Why Is It So Hard To Quit Smoking?

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Are you hooked? If not then why is it so hard?to quit? Many of the ex-smokers admit that quitting smoking is the?hardest and the most straining experience that they have had in their?whole life. You may have tried very hard to quit many a times in your?life and for a few days or say for a few months, but the cravings for?cigarettes is such that you pick it up unconsciously. You may promise to?yourself that you would take only a single puff but this ultimately?leads to continuation of the habit all over again.

Cigarette smoke contains tar and nicotine and more than 40?carcinogenic chemicals. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs, as?addictive as the cocaine and heroin. When taken in a small amount, it?gives pleasure to the user. But as the smoker continues to use it, it?slowly becomes an addiction.

Nicotine is present in all tobacco?products. It makes you feel satisfied, calm and more focused. As you?continue with smoking, you will need more nicotine to feel good in the?long run. Soon the time would come when you would not be able to feel?normal without nicotine. Without a cigarette in your hand, you would?feel incomplete.

Quitting smoke gets hard because with passage of?time it becomes a big part of your life. You enjoy holding and puffing a?cigarette. After some months, smoking becomes part of your daily?routine. You take to smoking in a big way in any of the conditions, may?that be:

1) While you are drinking coffee, tea or wine
2) While you are in the company of other smokers
3) While you are driving
4) While you are talking on the phone or alike

You do not get satisfaction unless you do not smoke on?the above occasions. The craving for a cigarette is the most when you?are in certain times or certain locations. These times or locations are?called triggers. This is because they trigger or turn on cravings for?cigarettes. Avoiding or handling these situations is the hardest part of?kicking the overall habit.

Quitting smoking is?not easy. It may take more than one try to quit. There are millions of?people who quit smoking for good. It takes a lot of will power and?determination to kick the addiction. Just pile that determination and?the results will be visible soon.