TopConsumerReviews.com is a world-leading consumer product review site. We provide detailed reviews and ratings for thousands of products and services.
Any former smoker will tell you that quitting isn't 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 won't even try.
Some say it's 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. It's two-fold. There is physical addiction and psychological 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:
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.
Top Consumer Reviews Articles
TopConsumerReviews.com provides unique articles that you won't find anywhere else on the internet. These articles are designed to help you make the most informed decisions possible.
Stop Smoking In The News
In 1965, the United States Surgeon General issued the first warning that cigarettes are harmful, yet almost 54 years later smoking still causes nearly a half a million American deaths each year ...
Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:05:00 GMT
The goal of the Smokeout is to encourage smokers to quit today or take steps to develop a plan to quit smoking. According to the American Cancer Society, within minutes of quitting smoking, the body s...
Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:39:00 GMT
Many women spend more time trying not to get pregnant than attempting to conceive, but when they're ready to have a baby it may turn out to be trickier than they thought. "There's only a 20 to 25 perc...
Published: Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:36:00 GMT
Thursday, Nov. 15, is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout and Essentia Health wants to help smokers quit for good for better health. "We surveyed communities where we have hospitals, ...
Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:11:00 GMT
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Decreasing smoking rates brought together behavioral health professionals today in La Crosse. The Coulee Recovery Center hosted training on The Bucket Approach to stop smoking ...
Published: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:03:00 GMT
- View Full Site -
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without the express written consent of TopConsumerReviews.com, LLC is strictly prohibited.