The Best Smoker Excuses

As a former smoker I can attest to the fact that smokers, myself including, come up with the best excuses to justify smoking cigarettes. In reality the excuses are just a way for a smoker to convince oneself that there is a reason why he smokes, essentially just lying to himself.

  • “I like smoking.” The damaging effects of smoking tobacco are a big price to pay for the short-lived nicotine high. If you stop smoking, you will experience a feeling success, you will feel in better shape, you will appreciate your sense of taste and smell, you will have better breath, you won’t have that smoker’s cough you won’t have to worry about the risks to your health.
  • “Smoking relaxes me.” There are other ways to relax: take some deep breaths, go for a walk, exercise, do some pushups, practice relaxation techniques, take a nap, etc. The high or the pleasure and feeling of relaxation that one feels after smoking are related to the addictive nature of tobacco. Smokers are afraid to give up that relaxing feeling. If you stop smoking, you’ll see that you do not need cigarettes to relax.
  • “The cigarette helps me cope with difficult times.” Ask yourself whether cigarettes really help you cope with your worries. Smoking does not solve anything. You do not need cigarettes to live!
  • “Smoking helps me concentrate and work better.” Nicotine C10H14N2Nicotine [ 3-(1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidinyl) pyridine ] or C10H14N2) facilitates concentration because it reduces minor withdrawal symptoms (agitation, anxiety). However, cigarettes reduce the long-term intellectual performance, because they decrease the oxygen supply to the brain.
  • “I’ll quit smoking one day, but not now.” It will not necessarily be easier to stop later. So why wait? Would it not be better to quit now, before reaching a disease caused by smoking?
  • “I’m not able to” Millions of people have successfully quit smoking, you are able too! You most likely know several ex-smokers yourself. You don’t have any less willpower than they do. However, quitting smoking is not just a matter of willpower, it requires know-how too.
  • “I’m addicted to nicotine.” Nicotine can indeed generate strong dependence. This is the main reason why smokers continue to smoke. Each cigarette, you strengthen and reinforce this dependence. Quitting smoking is like breaking out of the prison of addiction. Many ex-smokers have told us that getting rid of cigarettes was easier than they thought it would be.
  • “I fear the withdrawal symptoms of cigarettes.” Most of these symptoms disappear within 2-3 weeks. Nicotine substitutes and electronic cigarettes alleviate these symptoms or even make them disappear. These products double the chances of a successful quitting attempt.
  • “It’s too late, the damage is done.” Whatever your age, quitting smoking is beneficial to your health. It is never too late to quit.
  • “I don’t smoke a lot, I’m not at risk.” This reasoning is false. Numerous scientific studies have shown that even irregular smokers are also at risk. For example, smokers who smoke at least 1 cigarette per day, at ten time more likely to have lung cancer than a non-smoker.
  • “I smoke light cigarettes, they’re not as strong.” The term “light” cigarettes was invented by the tobacco industry to allow smokers to believe that cigarettes are less toxic, which is false. “Light” cigarettes need a stronger and longer drag to get the same amount of smoke when compared to a regular cig. Therefore, blood levels of nicotine and toxic substances observed in smokers of light cigarettes are very close to the rate observed in normal cigarette smokers.
  • “If I try to stop, I fear going back to smoking again.” Relapse is a normal phenomenon, which is part of the cleansing process. On average, smoker make 4 attempts before successfully quitting. There is no shame in take a step back, but it’s important to not forget your end goal, quitting smoking no matter what. Each new attempt increases your chances of success.
  • “Most of my relatives smoke.” In Switzerland for example, a country with a high standard of living, 27% of adults smoke, but most do not smoke. It is true, however, that it is harder to stop when you’re surrounded by smokers. But if smoking is contagious then so is quitting!
  • “I am under too much stress right now.”  Since you already intend to stop, why wait? It will not be easier to stop later on. Smoking is an addiction that gradually increases over time. It will only be harder to stop further down the road, until one day… God forbid. If you’re experiencing coughing, shortness of breath, a hoarse voice, soar throat, a cold, or other illness, then you know that it’s time to quit.
  • “I’m afraid of gaining weight if I stop smoking.” It is true that some people gain weight after quitting smoking but it’s not guaranteed. This weight gain is usually moderate, about three to four kg on average. Do not let the pounds accumulate, there are many ways to lose that weight: consult a dietician or a doctor, or find some informative books at your library. Stopping smoking can be an opportunity to start healthy eating habits: eat less fat and sugar and do more exercise or sport. In addition, the use of nicotine replacement such as the gum, patch, inhaler, e-cigarettes or nicotine mints) may limit or delay that weight gain after quitting. It appears that in the case of Varenicline, the negative outweighs the positive. Symptoms like death don’t seem to be quite worth taking a quit smoking pill.
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After many previous failed attempts at quitting smoking I stumbled upon electronic cigarettes and decided to give them a try. It has been five years now that I smoked my last tobacco cigarette and I am 100% nicotine-free!

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