Quitting smoking, as they say, is easy…in fact, it’s a breeze. Most smokers quit at least a hundred times during the course of their addiction…so just ask them.
Staying Quit Is The Hard Part
Now, staying quit…that’s altogether a different matter. That’s where, for the average person whose life is ruled by what some people call cancer sticks, the proverbial “rubber meets the road.” Staying quit means that no matter what period of time has lapsed between now and the last cigarette you smoked, you’re not going to pick up a cigarette, light it and smoke it. And, regardless of whether you go out and buy your own pack of cigarettes or you merely bum one from someone else, the very moment you place that lighted roll of tobacco and chemicals into your mouth and inhale, you are again smoking. Smoking just one cigarette at any time after you have quit the habit relegates you right back to where you were when you supposedly quit the habit.
The Mental Addiction
So, like pretty much all of the other addictions out there, the axiom: once a smoker, always a smoker for some of us, holds a bit of truth. At least for the first year or so, until we really are mentally free of the habit. See, smokers dispense with the physical addiction long before they are able to rid themselves of the mental addiction to cigarettes.
The psychological power of an addiction to cigarettes is the real reason behind the need for most people to have access to smoking cessation aids such as nicotine patches, gum and medications. Unfortunately, all of these aids come with a hefty price tag, to even supersede the previous money laid out for cigarettes. This is where electronic cigarettes offer the most reasonable, comfortable, easy way to quit the traditional tobacco cigarette habit.
As Painless As Possible
No matter what form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) you ultimately use, it’s important to know that quitting smoking will not be 100% painless. There will be times when you will experience cravings, but the difference between using NRT and quitting cold turkey is that you will have something gratifying that you can do, whenever your brain tells you that you need a cigarette.