We are glad you asked! Just even thinking about the possibility of giving up this addictive habit in a step in the right direction. Quitting any habit can be tough, but it can be especially difficult if it is as addictive as tobacco.

Smoking cigarettes is one of the most common addictions, so you are not the only one out there who is struggling to find the motivation to quit. Just know that quitting will improve your life in almost every way!

Our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team explains more about cigarette smoking and the negative effects it brings to your body, so read on to learn more and hopefully find some inspiration to quit.

Why Is Smoking an Addictive Habit?

The smoke produced from a lit cigarette contains thousands of chemicals, and many of them are toxic or carcinogenic (cancer-causing). One of those chemicals is called nicotine, which is also a highly addictive substance. When the brain is exposed to nicotine, it releases the hormone called dopamine that is in charge of your feelings of happiness, relaxation and satisfaction.

Over time, your body will become used to this constant flow of dopamine and will crave that feeling more and more. A cigarette craving can be really intense when it hits, but the most intense feelings usually last only five to 10 minutes. After that, they can fade to a more manageable state and there’s where your power of resisting will really come into play.

Diseases Associated With Chronic Smoking

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Emphysema

How Is Quitting Smoking Possible?

Chronic smoking can lead to a strong addiction, so it will take willpower, dedication and focus to give up cigarettes for good. This process is different for everyone, so you will have to find what works for you. Some people find success through nicotine replacement therapies like patches or gum, others thrive by discovering a new hobby and others dedicate their quitting journey to friends, family or their own health.

If you are having trouble quitting on your own, focus on the health of your children to help get you through. The longer you smoke, the more secondhand smoke that your children will be exposed to. This chronic exposure increases your children’s risks of developing asthma or other respiratory issues. Stay strong, stay focused and believe you can do it.

Health Benefits of a Smoke-Free Life

  • Stronger, less damaged lungs
  • Reduced risk for cancer and other diseases
  • Improved physical appearance and senses
  • Healthier lungs for your entire family

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