People have been told a number of times about how smoking is bad for health and can ruin your life, yet most of the people cannot quit smoking even if they try. Various researches show that 30% of smokers try to quit smoking in a particular year, but only 2.5% of them are successful at it. Is it because people aren’t aware of the risk factor associated with smoking? Well, they are aware, but they can’t because they have low determination and they aren’t sure of the factors that provoke them to smoke. Therefore, here is a compilation of different types of smokers who smoke for several reasons with certain ideas about how and why they should quit the deadly habit.
1. Skinny Smokers
About 50% of women smokers feel that they smoke because they are extremely worried and conscious about their weight and body type. An altered sense of body image prompts them to smoke. About half of the women and a quarter of men who smoke get their motivation from the fact that they believe themselves to be fat or are scared they will gain weight once they quit smoking.
Reason to quit: Body weight is determined by healthy lifestyle and not smoking. Although people tend to gain 4-10 pounds post quitting, yet this is temporary. Have a positive body image and follow a healthy lifestyle if you want a desired body frame instead of smoking.
2. Sneaky Smokers
These people have strong guilty conscience but low determination. They know that smoking is deadly, but they don’t have the motivation to quit. Therefore, such people sneak a cigarette or two when their family and friends aren’t around. People like Barack Obama etc are sneaky smokers who try to hide their habits from the family.
Reason to Quit: You need to believe that you can quit. Just because your family can’t see you smoking or you feel ashamed of your habit, you can’t have a guilty cigarette. Remember, even occasional smoking is hazardous. Therefore, be firm and resolute. The best thing is that you can’t easily quit it because you don’t smoke too much.
3. Rebel Smokers
These smokers don’t feel guilty. They smoke because they are rebellious, because they know that it is not right and unhealthy. They have an erroneous belief that smoking leads to freedom and is a sign of individualism. Generally teenagers fall into this category as they believe in being ‘non-conformist.’
Reason to quit: Stop having false beliefs. Smoking has nothing to do with freedom and liberty. Yes, it makes you rebellious but it also makes you terribly sick. Quit before it’s too late.
4. Social Smokers
They are like social drinkers. They smoke when they have huge crowds around them, like at parties or bars. Unlike, rebel smokers, these people simply smoke because this makes them a ‘conformist’ and they appear similar to other people around. Such people believe that social smoking would increase their chances of socialization.
Reason to quit: You must understand that social smoking has no effect on socialization. In fact, this can make you addicted to nicotine and you never know when you social smoking habit will turn into daily smoking.
5. Stressed-out Smokers
The rat race is too fast and many people are scared of succumbing to pressure. There, more than 45% of smokers (men and women) smoke because it relieves their tensions and pressures. The present day fights with loved ones, scary deadlines at workplace and daily hassles forces one to smoke.
Reasons to quit: Smoking might appear to reduce stress, but it actually increases your tensions as it leads to physical changes associated with high stress levels. Moreover, smoking itself is a cause of stress. Also, smoking is not an answer to your daily troubles. Therefore, try to do yoga or meditate to feel lighter. This will soothe your mind and help you deal with the pressures.
6. Serial Smokers
These smokers try to quit smoking but in vain. Every time they light a cigarette, they try to reassure themselves that this is the last cigarette they would smoke. But still they fail. 16% of smokers come under this category.
Reasons to quit: You are strong and you know it. All you need to do is try hard till you succeed and soon the last cigarette will be a truth.
7. Committed Smokers
These smokers never try to quit. Such smokers believe that smoking rules their life. They are so scared of quitting it that they can’t imagine a life without it. These self-destructive smokers have low sense of confidence and let smoking control the remote of their lives.
Reason to quit: Smoking is not just non-economical, but it is also ruining your life. Look around you, beauty and life surrounds the path. There are people who love and care about you and vice-versa. Therefore, quit the deadly path before it’s too late to repent.
So, now that you know which type of smoker you are, try to quit smoking. It is true that actual cravings post-quitting can reduce your defenses, but you need to try, for yourself and your loved ones. Believe in yourself and success would find the way to come towards you.