Habitual Aspects of The Smoking Habit
There are many, many habits that develop with the smoking problem and the longer you have smoked, the more deeply entrenched those habits become.
Just the paraphernalia associated with smoking become habitual patterns over time. For example, many smokers have a favorite lighter or ashtray and they carry their cigarettes in a certain pocket or area of their purse.
Many times, in an effort to avoid criticism from friends and family, smokers will seek to smoke in places where they are routinely alone, such as in a car. Over time, the smoker tends to relate smoking with being alone in the car that it is only normal to immediately light up a cigarette whenever they get in a car. (Some smokers tend to think that their car won't start if a cigarette is not first lit up!)
The "go-withs". Over time, smoking a cigarette just "goes with" certain activities, such as outdoor places, sporting events, and places of solitude.
In the beginning, smoking a cigarette is needed after food, caffeine or alcohol. While this starts as a physical, chemical relationship with nicotine, it quickly can develop into a full blown habit. You come to expect the craving to fire up when you eat, so lighting up is a natural thing to do - even though it is not always required for nicotine level satisfaction.
Understand Your Cravings
To quit smoking easily,you will need to develop an understanding of which cravings are a physical need, which you typically cannot control and which are habitual needs that you can learn to control. To attempt to quit smoking without having an understanding of the habits related to smoking, will prove to be very difficult and wrought with problems. It just does not have to be that difficult!