the entertainment industry, intellectual addicts and market forces often glorify smoking for their vested interests.

Various research studies have revealed that tobacco and its smoke has about 4000 chemicals in it. The most talked about chemical in tobacco is nicotine which is basically a stimulant. Nicotine stimulates certain body receptors (acetycholine receptors found in the muscles of skull) and increases the activity level of specific neurons (dopaminergic neurons in the brain).

Since nicotine is a brain stimulant, it leads to tobacco addiction. Medical and psycho-social therapies treat nicotine as an addictive substance. Once one starts smoking regularly, it is so addictive that it becomes quite difficult to quit.

The scientific studies have shown that breaking the nicotine dependency is as difficult as the opium dependency.

Due to the medical and social reasons when one is asked to quit smoking, its sudden stoppage results in to the following disturbing symptoms:

•Irritability
•Feeling of frustration, anxiety, and restlessness
•Increased appetite and often a weight gain
•Acute craving for nicotine

Thus, smoking ultimately results into an organic mental disorder called "nicotine-induced organic mental disorder."

In short, one must make an informed choice about smoking and should not take to it under pressure or as a copy cat or as a stimulant. Don't breathe out valuable human life into smoke.

Remember that 'smoking is injurious to health – physical health, mental health and spiritual health'.

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