5 Reasons People Start Smoking


While most people search the internet for information on how to quit smoking, finding out why people start smoking is also a worthwhile endeavor. This is because smoking is a psychosocial habit and in order to kick it, people need to identify and then address the root issues related to their smoking; they need to know why they started to figure out how they can stop.  Let’s take a closer look at five of the main reasons people start smoking.

  • Peer Pressure/Social Rewards:  Many people light up their first cigarette as a way of connecting with others in a group. Cigarettes are an object that people socialize around, laughing, talking and forging or maintaining friendships.  It is important to note here that many people, teens and adults included, feel pressured to smoke, fearing they will not belong to a group and sometimes even being told so directly.
  • Parents:  In terms of smoking, the apple often doesn’t fall far from the tree. When parents smoke, their children are much more likely to become regular smokers during adolescence and adulthood.  Children model the behavior of their parents and smoking is a very easy habit to pick up in this way.
  • Relief and Self-Medication: Many people start smoking as a way to relieve stress or as a distraction from personal problems they may be dealing with: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work issues, and paradoxically even health issues.
  • Weight Loss: Many people believe that smoking is the fast track to weight loss, since cigarettes very often suppress one’s appetite.
  • Advertising: Although the strength of tobacco advertising has diminished in recent years, smoking is still portrayed as a glamorous, daring activity that many people want to try and the advertising media is a powerful tool for perpetuating these beliefs.

Above are the most common reasons why people develop a long-term tobacco habit. But there is a common theme behind all of them.  Each fulfills a psychological or emotional need. Whether it is gaining a sense of belonging, a sense of security or tension relief, or a boost to the ego, people start smoking to strengthen or even fulfill an emotional aspect that is missing from their lives.

Given the psycho-emotional reasons behind smoking, quitting smoking is really about identifying why people start in the first place. One particularly helpful way of doing this is by trying out quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis employs the techniques of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation purposes.  It helps people identify their core smoking issues and then assists them in re-learning and re-shaping their attitudes and emotions towards cigarettes and themselves so that they can give up the deadly habit. People may start smoking to meet a certain need, but they can learn to find fulfillment through healthier avenues with the help of quit smoking hypnosis.

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5 Reasons People Start Smoking was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Maureen

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