Wow, talk about the perfect storm of circumstances to get a person to quit smoking for good, I think that’s what we have going on right at this very moment in American history, hundreds of years after tobacco was first introduced and grown in mass quantity in the south. We’ve seen smoking go from extreme popularity, as when it was probably at it’s all time high in the forties and fifties, to becoming less popular and even ridiculed by most who are health conscious here in the US as of late.
Quitting smoking is no easy task, and there are so many herbal remedies for smoking cessation and medical concoctions, patches, and even medications that help you to quit the habit, but yet so many people still find it nearly impossible to quit this unhealthy and life threatening habit. While I know that smoking is physiologically addictive for sure, I also think that there is a certain level of psychological addiction there too that adds an extra layer of impossibility for most people to quit the habit once and for all.
The reason so many people go back to it, sometimes even months of years after quitting, is because they mentally remember how it seemed to make them feel better. Sometimes it’s a social issue, and people feel more comfortable in social situations with a cigarette in their hand. I know whne I used ot smoke, this was definitely a component of socially uncomfortable situations for me. The more uncomfortable I felt, the more I wanted a cigarette desperately.
Combine that with the aspect of bodily addiction, and you have one tough vice to give up. There are some great natural quit smoking patches you can use that can help you get over the physical part, but the mental part may be all up to you. The good news is, with the recent price increase of almost a dollar on a pack of cigarettes, you will be saving even more money now than ever by quitting smoking. You’ll also be saving your lungs and most likely increasing your life span. A win/win.