If you are reading this, then you must at least have it in your head that it would be a good idea to quit smoking. Maybe you’re thinking of stopping smoking because you want to get pregnant, or to support a pregnant wife. Perhaps you’re tired of waking up with a dreadful cough, and maybe you’ve just decided that enough is enough. Whatever the reason you’ve decided to follow a program to quit smoking, it’s a good one. As long as it works and you can manage to throw off the shackles of addiction, then it was a good reason.
I’ll share a secret with about quitting smoking, the realization of which will perhaps make your quitting smoking efforts easier and more successful.
The secret is this: think of the reasons you smoke. In fact, do better than think of them, write them down. As you do so, you will have no choice but to realize that they don’t make sense. You smoke to relax; you smoke to help you stay awake… which one is it? It can’t be both! I could go on listing possibilities, but I’ll let you do that. The bottom line is that whatever you write, it’ll be a jumble on conflicting reasons and half-baked theories. How do I know this?
Think about it. Smoking is an addiction. It does not get you high, and the only relief and pleasure that cigarettes provide are filling a void created by the absence of cigarettes. In short, smoking cigarettes is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The only reason you are smoking a cigarette right now is because of the one you smoked right before it. And the cigarette you are smoking now is the cause of the one you’ll smoke in an hour, or less.
In short, the only reason you smoke is because… you smoke. You are feeding an addiction and causing it to perpetuate itself. Smoking is a terrible addiction that has killed an untold number of people, and made a very small number of people wealthy beyond imagining.
Once you realize that all the reasons you have for smoking are bogus and self-convincing lies, then stopping smoking is simply a decision to take.