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Why is it hard to quit smoking?

Smoking is so addictive that of those smokers who try to quit, less than 5 percent are successful at any one time. Behavioral associations with smoking such as pairing it with eating or socializing or even with just waking up are the greatest barrier to quitting. The nicotine in cigarettes creates an additional chemical dependence, making smoking cessation both a physical and mental challenge.

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