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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.

High school removes bathroom doors to stop smoking

In an effort to curb smoking and vaping in restrooms, a high school in Maryland has removed some of the bathroom doors. Officials at Broadneck High School made the decision to remove the entrance doors to some bathrooms following an increase in student ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:53:00 GMT



Advice for the Good Doctor: Stop Smoking Cash

Dealing with sickness is recession-proof, especially in a country as big as China. That doesn't make it an automatic money-spinner, as the health portal of China's Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. is finding. It's a disruption model whose time has come: The ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:03:00 GMT



Liam Payne enjoys a ciggie break after vowing to quit smoking for baby Bear

Liam hasn't kicked the habit just yet (Picture: Backgrid) Liam Payne has struggled to kick the habit of smoking, despite vowing to quit after the birth of his son Bear. And it look like he still can't fight the urge. The 24-year-old was seen puffing on ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:15:00 GMT



Smoking Vapor's MiPod Is A Solid, Hip Vape That Transcends My Outdated Lingo

"We are constantly tweaking and improving the device through rolling changes so that the consumers get a world class experience," says Smoking Vapor President and Co-Founder Geoff Habicht. "Dry hit pod We will replace it. MiPod stop ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:28:00 GMT



As younger men's smoking rises, so does their stroke risk

The bottom line: quit. But if you can't, smoking fewer cigarettes may help reduce your risk, the researchers said. "We found that men who smoked were 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked," said lead researcher Janina Markidan ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:53:00 GMT



Mehwish Hayat's smoking picture sparks social media outrage

Quit smoking). Coming from a truly patriarchal society, this line brings me to the assertion of the male chauvinist: "Women ought to obey men" . Now, this man also singlehandedly gives us reason to believe that women are less intelligent than men.

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:36:00 GMT



Online ads help pregnant smokers quit

Online ads encouraging pregnant smokers to take up stop-smoking support could be more effective at reaching women than advice delivered in a clinical setting - according to new research involving the University of East Anglia. A new NIHR-funded study ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:52:00 GMT



Why does smoking pot give you the munchies

The brain is divided into regions: Some areas control our moods, whereas others influence our appetite, causing us to eat or stop eating. Anytime we consume a drug, it gets distributed everywhere, so when THC enters the parts of the brain that affect mood ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:57:00 GMT



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