We smoke for different reasons: for pleasure, to experiment, to fit in with higher age groups, image, social pressure and so on. However: everyone can quit smoking. You too!
Continuing to smoke in later life no longer has anything to do with the original motives for starting to smoke. Smoking has become a habit. You are used to smoking in certain circumstances or situations, you don't think about it anymore. This is called psychological dependence on cigarettes. Smoking becomes a kind of reflex, like driving a car, eating or watching TV.
Besides the psychological dependence, there is also a physical dependence, which is caused by the decreasing nicotine level in your body. However, this dependence is relatively short-lived and disappears after about 2 weeks.
Everyone knows by now that smoking is unhealthy. It even says so on the packaging.
Examples of diseases associated with smoking are:
Smoking also causes:
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