Why it is hard to quit smoking

why it is hard to quit smoking
why it is hard to quit smoking
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Vishakha Rawal

Vishakha Rawal

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Quit smoking is everywhere and even on the pack of this poison. “Smoking is injurious to health,” I have been reading this quote since childhood. But still, the number of smokers is increasing. Don’t know what are they waiting for.

Quitting a bad habit asks for a lot of courage. It is more like to break up with someone you are deeply in love with. But, when you know it’s for your betterment and for your bright future, it is better to quit. A temporary painful stage is better than living an entire life in pain.
Thinking of quitting is the first step and above everything, because nothing can happen without a strong willpower. However, in spite of your several attempts, if you are not able to quit smoking, then you need to learn why it is hard to quit smoking.

1) Anxiety and stress

Today mostly 1 out of 3 people are suffering from anxiety or stress. Nicotine in tobacco artificially boosts dopamine and serotonin production that temporarily quells anxiety. This is the reason people usually smokes more when they are stressed. So, it is important to develop a new healthy habit while you are trying to quit an old harmful habit.

This is the best thing and the best gift you can give to yourself. For instance, a daily morning regimen of working out or going for a nice swim, meditation, yoga…there’s so much to do! You can also read good inspirational books while you are going through this phase. This will boost positivism in you which will curb the stress level.

2) Lack of motivation

Motivations and inspirations help the most when you are trying to create something. Here, you are trying to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. Take inspirations from people who have already done it and get motivated by knowing what health benefits you’ll get after quitting.

Do you know that the effect starts soon after 20 minutes you have stopped smoking for good? In 20 minutes, your heart rate will drop back to the normal level, in 2 hours your blood pressure will drop to the normal level, in 12 hours the carbon monoxide level will decrease in your body which means the oxygen level will rise and in 24 hours your risk of coronary artery disease will be reduced.

Imagine…all these effects in just 24 hours! Think what quitting will do to your body. How healthy and full of life you’ll feel once you have stopped smoking for good.

3) There are smokers around you

Many times it happens that you’re trying to quit smoking but somebody around you smokes and provokes you to stop thinking to quit. Don’t fall for such people. I know it will be hard to resist when they give you an offer to smoke together but you can politely shut them down.

4) You have tried to quit in a day

I have seen many people who will quit the habit in a day…will go successfully without a smoking a single cigarette for a week and then will smoke 4 packets in a day after a week thinking they will never able to quit.

Thing is, if you quit in a day, you’ll not get away with your urge, you’ll be suppressing your urge instead which will spring out anytime and you’ll lose control.

So yes, go slow. You don’t have to win the race in a day. According to psychology, it takes about 21 days to quit or form any new habit. So, take your own time.

If you are smoking 3 packets a day; start by smoking 2 packets a day for the first week, then just one packet another week and then 2-3 cigarettes the week after. This will help you reduce your urge slowly.

5) The addiction is enormous

Smoking is one of the worst addiction people could have. If the addiction is not so strong and you are on your first stage of smoking, you can quit it easily but it is difficult when you have become a chain smoker.

The addiction mostly is caused due to the nicotine content of tobacco, so you can try going for nicotine replacements. You can take help of nicotine chewing gums or anything in the beginning which can help you resist to smoke.

But, make sure this is just in the beginning when you are cutting off the packets one by one. Nicotine is injurious as well but not as harmful as smoking. But you don’t really want to develop a new bad habit to quit an old one.

Acknowledging the fact that you have developed a bad habit is the first sign of good realization and that will definitely lead you to quit it. There’s a lot of resistance and hard work I agree, but once you have decided, you’ll succeed.