Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

It is hard to quit smoking because the nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products gets you hooked and keeps you hooked. Most people try as many as three times to quit before they are able to do so.

Look at quitting smoking as a process instead of a one-time event. That way, if you do slip, you can focus on what to change to prevent future slips. Think of all the benefits you will receive by quitting smoking. If you quit, you will:

  • Prolong your life
  • Improve your health
  • Feel healthier (Smoking can cause coughing, sore throats, and decreased energy level.)
  • Look better (Smoking can cause face wrinkles, stained teeth, and dull skin.)
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell
  • Save money (Most smokers spend about $90 a month on cigarettes.)

People who smoke have a higher risk of getting diabetes. If you already have diabetes, smoking makes managing the disease more difficult. Smoking-related complications of diabetes include retinopathy (eye disease), heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and/or foot problems.