Many smokers try to stop smoking temporarily when they catch a cold. For some reason, smokers feel even worse about smoking when they are sick.
If a smoker catches a cold, this may be a good time to start quitting. Here we will discuss why this might be the case.
Why you feel like cigarettes taste bad when you are sick
Various smokers have mentioned that smoking generally takes on a whole new tone as they feel under the weather. Although their habit urges them to smoke even if they catch a cold, they feel worse than usual when they actually smoke. This leads some to try not to smoke, with different results. In some cases, people feel absolutely terrible.
It turns out that’s not all on your head. Viruses can affect olfactory nerves or cause nasal congestion, which in turn can have a significant impact on the way things taste and smell. If you are healthy, your perception of flavors and smells is relatively normal and you can probably taste the difference in taste and smell between different brands of cigarettes. However, when you catch a cold, the taste of cigarettes changes. To a lot of people, they taste pretty awful.
And in a way the truth is revealed. Originally, tobacco is not tasty. Instead, the additives and nicotine make the brain think cigarettes are “delicious”.
Smoking makes colds worse
Smoking while sick is a great way to make your cold worse. Even so, some people smoke just as heavily as they normally do when they are healthy. When you are out in the weather, smoking can cause the body to recover more slowly and make cold symptoms worse.
It is said that the whole body suffers from chronic oxygen starvation due to the harmful substances in tobacco that are inhaled while smoking, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide. Since nicotine intake can also lower immunity and cause vitamin C deficiency, there is a possibility that smokers can catch colds or tire more easily.
Caught a cold? Good opportunity to quit smoking!
When you catch a cold, you will feel how bad cigarettes are. Because of this, having a cold is an excellent opportunity to quit smoking.
Given that heavy smoking can make you feel like you are during the illness, it may be a better time to quit than when you are healthy. Telling yourself that you will quit smoking while you are sick can be a great way to reinforce that message in your head. You may experience nicotine cravings and other smoking cessation symptoms during the first few days, but these will gradually subside. Focusing on getting well can make the transition period easier. If you successfully quit until you are healthy again, you can be more confident about taking the next step: completing smoking cessation.
When you have a cold, your body feels bad. However, if you keep smoking sick, the worry is that your cold will get worse. Tobacco really offers few, if any, perceived “benefits”, and overwhelmingly many things are lost. Success in quitting smoking can be down to timing. When you are sick, this can be an ideal time to reset your body and get away from cigarettes.