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The Facts


Addiction

Physical Addiction

  • Nicotine is an addictive drug found in tobacco.
  • Addictive drugs cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when they are no longer taken.

Signs of nicotine withdrawal include:

stressed out
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in your mood
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    Behavioural Addiction

    • Smoking is a learned behaviour that you may do without thinking. Learned behaviours are hard to change.
    • You may crave a cigarette when you’re drinking alcohol or coffee, when you’re driving, after eating dinner or after having sex.

    Try this!

    1. Get a piece of paper and pencil
    2. Write down the sentence… “Why is it hard to quit?”
    3. Now write the sentence again without dotting the i’s or crossing the t’s

    Was that hard to do? You have dotted i’s and crossed t’s ever since you were young.  It is a learned behaviour that is hard to change.  It is possible to unlearn behaviours but it takes time and effort.

     

    Social Addiction

    • You may smoke more when you’re with friends at a party. Certain people, places or friends act as cues or triggers to smoking.
    • You may smoke to help you feel more comfortable. Smoking may make you feel as if you belong.
    • You may smoke more at work with your coworkers during a “smoke break”.
    • Social smoking can lead to addiction.

    Take the nicotine dependence test to find out how addicted you are to smoking.