We don’t have to tell you why smoking is bad — We all know it. So why isn’t everyone going smoke-free? That’s because quitting isn’t always as easy as it seems using traditional methods. Whether you’re going cold-turkey or using a nicotine patch, fighting the urge has its difficulties. Here are 3 reasons why smokers have a hard time quitting:
- Withdrawal symptoms: The nicotine in cigarettes is the main culprit to smoking addictions. When inhaled, it makes you feel good temporarily. And when it’s gone, you crave it again. Once you try to quit, that’s when the withdrawal symptoms kick in. Your body will think it needs to smoke to feel normal, potentially causing you to relapse.
- Bad habits: It’s probably a part of your routine to smoke a cigarette when you feel a certain way or doing specific things. And like any habit, it’s just as hard to break out of the routine as it is to get in one. The key is to identify what causes you to want to smoke at certain times and adjusting your behavior accordingly.
- Peer-pressure: The people you surround yourself with can make a positive or negative impact on your journey to a smoke-free life. Many people make friends around smoking, and when you’re trying to quit, it isn’t always easy to maintain that relationship. Surround yourself with people who support your decision to give yourself the best chances of quitting.
Quitting smoking isn’t always easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. And the hard work you put into quitting is definitely worth what you may think as “sacrifices.” A journey towards a smoke-free life is a journey towards a healthier and happier one.