Does it take 21 days to break the smoking “habit”?

A common misperception is that smoking is simply a habit and that if you can go 21 days without using you will break the habit . Video discusses how smoking is more than a habit, it is an addiction accompanied by associations with many events and activities encountered throughout life. Experience, not time is what is going to determine how long it is before you break all of the different associations that you may have with cigarettes.

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Craves or thoughts that occur over time
Smoking triggers
The urge hits
Does it take 21 days to break the smoking “habit”?
Difference between physical and psychological urges
“How long before I don’t want a cigarette?”
“Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?”
How quitting smoking is like learning to ride a bicycle
Predestined bad days after quitting
“I’ll have to use willpower for the rest of my life not to smoke.”
How holidays that result in three day weekends affect recent ex-smokers
Change of season triggers – the fall
Change of season triggers – The Spring
Summer seasonal triggers
Be prepared for holiday triggers
Thoughts for cigarettes that may seem worse than when first quitting smoking
Resources related to facing or avoiding triggers
“Who wants to go back to smoking”
Dreams of smoking
“I want one”
“I don’t feel any better since I quit smoking!”
“I have to smoke when I talk on the phone”
“The only time I think of smoking is when I get one of your stupid letters”
“I’ll come for reinforcement when I need it”
“Boy do I deserve a cigarette for that”
The Terrible 3’s
Longer-term quitters who say they are still having bad days
Just think of something else

Everything you did as a smoker you can do as an ex-smoker
You smoke because you’re a smokeaholic
Being locked up to quit smoking
Smoking breaks
Make a list of why you want to quit