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The Difficulty in Kicking the Habit - April 22nd 2009, 03:59 AM

Smokers may have started smoking because their friends did or because it seemed cool. But they keep on smoking because they became addicted to nicotine, one of the chemicals in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine is both a stimulant and a depressant.

That means nicotine increases the heart rate at first and makes people feel more alert . Then it causes depression and fatigue. The depression and fatigue and the drug withdrawal from nicotine make people crave another cigarette to perk up again. According to many experts, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Put it in writing. People who want to make a change often are more successful when they put it in writing. So write down all the reasons why you want to quit smoking, such as the money you will save or the stamina you'll gain for playing sports. Keep that list where you can see it, and add to it as you think of new reasons.

Get support. People whose friends and family help them quit are much more likely to succeed. If you don't want to tell your parents or family that you smoke, make sure your friends know, and consider confiding in a counselor or other adult you trust. And if you're having a hard time finding people to support you,,,,,,,,
   
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Re: The Difficulty in Kicking the Habit - April 22nd 2009, 06:39 PM

... Perhaps this should be moved to Drugs and Alcohol?

Good tips, though. The same ideology applies to alot that people have habits for or a desire to quit, including self injury, drugs, drinking, etc.

Edit by Lizzie: Strange this was in D&A I guess someone moved it into Mental Health? Anyways, moved back to D&A as nicotine is a stimulate. *Moved*


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Re: The Difficulty in Kicking the Habit - April 28th 2009, 05:19 PM

lillywilliam: are you trying to quit smoking? I am, my quit date is April 30th, I tried and failed on the 20th, but I am determined to quit. I hate smoking, and I know it stinks. It would be great to have a fellow smoker here on TH that is trying to become an EXsmoker


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