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Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

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You're probably addicted to nicotine.

This chemical is in all tobacco products. It temporarily makes you feel calm and satisfied. At the same time, you feel more alert and focused.

The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good. Soon, you don't feel "normal" without it.

Quitting is also hard because smoking is a big part of your life. You enjoy it. You may smoke when you are stressed, bored, or angry. It's part of your daily routine. You may do it without even thinking about it.

From: FAQ on Quitting Smoking WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

Smokefree.gov.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Smokefree.gov.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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