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Will I Miss Smoking Forever?

Many smokers find quitting difficult, even long after stopping some may still miss the habit. It’s important to note that nicotine cravings or nicotine withdrawals are not permanent, they will not last forever. When you go a while without smoking you will crave it less. This article will cover why you miss smoking, bringing some light onto questions many smokers may have.

So, why do you miss smoking?

Quitting smoking takes time, it is a process. One thing you must remember is that you have to get through those tough nicotine cravings, and this is the most difficult part. After taking up a habit such as smoking, your mind and your body become dependant on nicotine. Without nicotine your body and mind goes through withdrawal, leaving you craving for a smoke. Part of the craving for smoking is not just from nicotine, but also from association to different parts of your life. Recognizing these associations and changing them can be very helpful in your nicotine cessation journey.

Craving A Cigarette?

Verywellmind has compiled a great list of things you can do if you’re stuck craving nicotine.

  • Go for a walk
  • Call a friend
  • Run an errand
  • Have a healthy snack
  • Do yoga
  • Chew gum or mints
  • Do some exercises

Quitting smoking can be the greatest step you take in moving forward. Like many things in life, it takes a bit of work, and a little support. With the right support, mindset, and determination quitting smoking is possible for even chronic smokers. If you need support reach out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) free helpline at 1-800-784-8669.



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