One of the ways that smoking hooks us into becoming addicts is by providing immediate gratification.
It doesn’t take more than a puff or two to feel the effects of nicotine. I’m not going into details – it will just set me up for a craving I don’t need.
All the negative effects of smoking don’t start making an appearance until later. The coughing, the wheezing – even the realization that you are addicted, takes a while to materialize.
There is no immediate gratification when quitting. In fact, there is just the opposite. The coughing might actually get worse. The withdrawal is worse. The only thing I noticed immediately was the smell.
Quitting smoking is playing a long game. I have to think about how I want my life to be weeks and months from now and not focus on the temporary discomfort. I hate it, but I’m still here.