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Why itís Hard to Quit Smoking

Any former smoker will tell you that quitting isnít easy. A testament to that: The American Cancer Society says 70 percent of smokers want to quit but well over half of those that want to quit never even attempt to do so. That means out of 100 smokers that want to quit nearly 60 wonít even try.

Some say itís because quitting is so difficult and quitting for good often requires multiple attempts. In fact, if you were addicted to both heroine and nicotine, smoking would probably be more difficult of the two.

So, why is it so hard to quit?

The simple answer is nicotine addiction, but it is not so simple. Itís two-fold. There is physical addiction and psychological addiction.

Physical Addiction
Nicotine is naturally occurring drug in tobacco. When you inhale smoke from a cigarette, nicotine spreads throughout the body and messes up the link between nerve cells. This communication breakdown between cells causes you to have a relaxing feeling. When that feeling passes the body craves the feeling again, craves the nicotine, so you want to smoke more. Like drinking alcohol, the more you smoke the more your tolerance builds and more cigarettes are needed to get, and sustain, that buzz.

While trying to quit the physical addiction will cause nicotine withdrawal. The absence of nicotine will cause your body to react with symptoms such as:

  • Impatience or Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping and Fatigue
  • Depression, Anxiety or Hostility
  • Difficulty Concentrating

Psychological Addiction
Over long periods of time as a smoker, a person will begin to use the buzz achieved by nicotine to either mask pain or sorrow and help deal with unpleasant situations or improve and add to the enjoyment of other activities.

If physical addiction were the only issue, there may be a higher success rate for quitting. But dealing with physical dependence and the psychological addiction simultaneously can be overwhelming. Because cigarettes can be used as an aide, this tool for coping, the attachment is stronger. These addictions take such a hold on people that the FDA says an astonishing 50 percent of people who survive surgery for lung cancer due to smoking will reach for a cigarette during recovery.

Smoking becomes linked to so many day to day routines that quitting can affect every part of your life. Talking on the phone, finishing a meal, having a beer or morning coffee, driving, winding down after a long day are all things that may prompt the desire to smoke. And getting angry, frustrated, scared or embarrassed can do the same thing.

Stoptober quit smoking campaign to back e-cigarettes for the first time

New television adverts launched by Public Health England (PHE) encourage smokers to use e-cigarettes, also known as vapes, to overcome their addiction. But on Tuesday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidance expressing ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:43:05 GMT



Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time - in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:13:00 GMT



Ontario County offers services to help you quit smoking

Quitting tobacco and overcoming nicotine addiction can be excruciatingly difficult. Beyond the physical and mental aspect of kicking the habit, there's a behavioral side of things, too. "It takes seven to 10 attempts for people to quit," says ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:19:00 GMT



If You Want To Quit Smoking, Read This Book

Allen Carr encourages you to continue smoking as you read, but I finished The Book in one afternoon, mostly because it was so fucking boring that I couldn't fathom stretching it out over multiple days. Yeah, it's boring. It's incredibly repetitive, to the ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:20:00 GMT



Managing Negative Emotions Can Help Pregnant Smokers Quit

The research involved 70 pregnant women who wanted to quit smoking and reported smoking in response to stress, anger and anxiety. "These women use smoking as a way to manage their negative feelings," Bradizza says. "Many experience poverty ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:11:00 GMT



Quit Smoking with Middlesex

When you participate in Middlesex Hospital's smoking intervention program, there's extra incentive to quit smoking or stop using other tobacco products. Fall smoking intervention classes will be held at the Russell Library, 123 Broad Street in Middletown ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 GMT



Man pushes for smoking ban at Waterloo parks

Vestal quit smoking 16 years ago, and although his mouth hasn't touched a cigarette for years, he says he still feels the effects. "I have trouble breathing when people are smoking around me," said Vestal. In order to prevent children in the community from ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:18:00 GMT



High blood pressure: What is the condition and how YOU can check it

"You may have increased risk of high blood pressure if you are aged over 40 and overweight, although you can reduce the chances by having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, doing daily exercise, quit smoking, cutting down on caffeine, and by sticking ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:20:00 GMT



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