The smoking addiction

When you quit it can help if you understand your smoking addiction. This can put you in a stronger position to beat it. Smoking is an addiction with three parts:

1. Addiction to nicotine

Nicotine is one of thousands of chemicals in cigarettes. It's addictive and is the cause of most of the withdrawal symptoms you feel when you first stop smoking. This is the physical part of the smoking addiction. Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges can help to reduce cravings. You can order these from Quitline online or by phone and they will only cost around $5 for a 4 week supply with the option of a free repeat.

2. Habit

Smoking becomes a habit – and is reinforced by all the routines, times and activities you have come to associate with smoking. For example, with a coffee, after a meal, when talking on the phone or driving. Habits also create needs or cravings. You have trained yourself so well that you think you can't do some things without a cigarette.

3. Emotions

Emotions are big smoking triggers too – you may smoke in response to feeling a certain way. For example, you might smoke for comfort when sad; for a break when tired or for something to do when bored. Often cigarettes are used to cover up an uncomfortable feeling too, such as when you're angry or when you're nervous. What emotions cause you to smoke?

Once you know the habits and emotions that trigger you to smoke, you can start coming up with a plan to deal with those. For some simple straegies to combat your smoking triggers download the following infosheet: