23 Quotes About Smoking and Addiction

The Reality of How Addiction Calls the Shots

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None of us start smoking hoping to get addicted, but before long, we're chained to our cigarettes morning, noon and night.  We can't go more than an hour or two without getting fidgety and needing to light up.  It's not what we signed on for, but that is what nicotine addiction delivers.

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Quotes about Addiction

  • Addiction:  When you can give up something any time, as long as it's next Tuesday. ~ Nikki Sixx ~
  • No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions. ~ Patrick Kennedy ~
  • You want to be OK right now, so you trade that for having a good life in the long run. It's a bad trade, but people do it all the time. That's all addiction really is.  It's trading away the future so you can feel OK right now. ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde ~
  • Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up. ~ Anonymous ~
  • What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that's toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay. ~Moby~
  • Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.  ~ Mark Twain ~
  • It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it. ~ Ken Hensley ~
  • Addiction isn't about substance - you aren't addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.~ Susan Cheever ~
  • When you can stop, you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't.  ~ Luke Davies ~
  • Smoking sucks! The one thing I would say to my kid is, 'It's not just that it's bad for you. Do you want to spend the rest of your life fighting a stupid addiction to a stupid thing that doesn't even really give you a good buzz?' ~ Katherine Heigl ~
  • I was just a little buckaroo when they first invited me to Marlboro Country. I loved being a cowboy, and smoking seemed to fit right in with riding, roping and wrangling. But once I got to where the Flavor was, it would take me four decades to find a trail out of Nicotine Canyon. I finally ran out of reasons to smoke...when I ran out of air... ~ John Aaron ~
  • Addiction isn't about using drugs.  It's about what the drug does to your life.  ~ Enock Maregesi ~
  • At first addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain. ~ Frank Tallis ~
  • Addiction is a relationship, a pathological relationship in which... obsession replaces people. ~ Patrick Carnes ~
  • We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime. ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
  • Whether talking about addiction, taxation [on cigarettes] or education [about smoking], there is always at the center of the conversation an essential conundrum: How come we’re selling this deadly stuff anyway? ~ Anna Quindlen ~
  • Addiction is not a fact of life but a description about how we are choosing to live.  ~ Paul Pearsall ~
  • People always come up to me and say that my smoking is bothering them….well it’s killing me! ~ Wendy Liebman ~
  • Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo ~
  • Habits are first cobwebs, then cables. ~ Spanish Proverb ~
  • There was a young lady named Mae
  • Who smoked without stopping all day; As pack followed pack, Her lungs first turned black; Then eventually rotted away. ~ Edward Gorey ~
  • If addiction is primarily obsession and compulsion, then whenever you feel like you don't have a choice, you are in the radar of an addiction.  ~ Sharon Hersh ~
  • What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.  ~ Aristotle ~

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