Smoking is an addiction that is hard to break and quitting is a process. Some people can quit on their own, others can go to a professional for medications and options to help.
Why is Smoking Addictive?
Nicotine is the main ingredient in cigarettes. After you inhale a cigarette (or other tobacco product), nicotine gets to your brain within a few seconds. There, it releases a flood of chemicals that give you a high.
When you stop using tobacco products, nicotine withdrawal can begin within hours. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Irritability, frustration or anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased heart rate
- Increased appetite or weight gain
- Trouble sleeping
- …and of course, a craving for cigarettes
Many people think that smoking relieves stress. In fact, the opposite is true. Smoking creates stress that can only be relieved by smoking another cigarette.
Learn more about nicotine addiction.
Many people find it helpful to have a plan to make quitting easier. You can get STARTed today by making a quit plan:
S Set a quit date.
T Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit and will need their help.
A Anticipate and plan for challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R Remove cigarettes and tobacco-related products from your home, car, and work.
T Talk to your medical provider about medications and support.
For tips on how to quit smoking tobacco, read the article Top 10 Quit Tips.