Your ability to quit smoking becomes a difficult challenge to overcome when nicotine is involved. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. Some claim it is as addictive as hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Most smokers would never consider taking such drugs but the fact that they are smoking creates a situation where the addictive nature of nicotine can create many different health conditions and the smoker has extreme difficulty stopping even when the health problems become life threatening.
Once a person has been smoking for a while it takes a lot more than willpower to quit smoking due to the addictive nature of tobacco.
Nicotine is so powerful that it can kill you if a small amount of pure nicotine is placed on your skin. Fortunately the amount in cigarettes is nowhere near that strong but it is enough to get you addicted and that is how the cigarette companies get you coming back for more even when you know it is killing you and you desperately want to stop.
If you inhale when you are smoking then the nicotine travels directly to your brain in a matter of seconds and once there it stimulates the brain to make you feel good. It causes the release of dopamine which will help to improve your mood and this is one of the reasons why people who are stressed, sad or depressed often seek comfort in the form of a cigarette.
Another reason why nicotine makes it so hard to quit smoking is because, after a while the body becomes tolerant to the drug and it requires more and more to get the same affect. This leads to a stronger and stronger addiction where people can smoke up to several packs a day.
Aside from the obvious expense of having to pay for so many packs of cigarettes each week there are additional loads placed on a person’s health from the damage that all the smoking is doing. Yet the addiction grows stronger and it becomes all the harder to quit smoking.
Every day that you postpone quitting smoking you are making it harder to give it up and that is precisely what the tobacco companies want.
Instead of lighting up a cigarette every time you feel stressed out, depressed, angry or just because it’s time for you to take a smoke break; replace that smoking habit with something else, such as taking a long walk, exercising, taking deep breaths or getting something to drink (not alcohol). It takes 21 days to create a habit, so do this for 21 days and watch what happens.