When we quit smoking, our minds begin rationalizing almost immediately about why we should have waited to quit....or why we should buy a pack and start again tomorrow....or why we should have just one cigarette. This is called junkie thinking, or rationalizing smoking. It is something that virtually all ex-smokers experience early on in smoking cessation, because it is a side effect of nicotine addiction.
Let's take a look at some of the more common excuses our minds conjure up and what we can do to overcome this phase of quitting tobacco so that we can move on to the freedom from addiction we're all looking for.
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