Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smokeout. This tradition was started by the American Cancer Society in 1976 to challenge smokers to stop using tobacco and educate about the many tools they can use to quit and avoid relapsing. To mark this annual tradition, which this year is on Thursday November 20, I would like to discuss some of the paradoxes of smoking and quitting.
2. People say they smoke to relieve stress but recent research (2) finds that those who quit experience less, not more, stress than those who continue to smoke. So an important part of the paradox is that addiction itself is stressful!