Helpful Hints to Help You Stop Smoking
There is no question that quitting smoking is tough. People don't continue to smoke because they are unaware of the health risks; they continue to smoke because it is both a habit and an addiction, and quitting is really hard. However, quitting is not impossible. If you want to quit smoking, don't feel discouraged; you can do it. Quitting requires commitment and support.
Why Is It So Hard to Quit?
There are two components to smoking: the physical addiction and the psychological habit. When you smoke cigarettes, you get a high from the nicotine in them, just like you would experience a high from any other drug. When you stop smoking your body experiences withdrawal symptoms.
Compounding the physical addiction is the psychological addiction. Many people use smoking as a way to cope with stressful experiences in their lives. When the habit of smoking is removed, the stress is still present, and the former smoker does not know how to cope.
Aside from the use of smoking as a coping mechanism, there is also the presence of smoking as a part of a person's regular, daily routine. In addition to being a serious addiction, smoking is a habit that is hard to break. You might start your day with coffee and a cigarette, follow meals with a cigarette, socialize with co-workers while taking a smoke break, or smoke while driving. Removing the habit of smoking from your life disrupts your daily routine.
How Can I Quit?
Despite these challenges, quitting smoking is possible for you. Try some of these helpful hints to support you through the process of quitting smoking.
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