Why It’s So Hard To Say GoodbyeThe facts about nicotine addiction.

You probably have a million reasons for why you smoke.

You might like the taste or feeling it gives you. You might think it relaxes you or helps pass the time. No matter what your reasons are for smoking, if you smoke, you’re probably addicted to the nicotine in tobacco. Period.

Nicotine – the great manipulator.

The nicotine in tobacco is a powerful, highly addictive chemical. Within 10 to 20 seconds of taking a puff on a cigarette, nicotine travels to your brain, causing it to have a temporary high. Over time your brain starts to adjust to the high, causing you to have to smoke more to get the same effect.

The power of nicotine comes from the repeated small doses you give yourself when you smoke. It may seem innocent at first, but if you take 15 puffs from a cigarette and smoke, say, 20 cigarettes a day, that’s 300 drug doses a day or 109,500 doses a year.

So how addicted are you anyway?

Answer the following questions – the results will give you an idea of how tightly smoking has you wrapped around its finger:

On average, I smoke 15 or more cigarettes each day.

Yes No

I usually smoke within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning.

Yes No

I find it difficult to go for more than four hours without smoking.

Yes No

When I try to quit or cut back, I get irritable, have difficulty concentrating, have trouble sleeping, or notice changes in my appetite.

Yes No

Your addiction level is likely pretty low. Now would be a great time to quit! But remember, most heavy smokers started out as occasional smokers. And if you continue on this path, it’s probably only a matter of time before things get worse.
Your addiction level could be fairly high. You’re heading down a slippery slope, and before you know it, you’ll be one of those people you said you’d never be. End this thing now.
You’re probably highly addicted to nicotine. That sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. There are lots of people out there who smoke more than you and they break-up with smoking. Make the decision to end your relationship, once and for all.




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