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How many times will you try to quit smoking until you succeed?

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Habit is a prevailing mode of behavior, the implementation of which in a certain situation acquires the character of a need for the individual, which "prompts to perform some actions, deeds." In the formation of a habit, an action is repeatedly performed, a pleasant emotional tone caused by the very implementation of this action is extremely important, since it is "learned ... which has become automatic and is completed without effort."

Smoking - pyrolytic inhalation (inhalation of smoke) of drugs, mainly of plant origin, smoldering in the stream of inhaled air, in order to saturate the body with the active substances contained in them by sublimation and subsequent absorption in the lungs and respiratory tract. As a rule, it is used for the use of smoking mixtures with narcotic properties (tobacco, hashish, marijuana, opium, crack, etc.) due to the rapid flow of psychoactive substances into the brain.

According to a study published last month on the BMJ Open website on science and medicine, a typical smoker will have to make about 30 attempts to give up cigarettes before his desires turn into reality and he quits. Agree, this is a little more than 5-7 attempts, which scientists previously spoke about. Usually, when talking about 5-7 attempts, we are talking about the memories of former smokers who rarely remember how many times they really tried to part with the addiction.

If you quit smoking and you fail, don’t be upset: the more attempts you make, the closer you will be to the goal.

Dr. Michael Sheyton, author of the study, says: “A person’s memory is structured so that we rarely remember passing, unfortunate moments. And, of course, it’s hard to remember one of those many days when you tried to quit smoking 20 years ago. ” The new study is based on data that scientists received from smokers every six months for three years. Moreover, the number of probable attempts to quit in the future was calculated using a special mathematical formula. This technique is many times more accurate than a simple survey of former smokers, who are unlikely to be able to clearly remember how many unsuccessful attempts to make them they made.

The number of attempts to quit smoking directly depends on the strength of tobacco attachment. For example, if you light the first cigarette about 30 minutes after waking up and emit a whole pack in a day, you are a heavy smoker, and it will be very, very difficult to quit. The good news is this: if you have failed to quit smoking the first (and even fifth) time, this does not mean that you should give up and smoke for the rest of your life. According to the results of the study, you can try to throw a few dozen times, and each time you will be closer to the goal.

Here's how it works: with every attempt to quit smoking, you are working out some kind of situation in which you again got out cigarettes: you quarreled with someone, you felt ashamed, you lost a ton of money, you cannot deny yourself the pleasure of smoking when you drank, you saw a beautiful sunset in nature ... Each of these options needs to be worked out to understand that you have already started smoking, and nothing good came of it. Usually 20-30 returns to the army of smokers completely exhaust your reasons to re-light a cigarette.

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