The bad habit is very common in the UAE
According to a 2009 survey which was conducted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), 21.4% of men who live in Dubai are smokers.
How to quit, and remain smoke-free
Many smokers understand that their addiction to cigarettes is often what makes it difficult to quit.
Addiction to smoking includes physical, social, and mental aspects
Smokers may have a better chance of quitting and sticking to their decision if they address all three parts of the chain of addiction
- Cigarettes contain an addictive chemical called nicotine
- Nicotine produces changes in the smoker's brain. As a result, smoking a cigarette decreases a smoker's anxiety level
- Nicotine also stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make smokers feel more awake and alert
- This is the act of smoking cigarettes as part of your daily routine. Many smokers light up at specific times of day such as after finishing a meal
- Smoking may become an automatic behaviour that you might light up without thinking about it
- Smokers may also link emotions such as pleasure or relief with having a cigarette
- Many smokers develop social groups around smoking
- Smoking can also be used as a social icebreaker by asking someone: “Got a light?”
- You might even have a group of friends that you met during smoking breaks at work