Habits Of Smoking Habit

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Every person possesses some type of habit, whether we realize it or not. A habit is a repetitive way of thinking, doing, or acting that is acquired from a previous experience. Most habits are done unconsciously and can be anything from shopping, drinking, and licking your lips, to telling lies, crying, and brushing your teeth. Though habits seem to be embedded in us, it is possible for us to do away with them. This paper will dissect my habit of smoking tobacco. I will discuss how I developed this habit and why I continue to pursue it. Also presented, will be different theories as to why I have this habit and what I can do to change it.

Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits One of the habits that I have developed is smoking cigarettes. My curiosity began when I was fifteen years old. I snuck into the bathroom with one of my dad’s Marlboros and his lighter and attempted to smoke the cigarette. I was unable to do it, so I got rid of the evidence by flushing it down the toilet. I later on started smoking Black & Milds, cigars, in high school. After joining the military, at the age of seventeen, I switched from cigars to cigarettes. I was then smoking Camel Menthols and dipping Snus pouches. A few role models that influenced this behavior were my dad, my dad’s girlfriends, and my grandfather. I would
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The factors are environment, people, and behavior. Referring to this theory, my habit of smoking was persuaded upon me by my peers. I was given opportunities and support to engage in smoking. I was, and still am, being accepted and had no negative reinforcements. Also, as a child and young adult, observational learning played a tremendous role in my personal acceptance of the habit. I was able to see where, how, and by whom it was done, and later start using tobacco as a coping
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