03 May 2009

Keep Trying

Keep TryingApart from the addiction of the body on chemical substances, a smoking addiction is often related to everyday lifestyle events, which can include thinking deeply, eating, drinking tea, coffee or alcohol, or general socializing. Accordingly, smokers may miss the act of smoking mostly at these times, and this may increase the difficulty inherent in a quitting smoking attempt. Because of a lower dopamine response from nicotine receptors in the brain, a degree of depression may develop, while the smoker feels less able to complete the day-to-day tasks formerly associated with smoking.

A small number of smokers are successful with their very first quit smoking attempt. Many smokers find it difficult to quit, even in the face of serious smoking-related disease in themselves or close relatives or friends. A firm resolution to fight with addiction is vital. The typical attempt of a smoker that finally succeeds is the seventh to fifteenth try. Each attempt is a learning experience that moves them that much closer to their goal of final freedom from smoking addiction.

Smoking cessation is clearly associated with better mental health and spending less of one's life with diseases of old age. Quitting smoking will almost always lead to a longer and healthier life. The studies showed that those who stopped smoking before they reached thirty years of age lived almost as long as those who never smoked. Quitting smoking in middle age can add up to ten years of healthy life and stopping even over fifty can still add years of healthy life.