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Quit Smoking - Why is it So Hard to Quit Smoking?

Ever try to quit smoking? Want to know why it is very difficult to stop smoking?

Nicotine is the most addictive drug in the United States. Nicotine is the addictive part in tobacco. It is estimated that 85% of smokers are addicted to nicotine. Nicotine reaches the brain within 15 seconds of inhaling it. Nicotine IS a drug... and boy is it hard to quit once you get addicted. It alters the brain chemistry and changes moods... therefore, I repeat, it is a drug. Please explain this to children. If you teach your children that drugs are not good for you, don't forget to mention that cigarettes are drugs, too.

Before the 1900's, most people did not smoke cigarettes. Instead, they either chewed tobacco, smoked pipes or smoked cigars. They did not inhale back then so the nicotine reached the brain more slowly. Therefore, it was not as bad for you as cigarettes.

Trying to quit smoking is very difficult. The symptoms of withdrawal typically max out within 1 to 3 days... which is why the first 3 days of trying to quit smoking is extremely difficult. Only about 30% make it that far. And it is estimated that only 5 to10% of people actually succeed in fully quitting smoking... and not without many attempts.

This could be due to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms of trying to quit. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • increased anger or frustration
  • sleep disturbances
  • inability to concentrate
  • increased appetite or desire for sweets
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • constant thoughts about smoking
  • cravings for cigarettes
  • decreased heart rate
  • coughing

Sometimes being uncomfortable, however, is the best thing for you. Think back about when you first learn to swim. Or think of your children... and how you watched them take their first swimming lesson. You probably cringed... felt scared inside... or petrified... but you let them feel uncomfortable as well as you because you knew it was the best thing for them... and for you. And once they could swim, you thought, "Wow... what a feeling", right? Well, it is the same with smoking. Let yourself feel uncomfortable... so later you can say "Wow. What a feeling".

There are plenty of "quit smoking programs" out there. Just make sure you find one that has worked well for others. Ask to talk to others who have been through the program. Here is a smoking program that has worked very well for others. Visit


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