It's been three weeks since you've had a smoke and you want to celebrate by having just one cigarette. That cannot be completely bad, can it?
Certainly from a health point of view, just one cigarette in several weeks is lots better than a pack a day.
Nevertheless, the actual risk of having just one cigarette to celebrate your enormous achievement is not a health danger. It is primarily psychological.
Here's why just one cigarette is so dangerous.
In your mind, cigarettes allow you to cope with life. They help you relax, focus, and just feel fine.
You already know that if you can't smoke you start to feel anxious, grow irritable, fatigued and probably your hands begin to tingle. These are nicotine withdrawal symptoms, a definite indicator that you are dependent on cigarettes.
Most of the publicity you've viewed for cigarettes together with the cigarette placements in films or on television have convinced you that cigarettes will relax you and make you feel more alert.
You, as a result, picture cigarettes as the only real approach to restore a sense of wellbeing. A sense of feeling normal again, exactly like a non-smoker.
Cigarettes and the nicotine they supply do make you feel better. So, you think about cigarettes as a treat. You probably have looked forward to any chance to smoke over the course of too many years. You anticipate any time you can get out of your workplace and light up. You anticipate finishing a meal and having a cigarette.
You regard cigarettes as a little bit of pleasure within a world filled with worry and uncertainty.
And, here is the problem with the thought of "just one cigarette." You simply consider the instant of enjoyment you'll obtain while you're smoking. You really have not gotten over smoking yet.
Your attitude needs to change to really kick the habit.
Each cigarette you smoke trains your brain to want increasingly more nicotine to feel normal. The reason you have cravings, feel anxious, tired, get headaches if you don't smoke is due to the preceding cigarette you smoked.
Every cigarette raises and intensifies your cravings for the next cigarette. It is a vicious cycle. You can't get away from it by participating in the cycle.
If you smoke just one cigarette, you are admitting to yourself that a cigarette results in happiness. In fact, the cigarette really produces further addiction.
If you smoke just one, you strengthen your opinion that smoking is the best way to experience a bit of enjoyment. Just the opposite is true. Smoking brings about your withdrawal symptoms and makes them stronger and more enduring.
Further, smoking that one cigarette causes you to admit that they really taste bad, annoy your mouth and throat, and make you smell like a smoker. And, you wonder why you ever got dependent on those things in the first place. And that is the true risk because that is what you thought when you started smoking and became addicted.
So, determine if you are a smoker or a non-smoker.
If you are a smoker, return to smoking a pack every day and stop pretending to quit. If you're a non-smoker, keep in mind that every cigarette upholds your false beliefs, amplifies your cravings and strengthens your withdrawal symptoms further increasing your addiction. There is definitely no positive value in smoking just one more cigarette.
Quit, and stop for good.