Firstly, cigarettes contain additives that are themselves addictive. Those additives are the source of 'brand loyalty' - the reason why a particular person prefers a particular brand of cigarette and will buy that brand rather than any other regardless of price.
Secondly, smoking is a habit that attaches itself readily to other habits or daily rituals - mid-morning coffee, a drink in the evening, the regular Friday telephone call home to parents, the weekly manicure, all become associated with smoking, and seem incomplete or unsatisfactory without a cigarette.
Both of these factors can be made to work in favour of the person who really wants to stop smoking.
- Cigarettes that are not the right' brand are unsatisfactory to a smoker, because whilst all cigarettes have additives, they don't have the same additives in every case. Changing brands every day - even if means throwing away unsmoked cigarettes - means that smoking itself becomes unsatisfactory, so that the desire to smoke tapers off.
- Changing the habits or weekly rituals that have become 'cigarette vehicles' - or designating various rooms of the house no smoking zones - eventually detaches the habit from the habit, as it were, so that smoking ceases to be part of that particular activity.
Nicorette works well - but it will work a whole lot better if it gets some help from you!
Emily - http://www.therapypartnership.com/