In spite of the plethora of information regarding smoking being the most preventable cause of mortality, quitting is not easy. In fact, according to a 2016 study of former smokers in Ontario, Canada, it can take multiple tries.
The American Cancer Society predicts that one attempts to quit smoking 8-10 times before finding success, according to the study. The Australian Cancer Council places the attempt tally at 12-14. Other organizations list it at no less than five attempts, with one group stating that 40 attempts by smokers to kick the habit will be undertaken by the age of 40. What this study found was that the number of times a smoker tries to quit is likely more than what has been reported and may be as much as 30 times before an individual is able to stay away from cigarettes for at least a year.
So, why is it so hard to quit smoking?
Smoking is a habit that encompasses not only our physical selves through addiction to nicotine but also our mental and behavioral selves. Successfully quitting smoking, therefore, requires a total life change in order to get past the physical, mental, and behavioral habit.
The most important thing is the effort of trying and wish to succeed. Not everyone quit at first attempting. Try again, combining exercising and a healthy lifestyle you will be more encouraged to try again and succeed.
Even though you may be very well aware of the dangers that smoking presents to your health, you might not be ready to take the leap. How do you know if you're ready to quit smoking? Take a look at our checklist of the ten signs that you're ready to quit smoking. If you find yourself exhibiting any of those signs including noticing that your health is starting to decline, and telling your family and friends you're ready to quit then now is a great time.
Remember that successfully quitting smoking requires not only that you change aspects of your life, but also that you have sources of support when it gets hard. Would you like to know more? Contact us.