People struggle with their desire to quit smoking. Even though people often start smoking due to social reasons – going out for a cigarette with colleagues; lighting up a joint while waiting for a bus or enjoying a smoke with a glass of wine among friends, etc., – trying to quit is more related to the body’s physical addiction.
Nicotine that is in tobacco is extremely addictive and stimulates certain parts of the brain, making smokers almost unable to resist the temptation to light up a cigarette. No publicity campaign filled with nasty pictures about the effects of lung cancer on cigarette boxes is enough to make smokers to stop smoking. We know smoking is bad for us, but we still keep on doing it. Why?
Hooked on Nicotine
Nicotiana tabacum has existed since 6000 BC and has believed to have medicinal features until studies showed the link between diseases like cancer and smoking. Modern opinion is that tobacco will harm you, and yet millions keep coming back, driven by the good feeling that nicotine produces.
There a numerous therapies and products such as electric cigarettes helping smokers on their journey to nicotine-free life. Dependence on nicotine is often strong and it might be better to quit smoking gradually. In Nordic countries, especially Sweden, snus has come to the smoker’s aid.
Snus is moist, steam-pasteurized tobacco powder placed under your upper lip, and it’s used as an alternative to smoking and chewing tobacco. One of the pros of using snus is that it is smoke-free and doesn’t have a bad smell. Nor does it harm your lungs. It’s easy and can be used (undetectably) when flying.
There are different opinions on snus’ consequences on health, and the International Journal of Cancer launched a study connecting snus with oral cancer. Nicotine is not healthy in any form, but compared to smoking, snus is a clearer choice and can help reduce daily tobacco use step by step.
Annihilate Your Bad Habits By Identifying Your Triggers
Changing human behaviour is notoriously difficult. We are creatures of habit and we tend to resist change…even if it’s killing us. Some bad habits, like slouching or mumbling, are generally harmless. However, other habits, like smoking or bingeing on fast food, have dangerous consequences. So how can you learn to dump cigarettes for good or choose salad over cheese fries? By identifying your triggers.
Once you know your triggers you can plan how you’re going to disrupt your unhealthy routine and end the cycle. For example, if you usually have a smoke after dinner, make sure that after dinner you’re extra vigilant against cravings and excuses. Make this easier by getting rid of the cigarettes in your house and finding an alternative after-dinner activity like drinking tea. By identifying your triggers and preparing a plan of action beforehand you can rewire your brain for a happier, healthier lifestyle.