Having started smoking as a teenager, Professor Robert West managed to kick the habit while at university, on a girlfriend’s urging.He has gone on to devote his 30-year career to discovering what works when it comes to giving up smoking.West advises how to combine these ingredients into a personalised “formula”. You smoke because the nicotine you have been inhaling for all those years has changed your brain chemistry to create powerful urges to smoke.The urges come about because every puff on a cigarette sends a rapid nicotine hit to the part of your brain that makes you do things, creating an association between the drug and the action.I started smoking to be viewed as intimidating and fashionable by the high school populous.I started smoking to be taken seriously by the grown-ups in my acting class in which I was the only person under 25. Mainly, I started smoking because I wanted to possess the coveted swagger of Kate Moss.I dutifully willed the universe to What was it about that little gamine Brit drenched in dirt that made her look so fierce to my impressionable adolescent eyes?Oh, the cigarette pressed between her long, lithe fingers, naturally. I went from being an unsure, insecure, teenage girl to a sophisticated, jaded, tough chick with a PAST within one lone puff of a cigarette.
A lot of daily smokers report very strong situational cravings."Not all occasional smokers are the same, however.
From the time I was a 13-year-old girl, I knew I was destined to become a smoker.
I was one of those little girls who blissfully gazed at pictures of a waiflike Kate Moss blowing cigarette smoke into the static air from the glossy pages of a fashion magazine.
” a very awkward 10 minutes of standing outside sort of hugging-yourself-while-the-other-person-smokes ensues.
If you smoke, you can partake, instead of just standing there, watching, waiting to go back inside.