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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.

It May Sound Like Common Sense, but Here Are All the Reasons You Should Quit Smoking

Besides the fact that it's strongly linked to lung cancer, there are plenty of reasons to quit smoking. Whether it's your New Year's resolution or you're trying to make a change to live a healthier lifestyle (for yourself and your family), you're doing ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:20:03 GMT



Effective ways to quit smoking healthy

It really isn't breaking news that cigarettes are addictive and harmful to your body, but smokers still keep right on smoking. Trying to quit smoking will without a doubt be one of the greatest challenges that you face in your life and you will probably ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:29:00 GMT



Do You Want To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

The STOP program delivers research-based, cost-free smoking cessation workshops in local communities. Eligible participants will: Attend an education session, and receive a five-week course of nicotine patches. To learn more, see if you qualify, and to ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:04:00 GMT



What Your Partner Who Is Quitting Smoking Wants You To Know

If you thought you couldn't stand it when your partner was a full-time chain-smoker, just wait and see what it's like when he tries to quit. You might miss the days when he was just smoking, and not thinking about quitting smoking. At least when he was ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:02:00 GMT



Quit Genius, backed by Y Combinator, wants to help you quit smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. But despite the products out there to help, from nicotine patches and gum to ecigarettes to scary PSAs and government programs, few of these products actually get people to the point ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:03:00 GMT



How to quit smoking - for good: Psychologist David Coleman on his own nicotine addiction

Nobody wakes up one morning and, out of nowhere, stops smoking. Successfully giving up smoking takes a lot of thought, planning, effort and commitment. There is a lot of psychological research about change, about how we come to change, what motivates us to ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:49:00 GMT



Six tips to quit smoking this year

Though seven in 10 tobacco smokers want to quit, kicking the habit is considered one of the most challenging resolutions to achieve. With any lifestyle change, creating a plan of action must involve manageable shifts in behavior based on specific short and ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:04:00 GMT



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