To stop smoking is not easy. But just because quitting nicotine is not easy doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Let’s start with a positive tone. You can, if you really want to. In order to quit smoking successfully, you should be aware of what you’re up against and what options you have.
Why is it so hard to stop smoking? Why is it that some people after succumb to the habit again years after quitting smoking? The answer is nicotine. Did you know that nicotine is as addictive as heroin? It is a very powerful drug that even the strongest willed person can become physically and psychologically addicted to it. This is the reason why smokers during the early stages of quitting, experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The psychological dependence is even harder to deal with after you quit. This is a continuous struggle every smoker must deal with. Being physically addicted to smoking is bad enough but it’s the psychological dependence that actually makes nicotine withdrawal agonizing.
Nicotine affects many parts of the body. These include your brain, heart and blood vessels. It even affects your hormones and your body’s metabolism, i.e., how your body absorbs and utilizes food. Compared to other drugs such as heroin taken through a vein, inhaled nicotine reaches the brain faster.Nicotine has been found in breast milk or cervical fluids of female smokers which can of course negatively affect the health and life of fetuses or newborn infants.
So how does a smoker become a nicotine addict? Your first encounter with nicotine immediately gives you pleasant feelings, which effectively suppresses unpleasant feelings. This by itself will make the smoker want to experience this pleasurable feeling again and so he smokes again. Overtime the smoker develops tolerance for nicotine and so he increases the number of cigarettes he smokes to get that same pleasant effect he is used to.
After a smoker finishes a cigarette, the amount of nicotine in his body will start to decline until it reaches a point when the pleasurable feeling begins to wear off and the smoker feels a renewed urge to light another cigarette. This cycle is repeated over and over again.
Now, how does one quit the nicotine habit? It’s very tempting to say just quit smoking. Even with all the scientific knowledge we have today about nicotine addiction, the fact remains that quitting can be a very personal thing. No two people will have exactly the same experience as regards dealing with nicotine withdrawal.
Most of those who have successfully kicked the smoking habit did so by setting a quit date. It’s usually set about a month ahead. The smoker then marks his calendar and prepares himself psychologically for the big day. And when that day arrives, he should quit and not look back.
No matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, it’s never too late to quit. When you do quit, regardless of which Stop Smoking Program you’ve chosen, never ever take another puff. This has been the downfall of many smokers. Regardless if you’ve quit for 20 years, it takes just one puff for nicotine to have a stranglehold on you again. Remember this the next time you feel the urge to light another cigarette.