Why Is It So Hard To Quit Smoking?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: Quit Smoking

It’s the start of a new day. You roll out of bed, make a pot of coffee and light up the first cigarette of the day. Any smoker will tell you that the first cigarette of the day is the most enjoyable. Or is it the cigarette they have on their way to work? It could be the one that comes after a good meal. No wait, it’s the cigarette that comes after a romantic encounter when the one they love. Yeah that’s the one. The cigarette they have before going to bed?

When people first start smoking they only have a few here and there, but before they know it they’re smoking more often than they care to. Then they get fed up and decide they’re going to stop only to realize they can’t. What just happened? It’s not that people have a self control weakness, it’s the chemicals the tobacco companies put in the cigarettes that make you become addicted to their products.

Congratulations! You’ve just become addicted to nicotine. This is a scenario that happens every single day to unsuspecting consumers of tobacco products. What really is upsetting about this is the tobacco companies are intentionally finding unique ways to increase the level of nicotine in their cigarettes.

The technology is available where these companies could actually reduce the amount of addictive substances being used but of course they turn a blind eye because the less people becoming addicted means less revenue for them. The tobacco companies are now adding nicotine to the tobacco after it’s already been harvested and have recently developed ways to add nicotine into the filters and paper.

Why is nicotine so addictive? It acts like dopamine, a hormone that tells the brain how much pleasure we find in things like sex and food. Gee, if only cigarettes were as healthy for us as sex and food are.

With the added nicotine in cigarettes it becomes even harder to quit smoking. The withdrawal symptoms are worse because we are trying to rid our bodies of more than just the added nicotine, but all the other additives being used that cause people to become hooked on their products.

80% of all people who smoke wish they never started, but sadly only 10% of people who try to quit are successful. These numbers shouldn’t be surprising when you understand the method of operation behind these tobacco giants.
Don’t be part of the 90% group of people who try to quit smoking be don’t succeed.