Smoking: Habit or Addiction?

07 Jul 2019

People all over the world have been using tobacco for centuries in various forms. It is also one of the cheapest and most easily available addictive substances in the world. Given these factors and the largely lax rules around buying, selling, and using tobacco, usage of the same is commonplace, and often socially accepted. This makes forming a habit of using tobacco easier.

Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. Nicotine provides a short-lived, but highly addictive boost, and eliminating it after regular usage causes one to experience cravings and smoking withdrawal symptoms including:

  • Irritability, frustration, or anger. 
  • Anxiety. 
  • Difficulty concentrating. 
  • Increased appetite. 
  • Restlessness. 
  • Depressed mood. 
  • Insomnia.

The experience of these symptoms every time one quits using tobacco is one of the reasons why most users go back to using it. Another reason that makes smoking so difficult to quit is that it also becomes part of our daily routine. Therefore, the question isn’t whether you have a smoking habit or addiction. You likely have both.

 

CAGE Questionnaire Modified for Smoking Behavior

The CAGE questionnaire is a set of questions to help see how dependent you are on Nicotine. Try and answer the following questions for yourself:

Have you ever felt a need to Cut down or control your smoking but had difficulty doing so?

Do you ever get annoyed or angry with people who criticize your smoking or tell you that you ought to quit it?

Have you ever felt Guilty about your smoking or about something you did while smoking?

Do you ever smoke within half an hour of waking up?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you are already on the path to smoking addiction.

A positive answer to two or more questions indicates with certainty that you are dependent on nicotine and are likely to experience withdrawal and manage cravings if you stop smoking.

 

Get Help

At Nicotex, we believe you can! 

With the right kind of support and quitting plan, any smoker can kick this habit even if you’ve tried and failed multiple times before. Feel free to access the expert written articles on our website or reach out to our team of professional counsellors to get started on your journey of overcoming this challenge today!

 

References:

1. Rustin, T. A. (2000, August 01). Assessing Nicotine Dependence. Retrieved August 2, 2019, accessed from https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0801/p579.html

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