The choice to stop smoking usually doesn’t come at the same time as other important life events. The process of stopping smoking is intrinsically made up of both psychological and physiological processes that are very difficult for us to deal with, especially against the day-to-day pressures that confront us constantly.
Physiologically – Our bodies are addicted – addicted to substances put into the body consistently over years. Through high school, military service, traveling to the Far East, work, university education and starting a family, all of these life stages have been accompanied by cigarettes and their addictive substances.
Psychologically – The automatic conditioning that we have accustomed ourselves to; the hand movements, the deep inhalations, the oxygen we take in with each puff, the habits of cigarettes with coffee, while driving, after meals and after sex – it seems that everywhere we have conditioned ourselves to be psychologically addicted to taking out a cigarette automatically. We take one out and light one up systematically and consistently. And let’s not forget when we realize it’s our last one. We start to get anxious as we think where to buy more at 2:00 am, even it means getting up, out of the house, into the car and finding an open kiosk at the other end of the city in order to answer our urge. This is the essence of addiction.