19 July 2007

Smokers Need Help to Quit Smoking

Smoking bans in public places have recently come into effect in several European countries and there has never been a better time to kick the habit, but smokers should be warned - without professional help the task is likely to be much harder. Statistics show that only between 1 and 2 per cent of smokers manage to quit on their own.

Failure to quit smoking by relying on sheer willpower alone usually means that the smoker is physically addicted. Nicotine is a very strong stimulant and one of the most addictive drugs. Addiction occurs faster than with heroin or other drugs since nicotine influences the brain's metabolism. Nicotine activates the brain's reward mechanisms and releases dopamine – feel-good chemical. As a result, smokers who do not light up just feel bad.

Smokers usually associate smoking a cigarette with a pleasant experience such as taking a break from work. The brain is unfortunately not aware that the positive feedback is not a direct result of nicotine being inhaled. People do not even understand that they are actually addicted, and in many cases, it's hard to destroy the illusions associated with the smoking habit.

Quitting isn't easy. Just reading this blog won't do it. It takes time to break free from nicotine addiction. It may take several tries. But you learn something each time you try. It takes will power and strength to kick out your addiction to nicotine. Remember that millions of people have quit smoking for good. You can be one of them!

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