So, we've established some irrefutable truths in this journey:
1. 90% to even 100% of smokers, from a cognitive perspective, at some stage don't want to be. That includes those who don't want to quit but wish they had never started.
2. Nicotine has only a minor role to play in the overall battle. If it were ALL about nicotine addiction, we would all have gotten by with no more need than 5-6 cigarettes a day to satisfy our dwindling nicotine reserves, so why 20+ per day.
3. Our logical, conscious thoughts, from our cortex have no trouble accommodating the evidence that smoking is bad for our health, finances & general way of life, though our instincts & intuitive reactions can present an irresistible argument to counter that logic. If you have any doubt, look at the high representation of medical professionals (both physical & mental health) who are slaves to the weed despite their knowledge & professional experiences.
4. Our subconscious has been hard-wired through years of repetition to regard smoking as a panacea for all ills. I'm bored, smoke...I'm sad, smoke...I'm hungry, smoke....I'm depressed, smoke.... I'm anxious or nervous,smoke....etc,etc,etc. What an incredibly versatile cure for all that ails you. How on earth can "never have smoked" folk cope with life?
5. Those simplistic fools (I say that with both envy & admiration) whose strategy for quitting is 1. Stop! 2. Never start again, seem to have the highest rate of permanent abstention.
6. Psychological issues need to be managed but smoking is rather a symptom than cause of these problems. We just need to rewire our brains to develop new pathways to cope with adversity. Pathways that are not destructive & delusional.
7. Instinctive & learned neural pathways to deal with adverse circumstances have been established & reinforced for many, many years of repetition, so it would be naive to presume we can change them in a matter of months,...& it will NEVER happen whilst ever we continue to reinforce them.
8. Those of us who have depression or other psychological issues have a much bigger mountain to climb, but where's the glory in scaling some piddling little hill that everyone else has climbed. The higher the mountain, the more kudos when we succeed. Winners are grinners & I hope every single person who reads this has a huge smile on their dial right now