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What Does It Take To Kick Your Smoking Habit?

If we are to have any chance of halting the global smoking epidemic, we must stop the millions of smokers who cannot or will not kick their habit. In other words, we will have to find an easy, inexpensive, and reliable way to get them to quit on the spot.

We are living in an extremely competitive and competitive world with all kinds of distractions. We want to be free of distractions, we want to focus entirely on what we want to work on without being distracted, we want to be able to focus only on what matters most. And we’re not exactly alone in this desire. It is a global desire, especially where technology plays a vital role.

Technology allows us to be more productive at work, at home, in social settings and virtually anywhere we want. For those who struggle with technology or the digital world or technology addiction, this can become rather frustrating. We often struggle with the need to get back into touch with real people and real memories; to get back to the world we remember, not the digital world that’s a few screens away.

But in this digital world, are we really missing all that much if we stop and take a break?

In their book Why We Smoke, Dr James W. Breyer and Dr Philip Landrigan provide a great response to the often-quoted phrase that the smoke kills more than smoking that causes cancer. They ask “Why We Smoke?” because they consider it to be a very reasonable question.

Let’s look at the answer:

In their research, they found that more than 50 countries around the world have similar rates of smoking and that there is no correlation between rates of smoking and rates of lung cancer and that the most common reason why a nation has a high or low rate of smoking or lung cancer is the level of awareness and willingness to start smoking.

So is it really that much of a struggle? Are we really missing all that much if we quit and take a break? We could simply “take a break and smoke” and have a cigarette. The nicotine in it would still help with the pain or discomfort. We could take a break and go to the gym. Why would this be more difficult than quitting the use of smoking?

When we think of quitting smoking, we might have an image of being in a room with the smoking of a cigarette. And we might think we would be able to get rid of the cigarette very easily because it is something very familiar to us. However, many of us have learned that the smoking of a cigarette means we are going to have to face our emotional and mental challenges.

Imagine what it is like to go through the challenges that come with quitting smoking. We might experience problems, frustration, sadness, loss of control, emotional suffering, anger, frustration, etc. Now this might not be all that difficult or stressful, but when we think of quitting, those emotions and feelings that we experienced as a smoker come up again and again. We might be able to quit smoking if we face those feelings and learn how to deal with them.

Quitting smoking takes courage. It takes us to face our feelings, our pain and suffering, and learn to deal with them. But that is an important part of the process because, more often than not, most smokers go through withdrawal-like symptoms like sweating, chills, dizziness, nausea, cough and sometimes more severe withdrawal symptoms like sweating, chills and fever. We feel the pain of smoking for a very brief second and then, we are back to our usual everyday activities. That is what we must do.

When we feel the withdrawal symptoms, we may find it a bit difficult to concentrate, remember things, work or make decisions. If we need help to deal with the symptoms, we might consider seeking professional help.