Wherever you look on TV, in magazines, across social media, even on cigarette packs themselves there are warnings about the health hazards of smoking. And with so few public places where you are actually allowed to sit and have a cigarette, you have to wonder why do people still smoke?
Most people start smoking when they are in their teens. They might start because of peer pressure from their friends, because their parents smoke, or simply because they are teenagers and they want to push the boundaries and take risks.
Over time, the body becomes addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. So, once a smoker finishes one cigarette, their body begins to crave another. If they don’t satisfy those cravings, they’ll begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. They might feel anxious, stressed, irritable or down, and all of these feelings drive them to have another smoke.
Smoking helps them relax
Some people might smoke because it feels like it helps them cope with negative feelings and emotions, leaving them with a heightened sense of wellbeing. Some people with mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, might smoke because it helps to alleviate some of the symptoms they experience. Either way, they feel like smoking keeps their emotions under control, helping them to cope.
Smoking can become ingrained in a person’s life. It might be a reward after cleaning the house, or someone might automatically have a cigarette with their coffee in the morning. It’s there with them every day, and has become part of the routine.
So, far you have look at the reasons for why people crave smoking? To dwell up on this here are some steps to get you through those first minutes of a craving.
Take some deep breath
Just stop what you are doing and take about 10 deep breaths. Go outside if you can and think about filling your lungs with fresh air. These deep breaths will relax you and decrease some of the anxiety associated with nicotine withdrawal.
Drink a glass of water
Drinking water is good for you and seems to have a calming effect on cigarette cravings for many people. Avoid drinks like coffee or alcohol that you may have associated with smoking in the past.
Get some exercise
The average person gains about eight pounds when they are trying to stop smoking. Exercise helps keep the pounds off and also stimulates brain chemicals that fight nicotine cravings.
Call a friend
Getting support from others is an important part of quitting. Calling a friend can get your mind off smoking. You don’t want to be alone when dealing with cigarette cravings if you can help it.
Go to a movie
Getting out of the house for a few hours and going to a place where smoking is not allowed, like a cinema, theatre, or museum, will keep your mind busy and keep you from temptation.
Listen to some music
Drinking water, exercising, and relaxation are the three most important ways to beat a craving. Whether it is music, reading, or meditation, find something that helps you relax. Anxiety and irritability are both symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.