In order to overcome the habit of smoking, you must recognize those things that you associate with smoking and replace the association with other activities that provide relaxation, pleasure or relief.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances know to human kind. It can become an addiction in the same way as the use of alcohol, tranquilizers and other drugs. In its pure form, nicotine is a strong poison. A small dose of it, injected directly into the bloodstream, would kill a person within an hour. Because it is inhaled, it only takes seven to 10 seconds to reach the brain – twice as fast as intravenous drugs and three times faster than alcohol.
Don’t be discouraged if you slip up and smoke one or two cigarettes. It’s not a lost cause. One cigarette is better than an entire pack. But that doesn’t mean you can safely smoke every now and then, no matter how long ago you quit. One cigarette may seem harmless, but it can quickly lead back to one or two packs a day.
Many ex-smokers had to try stopping many times before they finally succeeded. When people slip up, it’s usually within the first three months after quitting. Here’s what you can do if this happens: