They continue smoking because they are addicted to nicotine, but also because it seems to them that smoking plays a useful role in their lives.
Some people who smoke may be worried about the symptoms of withdrawal. They may have tried to quit before, and when they weren’t successful they decided to give up.
Although dealing with withdrawal can be hard, withdrawal symptoms are a sign that the body is healing. Not all smokers have the same symptoms and some don’t have any at all.
Being addicted to nicotine may not be the only reason someone smokes. Each smoker has their own reasons for smoking. They may feel that smoking helps them deal with stress, relax, cope with boredom, interact with friends or control their appetite.
Smokers’ Helpline can help you understand why you continue to smoke – and coach you on how to quit.