Why is it hard to quit smoking?
Most smokers become addicted to the nicotine
contained in tobacco products. Nicotine has a deadly addictive
power. When a person puffs a cigarette, nicotine particles
find their way to the lungs through inhalation. From there, nicotine
is absorbed into the bloodstream just like the oxygen people breathe.
It travels with the blood to the brain where it locks onto certain
receptor areas. Dopamine is then released into the brain. This
is the chemical that makes the smoker feel a euphoric sensation.
This chemical reaction of dopamine
with the human body is what makes smokers
find it so difficult to quit because they have come to be dependent
on this good feeling. And
in wanting to experience this repeatedly,
this leads to dependence – a sign of addiction. A viscious
and deadly cycle has begun!
A person who attempts to quit
may experience withdrawal symptoms. Topping the long list of withdrawal
symptoms is depression. With the
absence of the chemical that produces the relaxing feeling,
the brain becomes
distressed without it. Other withdrawal symptoms from smoking include:
- Headaches, dizziness, and nausea
- Shakes, chills
- Cough, dry throat nasal drip
- Hunger, fatigue
- Constipation, gas or stomach pain
- Insomnia, troubled sleep
Not knowing what to do with their
hands is another common complaint among ex-smokers while quitting.
Once people get hooked, smoking
becomes a big part of their lives. They seem to enjoy holding
on a stick of cigarette and puffing on them. And after a
of lighting up, it becomes a routine. As a fact, humans are creatures
of habit. By some force of habit, smokers find themselves reaching
for a cigarette and lighting it up automatically without thinking
Certain “triggers” in
the environment may also hamper a smoker’s desire to quit.
Things may turn on a smoker’s
need for a cigarette. These may be feelings, places, and moods.
Even the things done routinely may trigger this craving for a smoke.
For those who have been smoking
for quite a while already, they may not realize it but they form
some emotional attachment
cigarettes. They find the cigarette calming and comforting
during those stressful
times. Cigarette smoking somehow becomes an extension of
life, particularly when they are emotionally at the highest
or lowest. Giving the smoker a feeling that giving up smoking
giving up a trusted friend.
These are only some of the major
reasons why it is hard to quit smoking. But there are also several
may aid smokers to finally give up on this tenacious habit.
Quitting smoking must begin with one’s intention
to stop. They must have the will power to overcome
the craving for smoke. There are
also a lot of quit smoking products in the market. These
may also be worth trying. Support groups are proved to
be very helpful, too.
Smokers must understand that
to quit smoking may take more than one attempt. They must also
try several methods
before they can
succeed. Smoking is a stubborn habit because it is closely
tied to the acts in the course of people’s everyday
lives. Even so, with determination, will power, and a
strategy, to quit smoking is
not out of the question and we will discuss some of the
High Cost of Smoking - and it's not just money!
is an expensive
vice. An ordinary smoker incurs enormous cost to
sustain this unhealthy lifestyle and the costs do not pertain
solely to him. There are adverse
effects to the body, to the immediate family, to
the society, to the environment and to the economy.
The most obvious cost of smoking
is the daily, weekly and monthly expenditure of an ordinary smoker.
cost an average
of $4.00 per pack in the US. How much more would this
cost for a chain smoker?
Imagine a smoker burning a pack
per day, $4.00 per day. The money burned could amount to almost
in a year!
have sent the smoker and his love ones to a decent
Statistics attribute the majority
of the cause of death every year as a result of or as aggravated
related diseases such as cancer, respiratory problems
and heart ailments
increase yearly. Certain disabilities also result
from these tobacco related diseases. It could also
in a decreased
enjoy physical abilities because of the ailment
or side effects like breathing problems.
Reduced life expectancy, the
smoker may lose 10-15 years of his or her life as a consequence.
Medical expenditures will also
have to be addressed as most, if not all, smoke related illnesses
Health care services do not always come free.
At the same time, there will
be lost productivity when the ailing smoker is forced to retire
to the hospital
working. Thus the earning capacity declines.
Instead of bringing in more money
to the household, the money had to be taken
out. The environment of the smoker will also
of the fumes.
The car is one place where the smoker could
comfortably light up
Definitely, the interior will smell, ashes
will accumulate and upholstery may get burn
Same thing goes
if the smoker freely lights up
anywhere inside his or her house.
Smoking gives a higher risk of
starting a fire. Several fires had been discovered
to have originated
a cigarette left
Air pollution is also further
aggravated. This is due to the constant release of
to the high temperature of the environment.
Smokers also harm their neighbors
through secondhand smoke. Non-smokers exposed
to the carbons emitted
to smoking related
diseases. If these exposed non-smokers
have illnesses, secondhand smoking
In acquiring insurance policies, there
is the trend now to charge higher premiums
Smokers who die early do not
get to enjoy the fruits of their pensions.
Cigarette smoking also affects
the overall aesthetics of the person.
These are offshoots
that cannot be disregarded
affect the self regard of the person
and also his or her
relationship with others. Rectifying
these could actually cost money.
Bad breath brought about by smoking
would require gum or mints to overcome
odor. The smoker
which are even more expensive.
Cigarette components stain the
Having yellow teeth means extra
charge from the dentist aside
from the usual
found to have
Smoking could also effect the
the skin earlier than the usual.
Smoke makes clothes dirty and
the results often require the
of a dry
cleaner to be
smoke can also
bad smell in the skin and hair.
Smoking also has emotional
costs. The dependence to
addicted can be
very restricting. There
is also the
pressure to quit smoking
as the smoker realizes the harmful
and to his or her family.
A person with a smoking-related
disease will not be the
only one who will
feel the burden of the
illness. There is the constant sense
the vice and
its side effects.
A lot of money has actually
been reduced to ashes
because of the
be saved from
the actual and derivative
costs only if the person