FAQ on Quitting Smoking

A lot more than nicotine is in cigarettes. There are thousands of chemicals in cigarette smoke. Some of them are also in wood varnish, the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover, and rat poison.

The ashes, tar, gases, and other toxins in cigarettes harm your body over time. They damage your heart and lungs. They also make it harder for you to taste and smell things and fight infections.

But the thought of giving up cigarettes may still bring a lot of questions to mind. Here are answers to some common ones.

Why Is It So Hard to Quit?

Many people who kicked the habit say it was the hardest thing they ever did. Do you feel hooked on cigarettes? You’re probably addicted to nicotine.

This chemical is in all tobacco products. It temporarily makes you feel calm and satisfied. At the same time, you feel more alert and focused.

The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good. Soon, you don’t feel “normal" without it.

It takes time to break free from nicotine addiction. It may take more than one try to quit for good. So if you’ve tried before, don’t give up. You will feel good again.

Quitting is also hard because smoking is a big part of your life. You enjoy it. You may smoke when you are stressed, bored, or angry. It’s part of your daily routine. You may do it without even thinking about it.

For example, you may light up when you:

  • Drink coffee, wine, or beer
  • Talk on the phone
  • Drive
  • Are with other people who smoke

You may even feel uncomfortable not smoking at times or in places where you usually have a cigarette. These times and places are “triggers" that turn on your cigarette cravings. Breaking these habits is the hardest part of quitting for some people. But you can do it, even if it takes a while.

Why Should I Quit?

There are so many reasons. When you quit, you’ll feel better and cut your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or cancer. It’s worth it, even if you’ve smoked for a long time.

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