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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.

NYPD Will Stop Arresting SOME People For Smoking Pot

Last month, in response to new evidence that the NYPD is misrepresenting its reasons for overwhelmingly targeting minorities in marijuana arrests, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill promised to do something about the persistent ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:08:00 GMT



How vaping helps even hardened smokers quit

Vaping helps people stop smoking - even when they don't want to, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A study published today shows that smokers who switch to vaping may be better able to stay smoke-free in the long term.

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:04:00 GMT



Letter: You can get help to stop smoking

June is Men's Health Month. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and costs 11,100 Hoosier lives every year. There are many reasons why men may want to quit smoking: "Ę Men are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women.

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:15:00 GMT



Quitting smoking can add years, as well as quality of life

Quitting smoking could be the most important decision a smoker can make. Smokers are more likely to develop diseases like lung, throat and mouth cancer. And they're more likely to die earlier than are people who don't light up. Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:49:00 GMT



Govt to ban smoking across all GHA and ERS sites

The new regulations aim to promote a healthier and cleaner environment for all patients, visitors, residents and staff of the GHA and ERS and to encourage members of the community to stop smoking. "The ban on smoking within GHA and ERS premises is very ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:54:00 GMT



NYC will stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public

New Yorkers with no prior record who are found smoking marijuana in public will face criminal summonses rather than arrests under a new policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The change marks a shift in marijuana enforcement in New York City as ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:11:00 GMT



Finally, New York Will Stop Arresting Most People for Blazing in Public

With governor Andrew Cuomo seemingly warming up to the idea of legalizing pot, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a major step toward a more weed-friendly NYC: Starting September 1, most residents who wind up smoking pot in public won't be arrested.

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:22:00 GMT



De Blasio announces NYPD will no longer arrest people for smoking weed in public

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday announced that beginning later this year, city police will stop arresting people for smoking marijuana in public. De Blasio said that the overhaul to marijuana policy, which has been expected for weeks ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:18:00 GMT



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