Dear Lotus-oh how I love this thread. Would that I had the patience of Joel with current smokers. . .lately I feel an urge to walk up to them and say words to the effect of:
"Do you know that what you are doing right now is so bad for you it could cause you to die painfully within the next few years?"
"Do you know that all of the fear you have of quitting is much, much bigger than the actual event will end up being? And that all of the denial you are putting into the act of smoking that cigarette will be much, much smaller than the pain you have an excellent chance of going through later, when your health fails?"
"whyquit.com!! Joel Spitzer!! It's all there, just take a couple of hours and you'll see! It won't cost you anything and could help you save thousands of dollars and probably your life!"
The last time I quit the only way I could survive the trigger of watching others smoke was to think of them as really stupid people. I don't think smokers look stupid, anymore. I think they look tragic. Not stupid, because an addiction can happen to anybody. But tragic, because anybody can kick an addiction.
However, the smokers I know who try to quit but refuse to understand how to actually make that happen. . .now that just makes me crazy. And yet they look at me as if I'm nuts when I am so impatient/intolerant about their relapses!
I guess the only person I really have to be impatient/intolerant about relapsing is
1 month 5 days
Thanks for bringing this up for me, Lotus. Right on!