I have been quitting smoking and starting again for the last couple of years. Its really annoying that I keep failing, but then again I keep telling myself that becoming a non smoker its like trying to ride a bike, and I keep falling off. So I keep trying, to quit.
I usually quit using nicotine gum, it does stave off some of the cravings, but, and this is what I am asking, it does not seem to be only the nicotine I am craving, there is something else, and it is not psychological, but very physical and I am sure of that because of what happens after having quit using NRT and then having a cigarette after some time.
If it were just the nicotine and psychological dependency, then having a cigarette after using nico gum, would not have a physical effect, as my blood nicotne levels are probably higher on NRT than when smoking anyway. What I keep finding is that having a cigarette when I have been on gum for some time, does not just make me feel better psychologically, I actually feel some chemical flood of something that totally relaxes me when I have that first cigarette.
I am sure some will say that that is just in my head and all psychological, but I am talking about actualy physical symptoms, just like if you take a sleeping tablet or something, that is not psychological, but I feel a kind of flood of something, something that is not felt when taking the gum.
So I am questioning whether there is something else in cigarettes, not just nicotine, that smokers really crave and miss when they quit, even when using NRT.
Could that feeling I get...that I enjoy... be the effect of the carbon monoxide, reduced oxygen levels, making me feel kind of woozy? It keeps making me fail at my quits, because I am aware that I can get that feeling by having a cigarette and sometimes when something stressful occurs on my quit and NRT just doesnt cut it, I reach for a cigarette because that is the only place I know where I can get that feeling that calms me right down. If I were to know what it is in cigarettes that makes me feel that way, then I might be able to get it another more healthy way instead of the only way I know, which is from smoking.