Why Do You Smoke?

If someone were to ask you why you smoke, what would you tell them?

I never had a good answer to that question. I would usually say something like “it feels good” or “it helps me relax.”

What makes those answers interesting is that it’s obvious how the cigarette addiction plays tricks on our minds.

Why does smoking “feel good?” Because when you don’t smoke, you start to withdrawal. Put more nicotine in the body and the withdrawal stops.

Why do people think cigarettes help relieve stress and relax?

Actually, this is another symptom of withdrawal. Stress and anxiety levels in smokers are often induced by their need for nicotine. By smoking another cigarette, those anxiety levels are reduced to normal levels – the levels they would have been had they never began smoking in the first place.

Don’t let the addiction of tobacco trick you into thinking there is a reason to smoke. Quit while you can and get healthy.

* image courtesy of Carlos Huerta

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