Psychological Addiction to Nicotine
Smoking habits go beyond nicotine addiction.
As the addiction to nicotine sets in, the brain connects your daily routines with cravings to make sure you get a steady flow of nicotine. So there are certain activities, people and places that we learn to associate with tobacco use. These associations act together with nicotine addiction to reinforce your dependence on tobacco.
That's why normal everyday activities can trigger the urge to smoke. If you're drinking coffee, or talking on the phone and craving a smoke, it's really your brain looking for a nicotine fix. You may learn to use a cigarette to feel comfortable in social situations, or when tense or bored. You may develop an oral fixation that cigarettes satisfy. To quit smoking you need to overcome both your addiction to nicotine and your personal smoking habits.
Nicorette® stop smoking products can help you with your addiction to nicotine. Then we can help you avoid the tough trigger situations — or at least get through them by doing something different so that you don't automatically reach for a cigarette. In fact, you can go to our Quit Smoking Timeline for Trigger Solutions and other helpful tips and suggestions on how to handle your other smoking habits.
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