Addicts try to rationalize their lethal habits. They are faced with pressure to quit from doctors, friends, family, and lovers. Despite the overwhelming cons, people will come up with all sorts of lame excuses for smoking to justify an expensive habit that is killing them. Here is a list of the top 5 that we hate to hear:
5. “Life is too stressful right now.”
Nobody is immune to stress. We all have demands, responsibilities, dramas, and time-crunches that make the idea of quitting seem impossible. People think smoking alleviates stress. This is because the body becomes addicted to the chemicals in cigarettes, and smoking seems to give relief only because you are getting your fix. When you account for the sheer anxiety experienced between cigarettes, along with the financial stressors and health detriments, it is clear that the cigarettes are causing stress, and not curing it.
4. “I’ve tried to quit so many times.”
Anyone who has tried to quit cold turkey knows the pain. A regular smoker will feel extreme anxiety. Their brains will fixate on just one more, the way any addict undergoing withdrawal might experience. Other uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal are insomnia, irritability, hacking up gunk, and lethargy. Failed attempts to quit smoking make you feel like a failure. With all this negativity, quitting smoking is an extremely daunting event–an event any smoker will put off as long as possible. It is important to keep the big picture in mind, especially when your life is on the line.
3. “Quitting smoking causes weight-gain.”
When you think of a sickly person, you tend to think of a skinny person. Cigarettes suppress your appetite, at the cost of your quality of life. A lot of ex-smokers turn to food to cope with the anxieties of quitting, so weight gain is perfectly natural. The beauty of quitting smoking is the precedent it sets; once you make a positive step for your health, the next step is easier. First quit smoking, then eat healthier, then step up your exercise routine. So on, and so forth…
2. “All my friends smoke.”
The social aspect of smoking cannot be ignored. Your friends might have gotten you started, and they may passively (or actively) keep you smoking. During intense cravings and withdrawals, seeing or smelling your friends with cigarettes might be unbearable. Good friends will respect your decision to quit, and you won’t be alienated. Hopefully, your relationship with friends is deeper than chemical addiction!
1. “I’m set in my ways.”
Change is hard. Many smokers have been puffing away for most of their lives, and it has become a ritual. The idea of a life without cigarettes might be as hellish as a life without food, sleep, or their children. However, humanity is resilient, adaptable, and capable of amazing changes. It is never too late to make a positive impact on your life. Check out our latest blog series on vaping success stories if you need more inspiration!
Something to think about:
What other lame excuses have you heard? What excuses did you make before switching to vaping?