If you have ever been a smoker, you know how hard quitting can be.
If you never smoked, it can be hard to understand why people smoke and how tough
it is to quit.
So why do people have such a hard time
Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is
addictive. Nicotine changes the brain so you want more
of it. If you stop smoking and stop getting nicotine, your body fights back by
making you feel bad. This is known as
nicotine withdrawal. For some people, nicotine is as
hard to quit as heroin or cocaine.
But there's more to smoking
than nicotine. People smoke for many reasons, and these reasons also make it
hard for them to quit. Smoking may:
- Relieve stress and bad moods.
- Improve concentration.
- Control hunger and weight.
- Be an activity of a
- Be part of a
These reasons seem very good to smokers. Without
cigarettes, they may feel that something is missing in their lives. They may
feel that they can't cope without smoking.
Imagine how hard it
would be for you to give up a habit that you enjoy or that you think helps you
in some way. What would you use as your replacement? How would you cope?
The combination of nicotine addiction and reasons to smoke make it very
hard to quit.
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It's hard to stop smoking because:
- Nicotine is addictive.
- The reasons that people smoke are important to
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