The leading preventable cause of death in the United States, smoking shows no signs of slowing down. Tobacco causes death on a global scale; what’s worse, every single one of these deaths was avoidable.

Add to this the fact that smoking can lead to the development of serious diseases such as cancer, and you have some very compelling reasons to quit.

Then why is it so hard?

Smoking is on the Rise During the Pandemic

If smoking being addictive wasn’t bad enough, there’s more around the corner to make you despair.

Ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, smoking seems to be on the rise.

Smoking is on the Rise During the Pandemic

If you too feel like the best way to cope with these troubling times is by picking up a cigarette, know this: smokers are 14 times more likely to catch the deadly virus. The coronavirus affects the respiratory tract—and smoking makes your respiratory tract weaker. If you’re a smoker, you’re immensely more vulnerable to this existential threat.

In light of this, it seems preposterous that people won’t give up smoking, since it can send you toward an early death during this pandemic. But on the contrary, news reports show that tobacco sales are on the rise.

The reason is simple enough: it isn’t that people aren’t trying to give up smoking. They are—but it isn’t easy.

Why is it So Difficult to Quit Smoking?

To understand why smoking is so hard to quit, you need to understand how nicotine affects your body. For instance, did you know that nicotine is harder to quit than heroin? And it’s also justas addictive.

The physiological changes that nicotine elicits are similar to cocaine addiction. Like any addictive drug, nicotine consumption releases dopamine in your system. Dopamine is your pleasure hormone—it makes you feel good. When you stop smoking, dopamine release stops as well. And it makes you feel wretched.

As a result, stopping nicotine intake once you have become addicted makes you crave it even more. You have difficulty concentrating. You feel like everything will be alright once you have a smoke—but it never is. It never stops—until you make yourself stop.

Is There No Way of Quitting Smoking?

Giving up smoking is a hard nut to crack. Many before you have tried and failed. You aren’t alone.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t help. Rena Greenberg, who has been featured on several major media outlets, is a leading expert on smoking cessation programs in Bradenton and Sarasota. The private hypnosis sessions she offers have helped many smokers quit their harmful addiction and start living a healthier, happier life.

You too can achieve this. Self-hypnosis and hypnosis has the power to convince you by focusing on the power of the heart, mind, and spirit. It will take you on a journey of self-discovery, and you won’t regret it. Rena Greenberg’s has helped many others, and she can help you too—so reach out today.