Quit Smoking - the Addiction and the Habit

Dr. Purushothaman
January 10, 2014


If you want to quit smoking then there are two main obstacles that you will have to face and overcome. Firstly there is the physical addition you will have developed to nicotine over time. Secondly there is the actual habit of smoking itself. We are all individuals and we react to all kinds of situations in different ways but for me it was the habit that was the hardest to break.
I quit back in 2003 and I remember getting over the physical addiction quite quickly. It's been a while but if I remember correctly it only took about a couple of weeks. It was the habit that I found really tough to shake. It was about six full months after I'd stopped smoking and I was still patting my pockets to make sure I'd got my cigarettes with me when I left the house. I would be sitting at my PC and without even thinking about it, I'd reach out for a cigarette.
Some people may say that this behavior is all part of the physical addiction but I don't define it in this way. My physical cravings for tobacco had long since disappeared. I was no longer on edge and I really didn't feel the need to smoke. On the other hand I was still going through the motions of a smoker. This was understandable because I'd been smoking for well over twenty years and was used to having a cigarette in my hand. This is the reason why I define this aspect as habit.
There is no getting away from the fact that if you make the decision to quit then it's going to be tough whether it's the addiction that you find hard to break or the habit. Just keep focusing on the benefits and keep on the right path. In time you'll look back on the day you stopped and it will rank way up there as one of the best days of your life.

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