5 Beliefs that Make Quitting Smoking Incredibly Tough

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

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We all know that quitting cigarettes comes with undesirable physical changes called withdrawal symptoms, which unfortunately make the smoking cessation process tough. However, most people are unable to quit not because of the withdrawal symptoms but the false beliefs about cigarettes that they cling to.

Let’s discuss some of them.


Just one cigarette won’t harm you.


While smoking one cigarette won’t cause you much harm than smoking ten, that ‘one last cigarette’ won’t help you curb your addiction in any way. Yes you may satisfy your cravings for nicotine. But the moment your brain realizes that your nicotine levels have dropped again, you will begin to feel the urge once more. Over time, you will see yourself smoking again like you used to.


You’re young. You can always quit anytime in your life.

It’s true that quitting smoking at old age still benefits your health. But why wait until that time comes when you can do it now? Why delay the process? After all, quitting smoking at a younger age provides more benefits than quitting when you’re already old. Another thing, you might just find it harder to quit when you’re already in your 50s or 60s than if you quit smoking now.

You’re old. There’s no use for quitting.

When you get older, you may think that there’s no point of quitting smoking as the damage has been done. As mentioned, quitting smoking benefits both young and old. In fact, the positive effects of quitting can be experienced several minutes after your last cigarette. After several weeks, you can expect a great improvement in your energy, breathing and overall health.

Your stressful job requires nicotine.

While you might think that a cigarette could help you concentrate better at work, it’s actually doing the opposite. The reason why you are having a hard time concentrating during the smoking cessation period is because you are craving for cigarettes, and that urge distracts you. Don’t worry, once your brain realized that it doesn’t need nicotine, this concentration issue will go away. And most of all, you can expect a significant boost in your cognitive function.

Seeing many people smoke makes quitting impossible.

This is true only for the smoker’s point of view. Don’t forget that not all people smoke. 80 per cent of the US population don’t smoke and do not crave for cigarettes when they see others light up. During the cessation period, it is really helpful if you can stay away from places where smoking is common. But once you have completely eliminated tobacco in your life, you will find that you don’t have to hide from smokers all your life to remain cigarette-free.

There’s no better time to quit smoking than today. There are various methods that can help you cope with the physical symptoms of smoking cessation. But what are often harder to overcome are the thoughts and beliefs like the ones mentioned here. The key is to focus on your goal, don’t light up again whatever happens, quit now while you still can, and believe that quitting it possible.


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