Why Is It Difficult To Stop Smoking?

Why stop smoking? Some people stop smoking as they cannot afford it anymore. Some quit it as a precautionary measure looking at their degrading health. People who overlook the hazardous effects of smoking and continue smoking pay a heavy price for it. Every year we hear about deaths caused by smoking and the death rate is increasing every year. People don’t want to understand and they pay for it. Even a packet of cigarette carries a tag saying smoking is injurious to health but still we do not want to accept this harsh reality.

The withdrawal symptoms are quite well known. For example: craving for few weeks. You always relied on a cigarette when under pressure or in a tense situation. With nicotine cravings and such mindset, even the most determined people loose their way and again start smoking.

It is perhaps not the chemicals alone that make it difficult to stop smoking, or for that matter, any other drug. The external pressure can get to anyone, who then switches to what was earlier felt as pleasurable and good. A smoke in a nice location fills the mind with pleasurable feelings. These are the times that our mind seems to remember deep within us. When we feel pressure on us, we tend to go back to re-experience those nice times, and get out of the present tension-filled moments. This is perhaps a reason why such habits are hard to quit, and relapses are so common.

It is a fact of our psychology that we crave good feelings and avoid pressurized and tension filled scenarios. We like the open surrounding, the lush green natural environment, the cool air, and a nice feeling that is filled in us.

Cigarette smoking as a regular habit can be controlled. After all, it is not necessary to always be in pleasant and comfortable state of mind. Too much of this can make us lazy and laid back. It makes sense to smoke once in a while when we feel a real need for it. This also means not being subject to the long-term harmful effects of heavy smoking.

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