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The health risks of smoking have been widely publicized and you all know about them. Wanting to quit because "it's bad for you" is usually not enough for most people. You'll need something more powerful and personal to motivate you to quit. Perhaps your wife has just given birth and you want to protect your newborn child from second hand smoke. Perhaps the thought of developing lung cancer frightens you. Perhaps you are tired of the smell of smoke, of having yellow teeth etc. Look within yourself and find a reason that is strong enough for you to resist the urge to light up.
Why Quitting Can Be So Difficult
Throw away all your cigarettes and declare that you are now smoke-free! Simple right? For those who have tried, you'll know it's not as simple as it sounds. About 95% of those who go cold-turkey without therapy or help from their doctors, end up relapsing.
Face it, nicotine is addictive! It is both a psychological habit and a physical addiction! The act of lighting up at a particular time or place everyday is very much a part of your daily ritual - it is a habit. Furthermore, the nicotine contained in cigarettes provides an addictive "high". Suddenly stopping the brain's regular fix of nicotine will cause severe physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings.