The most popular reason most people give for not quitting smoking is that it is too difficult. When asked the question, most people that give this answer have already tried quitting smoking cigarettes, usually without proper planning, support and motivation, and have understandably fallen back into their own habits, sometimes almost immediately. If you can not go a whole morning without a cigarette, if depriving yourself of nicotine for a whole five hours is enough to break your resolve, then you have not planned this out very well.
The difficulty in quitting smoking is extremely relative. Consider the pack-a-day cigarette smoker. He smokes between 20 and 25 cigarettes a day; assuming he sleeps for 8 hours each night, he will smoke a cigarette at a minimum of every 48 minutes during the whole day.
Now he sleeps 8 hours a night, and his cravings, which leave him foaming at the mouth during the day if he doesn’t have a cigarette, are not even enough to wake him up from his slumber! I’m not saying this do diminish the importance of your cravings and what makes stopping smoking difficult, I’m just saying that everything is relative.
We are programmed, from the moment we are old enough to understand a sentence, that it is difficult to quit smoking. If you empty your head and think about smoking, the first thing that’s going to pop into your head is “it’s bad for you” and the second one is almost certainly “it’s difficult to stop.”
If you believe that stopping smoking is difficult, then you better believe that it will be! If you manage to convince yourself that it’s only a matter of ignoring the cravings, in the confident – and true – belief that they will eventually go away, then suddenly quitting smoking is not so difficult anymore.