Why is it hard to quit smoking

Why It's Hard To Quit Smoking

These are some of the main things that make quitting smoking hard.

Smokers have mixed feelings about quitting.

They know smoking is bad for them.  But is also gives them something they like.  Whatever they get out of cigarettes keeps them hooked.

Smoking is a habit.

Smokers are used to having cigarettes at the same time each day, for the same reasons.  They smoke because it’s a regular part of their day.

Smoking fills a need.

Many smokers use cigarettes to help them with the stress of daily life.  They often believe that smoking is the only way to cope.

Cigarettes can feel like a “friend.”

Smokers may have strong feelings of loss when they try to quit.

Smokers may need the nicotine.

Their bodies may crave nicotine after quitting.  Withdrawal symptoms are normal.  They go away on their own, usually in 2-3 weeks. 

Some common ones are:

  • dizziness
  • trouble thinking
  • hunger
  • being restless
  • depression
  • coughing
  • feeling tired
  • headaches
  • trouble sleeping
  • easily bothered
Some people start smoking again to get rid of withdrawal symptoms.

Remember:

Thousands of people quit smoking each year even though it is hard.  The smoker in your life can quit too!

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