Understanding why you smoke
Physical and emotional addiction
Have you ever thought about why you smoke? Most people start
smoking in their teens, maybe because their mates do or because
they want to look cool or grown up. With smoking, your
physical addiction to nicotine usually kicks in pretty
quickly. But then you also develop an emotional attachment to
smoking, so it's even harder to stop. Understanding why you smoke
can help you prepare for those moments when you might 'miss'
Do any of the reasons below ring a bell with you?
"I enjoy smoking"
The 'rush' only feels good because it's satisfying your nicotine
craving. After 2 days your body will be nicotine-free. Don't forget
there's a lot to love about not being addicted to nicotine. Ask
some ex-smokers what they don't miss about smoking.
"It calms me down"
Instead of stress relief, smoking actually speeds up your heart
rate. Studies show that people's stress levels are lower after they
stop smoking. Giving up is tough, but just remember that pleasant
feeling of satisfying a craving won't last, it's a false cure for
"I'm hell to live with when I don't smoke"
Being bad tempered is just a withdrawal symptom. It will pass.
Our expert advisers can work with you to plan lots of coping
strategies to deal with the stress of giving up. Call today on 0800
"I'm too old to change"
Quitting has benefits even for lifelong smokers. According to
the NHS, people who kick the habit at 60 add 3 years to their life. And it greatly
improves your chance of a disease-free, mobile, happier old