Get rid of your “cigarette hangover” for good the natural way
07/20/2018 // Janine Acero // Views

Did you know that when you smoke, you get not just one, nor two, but three dangerous chemicals seeping into your body? Most people think it's the nicotine that holds them captive in this dangerous habit, but the truth is, it's the combination of three toxic chemicals in one cigarette stick that traps you in the vicious cycle of smoking.

According to Sean David Cohen, author of the book "Don't Eat Cancer," you subject yourself to a chemical hangover when you smoke, particularly from three distinct substances found in cigarettes: Pesticide, ammonia, and bleach.

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In his video, Cohen shows three vials of the aforementioned chemicals and shares that he's had "people smell 'em in my class because when you smell 'em, you'll swear that you would not drink a shot of it. Not even for a hundred dollars or a thousand dollars, 'cause you know it'll kill you. But you're smoking it [with] every puff."

The first chemical is pesticide. According to Cohen, pesticide is sprayed on tobacco leaves, which are also genetically modified to contain weed-killer and hornworm bug-killer, the common pest of tobacco plants -- so there is pesticide both on and in the plants. Pesticide that has seeped into the DNA fabric of tobacco also finds its way into your body when you smoke a cigarette, which ultimately gives you a "chemical hangover," as Cohen puts it.

So how do you find relief from the sickening effects of pesticide in your cigarette? The second chemical, ammonia, does that trick.


Cohen states that cigarette manufacturers use ammonia to free-base the nicotine to make it "vapor-ready." Nicotine, which is a stimulant, makes your body produce dopamine, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. After the effects of nicotine wear off and you start to feel the effects of the other chemicals again, how do you find relief? With another cancer-stick, no doubt.

Lastly, Cohen points out that the characteristic white stick of a cigarette is due to the paper's treatment with bleach, the last chemical in his list. "You are literally smoking bleach, pesticide, and ammonia," he emphasizes.

Focus on nutrition

How do you release yourself from the seemingly endless cycle of depending on nicotine for relief and stimulation? Cohen points out that the focus should be on nutrition: Giving your body the proper nutrition it needs to help you feel good without resorting to chemical stimulants.

He shares two products that he swears by, which will help you get rid of "cigarette hangover," as he calls it. These products, which naturally increase dopamine production in your body, are included in his other book, "14 & Out: Stop Smoking Naturally in 14 Days."

It's a combination of organic supplements: Dopabean, which is derived from Mucuna pruriens or velvet bean, a type of legume; and Raw Fiber from Garden of Life. According to Cohen, these products can help replenish the nutrients your body constantly loses from all that smoking, without the "chemical hangover" or other side effects which leave you feeling sick. In addition, taking these supplements isn't addictive – you don't have to worry about overdosing. And the best part is, you don't have to break your bank to buy them. Nutrition has never been more affordable.

Other natural ways to help you quit smoking

Aside from improving your nutrition, alternative therapies are also effective in helping your body adjust to breaking the habit and eventually get used to a cigarette-free life. These therapies include:

  • Acupuncture – This healing technique is found to be one of the most effective, drug-free ways to quit smoking. Acupuncture provides relief from withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, restlessness and the jitters. It can also help increase serotonin in the body, which helps reduce the desire to smoke.
  • Aromatherapy – According to a study, daily users of nicotine had reduced cravings when they inhaled certain essential oils, such as black pepper and angelica root. Moreover, it was found that inhaling black pepper essential oil produces a response in the respiratory tract that resembles what is experienced during smoking. To quell your smoking craving, add a drop of black pepper essential oil to a tissue and inhale.
  • Exercise – Exercising releases endorphins and serotonin, which are natural compounds in the body that help produce a relaxed and happy state. Exercising outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine can help enhance the activity's positive impact and overall mood.
  • Meditation – Meditation or mindfulness training, wherein you focus on quieting your mind and body, helps ease the psychological distress that smokers experience during the first few weeks of withdrawal.

Interested in other natural ways to help you finally break free of this habit? Head over to to learn more.

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