Before you even think about making it your birthday resolution or your New Year’s resolution that you should quit smoking, here’s a depressing fact for you – any given year, of all the millions around the world who actually try to quit, only three out of every hundred actually succeed. America has 50 million smokers. 35 million of those are trying quit at any given time. Less than a million actually succeed. In other words, if you’re looking for the best way to quit smoking, you have to understand that there are practically none.
As such, as a substance to kick, tobacco is 1000 times more addictive than alcohol and 10 times more addictive than cocaine. All of which isn’t meant to tell you that you need to give up on the very thought of quitting. It’s just to show you how hard you need to try. The best way to quit smoking is to first realize how well you have to steel yourself.
Really! You’re saying. Is steeling yourself really the biggest part of quitting successfully?
Well, if you go by what the American Cancer Society has to say, it really is. It’s a given that it’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done by a long shot. What could be more important than steely resolve when you’re trying to quit? If you’re strong, very motivated, if you’ve really been shown how hard it can be and you’re mentally hyped about dealing with all those challenges, your chances at success rise dramatically.
Of course, there are things you can do that supplement your raw desire to quit. There are drugs that help you quit – drugs like bupropion and varenicline, there are all kinds of nicotine replacement products, there are support groups – all these great methods. Your genes can help, too. If your genes are great at absorbing nicotine, it’s likely that they are great at absorbing drugs like bupropion too.
Just think about it – what is the one thing that helps people stick to their resolve more than anything else? If you go by how things are done in sports, think of how your coach talks a certain way to you to get you to achieve superhuman feats. You’d better believe how a pep talk could really help with your results.
That’s what your friends and your support groups and there for. These days, finding support is much easier than it used to be with the vast array of Internet forums that are available for every need. You’ll find people who really understand what you’re going through. These can help you keep your resolve like nothing else.
See all those big, strong manly men out there? See President Obama? He must be a man of extraordinary resolve and personal strength for all that he’s achieved. And even he finds it hard to quit.
In other words, it isn’t easy to quit just because you happen to have strong willpower. You need strength of resolve of course. But you need help from everywhere in addition.