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Why is it that every time I smoke cigarettes my mind races & my anxiety heavily increases?

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Dr. Ernest Degidio
Family Medicine
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In brief: It's the nicotine

Nicotine is a stimulant, and stimulants are likely to worsen anxiety.
It can make you jumpy, jittery, and anxious even if you don't have anxiety. If you have anxiety, it can make it worse. A stimulant is the opposite of some of the types of drugs that treat anxiety. Besides the nicotine, cigarettes have many other unhealthy chemicals that are bad for you. Of course, I recommend you quit smoking.

In brief: It's the nicotine

Nicotine is a stimulant, and stimulants are likely to worsen anxiety.
It can make you jumpy, jittery, and anxious even if you don't have anxiety. If you have anxiety, it can make it worse. A stimulant is the opposite of some of the types of drugs that treat anxiety. Besides the nicotine, cigarettes have many other unhealthy chemicals that are bad for you. Of course, I recommend you quit smoking.
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