Posted On October 9, 2015

Do you take several drags a day? Or do you find yourself in a smoky room and fall victim to secondhand smoking? If your answer to both or either of these questions is yes, you are vulnerable to headaches or migraine attacks. Nicotine, the harmful ingredient of tobacco smoke, arouses the blood vessels in your brain. Subsequently, these blood vessels become contracted and affect circulation. If you have switched to electronic cigarettes, don’t feel so relieved! No matter how little nicotine e-cigarettes contain, they may still trigger headaches.

Smoking Five Cigarettes a Day May Aggravate the Situation

Be it stress out of personal issues or work load, you try to relax by taking several drags a day during taxing situations. Much to your ignorance, while coping with exhaustion or stress, you actually succumb to an ‘addiction’. Consequently, you end up smoking five or more cigarettes in a single day. At the end of the day, you wonder why you are getting that splitting headache. Well, that’s because, instead of becoming stress-free, you end up injecting more toxins into your system that inadvertently gives you severe headaches.

Believe it or not, your stress levels can reduce if you gradually cut down on your daily intake of tobacco. When you eventually succeed in kicking the butt, oxygen levels in your body are improved. Your mind feels clearer and you feel less exhausted.

Tobacco Odors and Smoke Allergies are Common Triggers

Even if you don’t take a drag, headaches from passive smoking may still bother you. If you are sensitive to tobacco smell or allergic to smoke, stay away from people – be it your spouse, a close friend or social circle, places or situations that make you feel uncomfortable.

Do You Have Cluster Headache?

Cluster headache is a painful condition. You will experience a piercing and unbearable pain. Sometimes, it is more severe and unbearable than migraine headaches. When you are suffering from cluster headache, the symptoms are typical. You will experience intolerable pain on one side of your head. You will feel the pain over your temple, your eye or your forehead. Sometimes, the excruciating pain can even spread to a wider area. This makes diagnosis pretty difficult. Studies have proved that chain smokers are more vulnerable to cluster headaches than non-smokers. If you don’t want to be a victim of this, quit cigarettes immediately. It’s worth the effort.