Why do you smoke? No, I’m not asking why you started, but why do you continue to do it?
The answer is in the cigarette. Nicotine. Nicotine definitely qualifies as a physiological addiction. Your body suffers physically when you haven’t smoked in a while and craves the nicotine. The addiction becomes so important that whenever a smoker travels, you will see them bringing cartons of cigarettes in their luggage. Nobody wants to go with their smokes on holiday! And the flight, it can be like torture. Go to any airport in the world and you will see disembarking passengers lighting up as soon as they are allowed.
The craving for nicotine forces you to make smoking cigarettes a habit. You may have started for some silly reason to fit in, to rebel or to be fashionable or you may really not have had a good reason other than you wanted to try to smoke. But it’s in the habit and the addiction for you, now.
Do you ever have strong cravings? If you could not have access to cigarettes when you needed one, and weren’t determined to quit, how would you act out?
After a while you build a resistance to the drug. You have to start smoking more and more to feel the same effects. You are committing your body to daily inhale more and more harmful smoke.
So why can you not quit this deadly practice? Why can’t you just quit without thinking about it?
The answer is the habit has an environmental trigger. You begin to relate activities with smoking, such as drinking coffee, drinking alcohol, after sex having a cigarette rather than eating dessert. Smokers think that smoking gives them pleasure because they have conditioned themselves to think this way. It becomes too important a part of life.
The most important thing to realize is that you keep smoking because you’ve made it a habit. Nicotine supplies the need to form the habit once you first feel its effects for the first time, but it’s the habit that keeps you going.