“That’s it! The price of a pack of twenty has risen beyond my limit. I’m quitting!” Said Uncle Jim, stubbing out his last cigarette. He hasn’t smoked a single one since that day.
At least that’s the story I heard from my mother many years ago. I have no idea if Uncle Jim struggled to quit, or if perhaps his story is just as simple as it sounds. I have heard other people telling me similar stories about members of their own family, or members of their friends families. It seems that there are many people who know or have heard of Uncle Jim, Aunt Jane, and Granddad Alfred, among others. These relatives might not have all quit due to the expense, but as far as the story goes they all made a spur of the moment decision to quit smoking and lived happily ever after.
I would like to believe that there are people like Uncle Jim, who have so much resolve that they can quit smoking just like that. It’s not so much that I’m a skeptic as the fact that I don’t really find it relevant. Our non-smoking parents, friends and family may find it extremely relevant, because to them Uncle Jim is a role-model. They might not say it directly to your face, but they’re secretly thinking “If Uncle Jim can do it, then why can’t you?”
If only they understood that a) smokers are individuals with different reasons for smoking and different reasons for wanting to quit, b) not everybody has the same experience when attempting to quit, and c) how much do they really know about Uncle Jim’s claims anyway?
If you’re attempting to quit smoking, the best way to go about it is to inform yourself of your options, learn about expectations, understand typical experiences, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Once you have done that, then you can make a solid individualized plan that suits your style and gives you the best chance for success.
I don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits-all solution, unless of course you’re Uncle Jim, Aunt Jane, Granddad Alfred or any of the others who quit smoking without a second thought. Most of us need a bit more than that, which is why I set out to share my knowledge of quitting smoking, based on my own experience and that of many other individuals.