I have a smoking problem. I have been smoking cigarettes for about a year now. I really got into it partly because of peer pressure, and that I thought it was cool, and I wanted to be different. About 3 months into it I got hard core addicted, and smoked about 2 packs a day. The past few months I've had a lot of people telling me to quit, and I always said I was, but never really even tried to.
The past month I've been thinking about a lot of things, and I have laid off the cigarettes quite a bit. I am trying to fully stop, and quit but I always seem to get a craving, and it's really hard to not light one up. Additionally it seems I have a stronger tendency to smoke when I am in a vehicle especially my truck. Why is that? What is the best way to help me not give into the craving, and fully kick my bad habitat.
I am going to a new school this fall, and I know I am going to be more submersed into a culture of where people smoke. Do you have any advice on how to help me not fall back into my old habits, also to pick your mind the way I view smoking is more of a mental addiction. The more I reflect on this I seem to strengthen my theory. How do I convince myself to want to quit.
At times I seem to like smoking, but at other times I feel disgusted with it. How do I mentally convince myself smoking is bad, and that I can stop and that I need to stop. For some reason it seems as though my drive to quit smoking activates one day, but then 2 days later it's like I just lose all traces of it, and I find myself in the same old vicious cycle as the week before.
It's odd to me. I am fully educated on the consequences of smoking. For one it's expensive, for two it can cause health problems, three it stinks, four girls don't like it, but then on the flip side those reasons above don't seem to matter because some where along the way I feel as though smoking helps me relax, and it also gives you an excuse to take a break from work. It seems to help me feel like I belong to a special community.
I am trying to quit, and so far it has been one day without a cigarettes, but at certain times my body feels pulled to the cigarettes. I guess I am looking for advice on how to resist the craving, and I am also trying to get a firmer understanding on why people smoke, and why it is so addictive, and why it is so hard to quit, and why people choose to smoke when they are aware of the risks involved with smoking.
I know I wrote a lot so if your answer does not contain answers to all of my questions, and thoughts that is fully understandable. Thanks for reading, and thanks for making a website where individuals can obtain advice and knowledge.