Coffee and Cigarettes ~ If They Only Knew!

For so many people, cigarettes go hand-in-hand with coffee. And yet they have no idea what happens inside the body every time they start mixing them up.

Interesting fact: They interact with each other in that nicotine has an effect on caffeine absorption. Smokers metabolize caffeine twice as fast as a non smoker.

  • Both belong to the stimulant family of drugs.
    • they increase heart rate and speed up other bodily functions.
    • have temporary mood altering behaviours
  • Both easily become habit-forming at a psychological and physical level.
  • Both have the possibility of overdose.
  • Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it tightens the blood vessels thus increasing blood pressure.

So, what does this mean? It means that a smoker has to drink twice as much coffee as a non-smoker to absorb the same amount of caffeine.

 "Why should I care?" you may ask? Well there's a couple of reasons, cigarettes and coffee are both chemicals that increase blood flow, while one of them is restricting your arteries... that doesn't seem like a good idea.

But, thats not so much the direction I'm writing this post about...

There will come a day, when you decide to end the smoking habit.. and that is the day this information will be useful to you.

 When a smoker no longer has nicotine coursing through their veins, their body is suddenly in a position where it is getting ALL the side-effects of caffeine suddenly... You might wake up early in the morning, throw down your usual amount of joe... then shortly after start feeling shaky and jittery (due to the  new caffeine overload) but if you didn't know its the caffeine overload, then your first assumption is that its a cigarette craving making you feel 'on edge'... so perhaps you mistakenly drink even MORE coffee, and get even shakier, thus feeling the cigarette cravings are getting worse... until eventually you might cave to the mistaken crave. But that doesn't have to happen! Because you are now sufficiently educated.

 Okay, so long story short, when you stop smoking (and you will), it's probably a good idea to reduce your caffeine intake, maybe switch over to a half-caff beverage.

 You'll find the transition to a smoke-free life so much smoother....


~"So now you know, and knowing is half the battle" ~GI-Joe