I think that smoking is an obsessive compulsive behavior
June 2, 2009 1:12pm CST
I smoke, I have smoked for more years than I care to count but it is over 20 and I am age 34 now. I haven't neccessarily liked smoking for several years now. I would like to try to quit, but I have tried before and been unsuccessful and then the guilt just crushes my will to try to quit again. Cigarrettes are just like any other health affecting recreational drug such as crack or meth. I know a lot of people recoil at that analogy but think about it compare the behavior of a crack addict who is trying to quit to the behavior of a tobacco addict trying to quit. The sad attempts to "cut back", to wean oneself off slowly, trying to quit and starting again because someone you're visiting, or who is visiting you is using the drug and you are lured back via their continued usage. (hence couples tryig to quit together) Cigarrettes are getting almost as expensive as a crack habit. If you're pregnant and smoking either one of the two it can very advesely affect the fetus but millions of women every year are helpless to stop thmeselves from obsessive compulsively continue to dose ourselves with toxic chemicals that we know affect our health and shorten our lives. What is so attractive about reduced health, illness, possible cancers, the expense, the smell, and the fact that we are poisoning ourselves with every single dosage that we inhale? I don't get it, but just while writing this discussion I have lit and extinguished the same cigarrette twice and I keep looking from my computer screen to my ashtray at it wanting to light it again! It is frustrating! I don't wanna smoke but I do want a smoke. I think it becomes an obsessive compulsive behavior when you first hear yourself saying, I NEED a cigarrette! And it is definitely a need, like a little rat gnawing at the wall of your resolve.
• United States
2 Jun 09
I quit smoking 2 months ago, cold turkey. I just decided when I woke up that morning that I was never smoking again, and so far I haven't. Yeah it was hard, some days were worse than others. Some moments still are a bit tough. I went from 2 packs a day down to absolutely nothing. I'm surprised I didn't get divorced during the quit either! If you want more info on how I quit and reasons to quit, I have a Squidoo lens all about it, you can find the link to that at the top of my profile page. Good luck, I hope you're able to do it.