What is important for you to know is, you are not alone."In the United States, an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1 percent) and 21.1 million women (18.3 percent) are smokers." With a statistic like this, it is difficult for those who do not smoke to understand why so many people are still smokers; why so many people light that first cigarette.
In Nicotine Anonymous' 12 Step program, which sprang from the venerable Alcoholics Anonymous program, the first step is admitting to yourself, "I'm powerless over tobacco." Making this admission may seem trivial to you, but for many it is a very significant part of completing the journey to becoming a non-smoker.
By telling smokers that smoking is a personal choice, the tobacco industry has helped to keep its customers in denial about the true extent of their addiction.
There is no doubt that both have a significant impact on our lives after cigarettes, but there are more improvements coming after you stub out that last cigarette. The benefits far outweigh the work it takes to quit smoking.
Ask an ex-smoker about the benefits he or she has experienced since quitting. The sense of inner strength and belief in our ability to accomplish challenging goals grows immeasurably.
Your past failures are not a lesson that you are unable to quit.