It is both!
Both traits do affect everybody differently, but both do get a hold on everybody who does smoke.
What is addiction?
Addiction is when the body or mind wants or needs something in order to work right
Smoking tobacco which does contain nicotine is addictive. Nicotine has been proven to be the third most addictive chemical known – coming only third to heroin and cocaine.
Upon inhaling the nicotine reaches your brain in under ten seconds and causes addictive effects. This level of reaction depends on your personal response to nicotine.
Nicotine is a stimulant that arouses you feel good momentarily. It enters your bloodstream causing a boost in energy levels which are short lived. Similar to sugar you have an initial hit followed by a crash. How do you return to that temporary feel good? You have another cigarette! Addicted!
What is a Habit?
A habit is an acquired behavior repeated over and over until it has become involuntary- we do not sometimes realize we are doing it.
Every single action thought or moment you do every day is a form of habit. Some good, some not so good.
If you do not choose to consciously decide and be aware of your actions and outcomes then your thought process will choose for you.
It will enter default mode and take the path of least resistance and conduct the habit it is used to! For example- light a cigarette. So, if you do not make a conscious effort and decision you will default to habit mode.
Putting an intense addictive chemical – nicotine into your bloodstream and not being aware and conscious of your actions, you are now the conductor of an addictive habit!
When quitting cigarettes or any nicotine product it is important to understand both traits and how they affect you. To be successful in quitting, it is important to understand how to combat the nicotine addiction – what to expect and overcome the detox and what physical changes to expect.
Understand how you will replace your past habit with a new habit that is fun and your future self shall thank you for!
It is not as difficult as you may try to convince yourself.