The amount smoked may not be an accurate predictor of how hard or how easy it is to quit.

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August 4th, 2012, 3:17 pm #1

[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]The duration or amount that an individual smokes is not an accurate predictor of how easy or hard a quit may be. I often saw the shorter term or lighter smokers have a harder time than the longest term or heaviest smokers in my groups. The string[/font]Every quit is different[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]discusses how it really is impossible to predict what any individual quitting experience will be like. One of the issues I believe is a factor with younger and, more significantly, lighter smokers is that they often have a higher percentage of "good" cigarettes, basically because they have fewer rotten cigarettes and, often, they have not began to experience some of the more dramatic problems that longer-term smokers often have. See the string[/font]The Fallacy of "Good Cigarettes[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF].[/font][font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]

[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]This sometimes makes it a harder psychological problem in quitting for they don't have as much solid first hand ammunition to aim at the urges and thoughts they may encounter when quitting. They do however have the real advantage of quitting at a time where they have caused the least damage. When people smoke for decades they often have some levels of impairment that may cause them some difficulties and limitations that can affect them over their lifetime even after quitting. Yes, they are better than they would be if they hadn't quit but they still may face limitations that they wouldn't have had if they had never smoked or quit a lot earlier. Younger quitters may very well go on to be able to do things over their lifetimes with minimal or even negligible problems, so they really have the best deal going. Younger smokers may look at the longer term smoker with a certain level of envy thinking that it should be easier for them because they really seem sick and tired of smoking. The longer-term smokers will often envy the younger quitters, wishing they had quit when they were that age. Both sides may be envious of the other but the younger quitters are really in the more enviable position.[/font]

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