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Quit Smoking Withdrawls or Cravings – What’s the Difference

I’m sure we’re all aware of the awful withdrawals and the terrible cravings experienced when we try to quit smoking but what are they, are they the same thing and does it even matter?

The key to quitting smoking easily and happily without feeling any sense of loss is to understand how smoking works.
Let’s be blunt here – smoking is drug addiction and smokers are addicts. There, I’ve said it, you’re a junkie, as was I for 20 years.

Nicotine addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental

Whilst it is drug addiction, contrary to popular belief the addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental.
How else do you think you can sleep for 8 hours at night or manage a flight if it was only physical? And why do former smokers using other methods still crave cigarettes years after quitting when all of the nicotine has left their body?

When you put out a cigarette you go into physical withdrawal from nicotine which feels like a slight, empty, hungry feeling. No big deal, it doesn’t hurt and a pack a day smoker experiences it around 20 times a day. It translates as the ‘I want a cigarette’ feeling so you feed it and it goes away. That’s physical withdrawal.

A craving is different. A craving is your desire to do or have something and is purely mental. If you believe that cigarettes provide you with some pleasure, relief or comfort, then you’ll desire one and therefore crave one.
If you can’t have one, you’ll feel utterly miserable and deprived and the cravings will be even greater.

On the flip side, if you don’t want a cigarette or see no benefit in one, you won’t desire or crave one. Yes, you’ll still go through a few days of slight withdrawal but it’s barely even noticeable and for some people, even enjoyable.

Withdrawal is easy, cravings are awful

So withdrawals are the little physical 1% and cravings are the big mental 99%. Withdrawal is easy, cravings are awful. If you can remove the desire to smoke and get rid of the 99% problem of the cravings, quitting smoking becomes easy.

This explains why products like patches, gum, spray, vapes etc have such a low success rate as they only address 1% of the problem and leave 99% unanswered.

I’m sure we’re all aware of the awful withdrawals and the terrible cravings experienced when we try to quit smoking but what are they, are they the same thing and does it even matter?

The key to quitting smoking easily and happily without feeling any sense of loss is to understand how smoking works.
Let’s be blunt here – smoking is drug addiction and smokers are addicts. There, I’ve said it, you’re a junkie, as was I for 20 years.

Nicotine addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental

Whilst it is drug addiction, contrary to popular belief the addiction is 1% physical and 99% mental.
How else do you think you can sleep for 8 hours at night or manage a flight if it was only physical? And why do former smokers using other methods still crave cigarettes years after quitting when all of the nicotine has left their body?

When you put out a cigarette you go into physical withdrawal from nicotine which feels like a slight, empty, hungry feeling. No big deal, it doesn’t hurt and a pack a day smoker experiences it around 20 times a day. It translates as the ‘I want a cigarette’ feeling so you feed it and it goes away. That’s physical withdrawal.

A craving is different. A craving is your desire to do or have something and is purely mental. If you believe that cigarettes provide you with some pleasure, relief or comfort, then you’ll desire one and therefore crave one.
If you can’t have one, you’ll feel utterly miserable and deprived and the cravings will be even greater.

On the flip side, if you don’t want a cigarette or see no benefit in one, you won’t desire or crave one. Yes, you’ll still go through a few days of slight withdrawal but it’s barely even noticeable and for some people, even enjoyable.

Withdrawal is easy, cravings are awful

So withdrawals are the little physical 1% and cravings are the big mental 99%. Withdrawal is easy, cravings are awful. If you can remove the desire to smoke and get rid of the 99% problem of the cravings, quitting smoking becomes easy.

This explains why products like patches, gum, spray, vapes etc have such a low success rate as they only address 1% of the problem and leave 99% unanswered.

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