Feb 20

Quitting is Hard — Here’s Why

There are two reasons that smokers smoke:

  1. Habit: Smoking becomes an unconscious reaction to certain triggers. You’ve just finished a meal, you’re driving to work, you’re having a coffee, you see someone else smoke: All of these acts can trigger this reaction.
  2. Addiction: Physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances alter chemistry in the brain. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs — more addictive than heroin. And the most successful way to quit is the same way you became addicted — gradually. The NicoBloc cigarette weaning strategy keeps variables constant (brand, taste, satisfaction) while reducing nicotine intake.

Two Factors Preventing You from Quitting

  1. Motivation — Government stats show 70% smokers want to quit, but less than 5% actually quit each year.
    • Main Problems
      • When they fail they become demotivated
      • Many smokers believe they need huge willpower
      • A successful strategy needs to keep smokers motivated to quit
    • Solution 
      • A program where the smoker is in control of their targets
      • Use of target setting/feedback keeps smoker focussed on their targets
      • Responsibility & credit enables smoker to be responsible for own actions
  1. Withdrawal — Uncomfortable physical or mental changes happen when the body is deprived of nicotine.
    • Symptoms 
      • Can last a few days to a few weeks
      • May include nausea, vomiting, sweating, shakiness & anxiety
    • The struggle
      • Because of withdrawal, most smokers try multiple times to quit.
      • Having one cigarette easily stops the withdrawal symptoms and makes the pain go away.

The Support You Need to Quit

Cycle of Change
What’s in a Cigarette
Smoking Affects on the Body
Cigarette Litter
NicoBloc Info Guide
Body Changes When You Quit Smoking
Side Effects of Nicotine
Stop Smoking and Live Longer
Addictiveness of Common Drugs
599 Additives That Have Been Found in Cigarettes