You can do anything you set your mind to, including quitting an addictive habit! It may seem overwhelming or impossible at the moment, but we promise that you can do it.

Quitting an addictive habit like smoking takes time and focus, but the rewards are well worth it. Chronic smoking leads to all kinds of negative side effects, including serious diseases like cancer.

Our AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail team explains more about the benefits of kicking your smoking habit for good, so read on to get inspired to change your life.

Why Is Tobacco So Addictive?

Cigarettes contain a high level of nicotine, which is the chemical that is highly addictive. When your brain is exposed to nicotine, it triggers a release of the hormone called dopamine. Dopamine is considered the reward center of your brain, so that release will make you calm, happy and satisfied. Over time, your body and brain will become reliant on that feeling and you will crave nicotine more and more.

When the craving for nicotine hits, it can be really strong! However, the strongest feelings will only last for about five to 10 minutes before they start to fade, so do your best to find an alternative activity for that time frame. Go for a walk, stand in the sun or focus on a hobby.

Diseases Associated With Long-Term Smoking

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Emphysema

What Are Some Easy Ways to Quit Smoking?

While there really is no easy way to quit an addictive habit, it can be made easier if you find what works for you and stick to it. If you discover your main driving force behind wanting to quit, it can help you stick to your goals when the craving hits. Many people focus on a healthier lifestyle, healthier family or even just the possibility of saving money!

Giving up a habit like this might also force you to make some lifestyle changes. Avoiding places where you normally smoke, like bars, parties or even your back porch during your morning cup of coffee, can help reduce the urge to smoke. Replace these activities with something else to keep your mind distracted. Exercise, yoga or a newfound hobby can help you on the road to a smoke-free life.

The Benefits of a Smoke-Free Life

  • Stronger, less damaged lungs
  • Reduced risk for cancer and other diseases
  • Improved physical appearance and senses
  • Eliminated secondhand smoke at home for your family

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