Why do a lot of people feel the urge to smoke cigarettes while using alcohol or drugs?


I understand why infrequent smokers and others choose to smoke while drinking alcohol. But why do cigs become more valuable than the vape I have in my pocket. I vape regularly but like to smoke cigs when I drink. Despite having a nicotine device in my pocket the size of a lighter, me or other friends enjoy smoking cigarettes instead of a vape while drinking.

In: Biology

Smoking cigarettes activates qualitatively different reward pathways (chemical and behavioral) than just consuming nicotine in isolation (and, although I’ve never seen an explicit study on it, probably vaping as well). There is also a comorbidity between alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking in which ethanol potentiates the chemical pathways that produce nicotine cravings.