"...That is when you need to act wisely and give up the smoking
gradually. and while doing so there are many milder alternatives that can help
you out with it."
That never worked for me or any of my friends who have quit. I tried
"gradual" and all it did was to keep me smoking. I quit cold
turkey once for six months, then just one got me back to my two and a half pack
a day routine. I finally quit 43 years ago after more than 20 years with
the 2+ pack a day habit - the day that man walked on the moon. Open pack
in my pocket and 3 or 4 fresh packs in a carton. I figured if us humans
could walk on the moon then I could quit smoking. I also at that moment
recognized that I was truly addicted and that I could never pick up "just
one" without total failure - which is true. With that ringing in my
head I knew that if I made it a year I'd have it beat, and I did. Dr. Dean
Edell says that quitting smoking is more difficult than quitting a heroin
addiction. I also took up jogging after quitting - had tried to do that
before and as a smoker it was a lost cause.
I never, ever, bash smokers because only former smokers really know what they
are dealing with. Yup, like all other habits and/or illnesses out there,
there are always someone out there wishing to stick their nose in other peoples
problems and my only suggestion to them is to keep your nose out because you
have no idea what other people are facing.
I lost a lung lobe to cancer 3+ years ago and will go in and have a
tumor/lobe removed on the other side in a couple of weeks. Statistics and
illnesses can't really deter smokers but I guarantee you that it does leave
permanent damage or open pathways for things like cancer.