Why Do I Smoke

Why Do I Smoke

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

12 Nov 2000, 22:44 #1

Joel's Reinforcement Library

Why Do I Smoke?

Most smokers spend countless hours during their smoking careers trying to satisfactorily answer this most perplexing question. Typically, answers they come up with are that they smoke because they are unhappy, unsatisfied, nervous, bored, anxious, lonely, tired or just frustrated without their cigarettes. Other reasons often quoted are that cigarettes keep them thin, make them better able to think, or that they are more sociable while smoking. Some claim that they smoke to celebrate the joyful times of life. Food, drink, fun and games, and even sex all seem to lose their appeal without an accompanying cigarette. After hearing all of these wonderful qualities attributed to cigarette smoking, I find myself amazed that almost 50,000,000 Americans have successfully given up smoking. What in the world is wrong with these ex-smokers? I can understand people who never smoked. They never knew or believed all of these wonderful benefits derived from smoking. What you never had you'll never miss. But these ex-smokers, having given up such a marvelous chemical addiction with so many benefits, must be crazy.

The fact is ex-smokers are not crazy. To the contrary, it was their ability to be rational which enabled them to successfully break free from cigarettes. They had the foresight to put themselves through the pain and agony encountered during the initial withdrawal from the nicotine addiction. It is both a powerful physical and psychological addiction which creates many irrational beliefs as defense mechanisms in order to perpetuate the smoking behaviour. Most of the reasons mentioned above of why smokers claim they smoke are such drug induced beliefs.

All ex-smokers should be applauded for their great accomplishment in overcoming the many obstacles created by their addiction. Encountering the initial quitting process creates a state of emotional insecurity and self doubt. Will they ever able to survive in our complicated world without their cigarettes? Once they become totally free of the grip which cigarettes exert upon them, they will be able to get a clear perspective of how many misconceptions they had about the benefits they thought they derived from smoking. Being drug free after years of enslavement brings a sense of relief and accomplishment that the smoker never anticipated. To their pleasant surprise, they discover the marvelous fact that there is life after smoking. It is a healthier, calmer and more pleasant life. They now have a choice as to whether or not they ever wish to smoke again. If they look honestly and objectively at the advantages and disadvantages, the logical choice is to remain ex-smokers.

Unfortunately, some don't remember all of the consequences associated with their old habit, but only recall the infrequent good times they believe they had with their cigarettes. They think that they could once again enjoy just a few cigarettes. What must be understood by all ex-smokers is that they only have two options. They can smoke nothing or they can smoke at their previous level of consumption. There is no in-between. They are wasting their time contemplating how nice it would be to be an occasional social smoker. They can never again have that luxury.

All ex-smokers must consider both options. Then if they choose to smoke, all they need do is take their first cigarette and again become trapped in the nicotine addiction. If they choose to remain free, all they need is to follow the simple practice - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!


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Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:51

14 Nov 2000, 01:22 #2

Hi Joel, I can relate to some of the reasons that are in your post. Another reason of why I smoke is I am always so nervous in being around people, I feel so inferior sometimes that I get uptight and a cig helps me thru it. BUT now when I think of it , so many people have quit smoking and there I am puffing away!! So my cigarettes are adding to the problem of feeling inferior. Thanks for listening. Winever

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:13

14 Nov 2000, 02:24 #3

I smoked for all these reasons, and then some. Like being an extreme introvert... smoking made me feel like part of a group without having to do anything really.

It is so much better now. Everything is better.

I smile a lot more, now.

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:43

14 Nov 2000, 02:40 #4

i have never smoked a cigarette that made me feel better...stopping is uncomfortable but worth the pain...nicotine is in a way like bacon or coffee they never taste as good as they smell...am shaky now because of a banking error but will not smoke over it

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

14 Nov 2000, 03:01 #5

dear Winever and Barbara and anyone else feeling this way.........[/size]
I read your words and said to myself.....oh my! To both of you....toss those feelings aside ASAP! There is not a person on this earth that is better than the next, as far as I'm concerned. I work with people and have for years. You are both as special and as wonderful as the person who walks beside you, behind you or in front of you. Never hide behind a smokescreen of any kind. Pick up your chins, stand tall and know that you are very special....we all are in our own ways. Walk with pride and see how much better you will feel.....[/size]
sending you both, and anyone else feeling the same way, lots and lots of hugs......and don't forget to SMILE.[/size]
Linda [/size]
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Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

08 Nov 2006, 02:34 #6

"Unfortunately, some don't remember all of the consequences associated with their 'old habit', but only recall the infrequent good times they believe they had with their cigarettes. They think that they could once again enjoy just a few cigarettes. " - Joel

Unfortunately it was this common misconception - popularized & perpetuated by Big Tobacco, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical community, Federal and state governments - that helped keep me from realizing the truth and finding the answer to the question..... "Why do I smoke?" So many times I was asked that question, or "What do you get out of that cigarette?" or "Can't you really handle stress any other way?" I asked those questions of myself as I coughed and hacked and detested myself for not being able to modify my behavior. I was such a weak loser smoker, or so I thought.
But then I found WhyQuit and FreedomFrom Tobacco I and saw one particularly powerful graphic that held the answer to the question for which I had no answer for so long ...."Why do I smoke?"
  You smoke because you're a smoke-a-holic  

I first smoked to be cool, to fit in, to look 'grown up' as a child!
I continued to use tobacco in many forms for over 40 years because I WAS & AM AN ADDICT!

However, Since becoming nicotine free
I've Broken The Chains that Bound Me!
Anybody can break themselves FREE.
Simply commit to yourself to just Never Take Another Puff!

JoeJ Free - Day 666
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Joined: 03 Jul 2013, 14:10

07 Dec 2013, 20:53 #7

This information and the entries added by some of Freedoms most knowledgeable travelers so hit home for me... it was one of the most important influences in my early "lurking" days and helped me to take the leap, I quit on June 23, 2013. 

I am a very happy ex-smoker who goes days with out thinking of a cigarette (my way of administering nicotine). I know that I am an addict and that knowledge has made me one of the happiest people, I now have the key to my success ... NTAP.

5 months and two weeks FREE. Feeling good about myself, the journey is sooo much easier now, going days without even thinking of smoking (nicotine) ... thoughts that I have are not "wants".

Joined: 18 Jan 2009, 16:17

08 Dec 2013, 08:04 #8

I agree. Embracing the drug addiction made it obviously clear what I had to do to break free from the trap. Diving into the support material here got me through those early days and weeks when it really is all about just finding a way to get through an hour, then a day, then a week so the grip of the addiction could begin to loosen. And, continuing to absorb those materials over the course of the first year to develop a strong hatred of the addiction and what it had done to me served as insurance against any moment of temptation.