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Can’t Stop Smoking

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Q: I am so sick of everyone telling me to stop smoking! I’ve tried. I’ve been smoking two packs a day for at least a year. Even if I didn’t crave the nicotine, it’s just too much of a habit for me to break. I tried a program my company paid for. I managed a whole week while I was at work. But on the weekend, while I was home alone, I just kept grabbing cigarettes without even thinking. I tried to stop myself but by the time the weekend was over, I had smoked a whole pack. So maybe you should start telling people to mind their own business! We smokers know it’s not good for us. We just can’t do anything about it.

A: People who care about you are always going to be encouraging you to live a healthier life. After all, they love you and want you around for a while. And you can do something about it! You are seeing yourself as a failure when, in fact, you were improving. You tell me you smoked two packs a day for almost a year. All week, you smoked nothing. And then, on the weekend, when you did smoke, you only smoked one pack. That’s three packs better than you had been doing before you started the program. Everything you do in life takes practice to get it right. Those Olympic swimmers didn’t just jump in the water and start swimming. It took practice to get it right. They were slow at first but they kept on pushing. You do the same thing with that smoking habit. Just keep on practicing until you get it right.