We all know the health risks of smoking, but that doesn’t make it any easier to kick the habit.
Whether you’re an occasional teen smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be really tough.
Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit.
The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary—and addictive—high.
Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine causes your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may turn to cigarettes as a quick and reliable way to boost your outlook,
relieve stress, and unwind. Smoking can also be a way of coping with depression, anxiety, or even boredom.
Quitting means finding different, healthier ways to cope with those feelings.
Smoking is also ingrained as a daily ritual.
It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee,
while taking a break at work or school, or on your commute home at the end of a hectic day.
Or maybe your friends, family, or colleagues smoke, and it’s become part of the way you relate with them.