Why Do Women Smoke?

 

In order to quit smoking successfully, you have to think about the reason(s) why you smoke. This will help you decide on which quitting strategy is best for you.

In general, women smoke because of the following reasons:
bulletSmoking is an act of rebellion against social  pressures to be feminine, perfect, and nice.
bulletSmoking is seen as a way to gain independence from parents.
bulletSmoking is viewed as a way to make friends and be accepted by peers.
bulletGirls and women continue to smoke to stay slim.
bulletWomen smoke as a way to relax and relieve stress.

-Health Canada-Smoking Prevention

According to the American Cancer Society, smokers may also say any of the following:
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"I smoke in order to keep from slowing down."

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"Handling a cigarette is part of the enjoyment of smoking it."

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"I light up when I feel angry about something."

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"I smoke without being aware that I'm smoking."

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"I smoke to perk myself."

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"I get a great pleasure out of smoking."

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"I'm very aware of when I'm not smoking."

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"I like watching the smoke when I exhale."

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"I want a cigarette the most when I feel relaxed."

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"I get a gnawing hunger for a cigarette if I haven't smoked in a while."

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"I find a cigarette in my mouth I don't even remember putting there."

 

             

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