It can be a challenge to quit using products that contain nicotine but remember… you are not alone. Living a nicotine-free life is possible.
Tobacco use remains the top preventable cause of disease and death in the United Sates. However, nearly 1.3 million smokers quit each year, reports US News Health. With supportive resources, many can overcome nicotine addiction which reduces health risks and allows the pursuit of a healthier and happier life.
Why is smoking addictive? Why does Nicotine Misuse Occur?
Once a person starts using tobacco products, they have a hard time quitting. This is because of the addictive chemical nicotine, a stimulant found in tobacco and some vaping products.
To put it simply, when you take your first drag of a cigarette or nicotine product, within 10 seconds the nicotine will enter your brain and trigger happy, euphoric feelings. BUT when that nicotine wears off, so does that happy feeling or “buzz.” The more a person uses, the more nicotine is needed to sustain the “buzz” which results in using more frequently.
You can’t stop smoking.
You experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop.
You keep smoking despite health problems.
You give up social or recreational activities in order to smoke.
TAKE ACTION DURING THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
Start your journey or help those in your community take a leap and quit smoking on November 21 at the annual The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout intervention event. The campaign encourages smokers to put down the cigarettes, and quit smoking with tobacco and e-cigarette prevention material. To learn more about the Great American Smokeout campaign, event, and other resources, please visit: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html
For more information and resources, visit our partner’s website: Smoke Free SC (https://www.smokefreesc.org/)