Smoking is a very harmful occupation, and everyone is well aware of this. And it is especially harmful due to the fact that its effect does not pass without a trace. It has a long-term effect on the body – and if a person is not going to quit his bad habit, then the effect can even become permanent.
Tobacco smoke contains a huge amount of various harmful substances – about four thousand. And the most harmful of them is nicotine – one of the most dangerous plant poisons, which in principle exist in nature. Damage from it can be colossal. But the worst part is that this substance just does not disappear after smoking. That would be too easy. It stays in the blood for some time. But which one? Let’s try to find out in order to better understand all the harm that is caused to the human body when smoking (including passive). So how much nicotine is kept in the blood?
How does nicotine behave in the body?
Nicotine, when it enters the body, is very well and quickly absorbed by the mucous membranes:
- the stomach;
- the esophagus;
- the mouth.
First, of course, it is absorbed into the lungs – at least because of the large area of the latter. The figures of the volume of nicotine that is absorbed in principle are quite frightening – if you breathe in smoke, then about 90% of all the nicotine that is contained in the cigarette can be absorbed. If you do not inhale the smoke, then this amount drops to 10% or more – but still, with frequent smoking, it causes very great harm.
How long has nicotine been in the body?
Nicotine has a half-life of about a couple of hours after it enters the bloodstream. The lungs, liver and kidneys process the largest part of it. Some of its share in the processed form is excreted from the body after about ten to fifteen hours. Finally, it can be withdrawn only forty-eight hours after the moment of smoking the last cigarette.
In nursing mothers, the situation is even worse – because nicotine tends to accumulate in breast milk, harming the baby. And sometimes this harm can be very considerable.
How to quickly withdraw?
If you want nicotine in your blood to not accumulate, but to leave the body as soon as possible, you need to help it exit. To take him out, walk as much as possible, drink as many dairy products as possible, freshly squeezed juices, and just water. And then your body will be cleansed much faster – and much less harm will be done to it. Inhalations with essential oils help not bad. Although the best thing, of course, is simply not to smoke in principle, than to “litter” the body, and then try to remove toxins from it.
Nicotine is a substance that causes exceptional harm to the body. There are many reasons not to start smoking – one more convincing than the other. And on top of that, nicotine is not removed from the blood instantly, as we have seen, it only enhances the harm, which is already quite considerable.
But the worst part is that nicotine in your blood is by no means the longest excreted component of tobacco smoke. Various resins and other toxic substances can accumulate in it for many months – and repeated smoking will only prevent them from leaving. Therefore, when you smoke, you destroy your body – and then withdrawing everything is not so simple. So refrain from this addiction, if you care about your health. There is nothing good when various negative substances accumulate in your body. A healthy lifestyle is much preferable in any circumstances.