"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times." ― Mark Twain
The other day, I was having an argument with an uncle of mine. Smoking cessation, according to him, was a piece of cake and could be done by anybody, anytime whenever they were willing to do it. The problem is, addiction ensures you are never willing to go ahead with quitting smoking unless of course, some miracle happens.
The trouble is that most smokers don't realize that they are addicted until they make at least one serious attempt to quit smoking. That's when they realize that it's probably out of their hands now. No worries. Quitting smoking is a do-able job and you or anybody for that matter, with a bit of determination and willingness can achieve it.
1) Realize that smoking is detrimental to health and lowers life expectancy. It can lead to a variety of health problems that you never anticipated. And yes, not everybody gets lung cancer due to smoking but remember that you could be the one.
2) Smoking is no longer considered socially acceptable. It can lead to loss of friendships and relationships.
3) It can make you feel under confident and damage your self-esteem. Something that you started to give a boost to your assertiveness can actually put you into reverse gear.
4) Yes I know that you think it lowers your stress levels. But there are far better ways to lower stress than smoking. Imagine the stress levels you'll face when you hear that you've got a life-threatening heart or lung condition. Try exercising for a change. You'll feel the difference.