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I'M UNDER A LOT OF STRESS, AND SMOKING RELAXES ME Your body is used to Nicotine, so you naturally feel more relaxed when you give it a substance it has come to depend on. But nicotine is a stimulant-it raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. Most ex-smokers feel much less nervous just one to two weeks after quitting.


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I'VE ALREADY CUT DOWN TO A SAFE LEVEL Cutting down is a good first step, but there is a big difference in the benefits to you between smoking a little and not smoking at all. Besides, smokers who cut back often inhale more often and more deeply-thus canceling the benefits of cutting back. After you have cut back to about seven cigarettes a day, pick a quitting date within 1-2 weeks. 
I SMOKE ONLY SAFE, LOW TAR, LOW- NICOTINE CIGARETTES. These cigarettes still contain harmful substances, and many smokers who use them inhale more often and more deeply to maintain their nicotine intake Also, carbon monoxide intake often increases with a switch to low-tar cigarettes. 
IT'S TOO HARD TO QUIT. I DON'T HAVE THE WILLPOWER Quitting and staying away from cigarettes is hard, but it's not impossible More than 3 million Americans quit every year It's important for you to remember that many people have had to try more than once, and try more than one method, before they become ex-smokers, but they have done it and so can you. 
SOMETIMES I HAVE AN IRRESISTIBLE URGE TO HAVE A CIGARETTE This is a common feeling, especially within the first 1-3 weeks. The longer you are off cigarettes, the more your urges will come at times when you smoked before, such as When you're drinking coffee or alcohol or you are at a cocktail where other people are smoking. If you can't avoid these high- risk situations, you can try to visualize how you will handle the desire for a cigarette if these occasions happen. 
I BLEW IT. I SMOKED CIGARETTE Smoking one or even a few cigarettes doesn't mean you have "blown it". It does mean that you have to strengthen your will to quit and try again. Don't forget that you got through several days-perhaps even weeks or months-without a cigarette. This shows that you don't need cigarettes and that you can be a successful quitter. 



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