Smoking is really addictive but if you understand why you smoke, it’s a lot easier to break the cycle. Get info on the health impacts of smoking, common reasons people develop smoking habits, and find out what you can do if you’re interested in giving up smoking.
People start smoking for lots of different reasons, and once they get into the habit, it can be pretty hard to stop. That’s because smoking is both physically and mentally addictive. If you’re a smoker, it’s important to understand the reasons behind your habit, as well as the impacts of smoking on your health
Tobacco smoke contains nicotine – a stimulant drug – and a number of other chemicals including carbon monoxide, ammonia and tar. These substances have a number of negative impacts on your health including:
In the longer term, smoking has some other really serious health impacts, including;
Despite knowing smoking has a lot of negative health impacts, smoking can be a really difficult habit to break. That’s because smoking is both physically and mentally addictive, which means people have to fight the other habits of smoking, as well as their addiction to nicotine. If you understand your smoking habits, it makes giving up smoking much easier.
Certain situations and activities will often trigger a desire to smoke. These include
People also often feel a need to smoke in response to emotions they are feeling. Smoking is often used as a way to:
It can be hard to quit without addressing these issues or finding alternative and more productive solutions.
Once you understand the things that trigger your smoking, there are things you can do to overcome them. Some tips include:
For information, counseling, referral to a treatment or support program and other assistance you can call Quitline, a national, youth friendly phone advisory service. It’s available all around Australia at the cost of a local call. All callers are offered a Quit pack, containing the quit book and other info.
Phone: 13 7848 or 13 QUIT
For online support, check out QuitNow where you can get information on why and how to quit, with handy tips on what you can do.
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