4. In the past year, was there a day you didn't smoke at all—not even a puff?

If you answered "yes," think about how you did it and how you then went back to smoking. Try to learn from what worked and what didn't.

If you answered "no"—if you haven't had a day without smoking in the last year, or for many years—don't despair. The movie in your head about how impossible breaking free from smoking will be probably is greatly exaggerated. Usually, especially with proper use of medicines and a good behavioral plan, reality is much better than the scary movie in your head. Remember, it's possible to break free of smoking...some people just have to put in a higher level of effort than others. This may not seem fair, but some people have to work harder at this to feel normal afterward. The guidance provided by this program is designed to help make this journey as successful as possible with the least number of unnecessary detours. Think of the program as a guide who has been on this journey before and whose job it is to help you avoid the pitfalls and dead ends along the path to success.

5. Do you continue to smoke despite having a tobacco-caused medical problem like bronchitis or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)?

If you answered "yes," consider that smokers are well aware of the medical problems associated with smoking. After all, they are listed on every pack they smoke. Even when told it is a matter of life and death, many continue to smoke after having a heart attack, lung surgery or oral cancer removed.

This behavior mystifies their loved ones and even leaves the smoker bewildered, yet this is a hallmark of addiction and distinguishes it from "bad habits," which also involve automatic behavior. The difference is that bad habits don't cause real and serious life consequences, however annoying they may be to those around us. Other consequences from smoking might include losing out on dating opportunities, upsetting relatives or frightening your young children.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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