This is quite a common question that lots of people ask. It's a huge concern to most smokers, especially those who have stopped smoking in the past and the cravings have become way too much for them to handle and they end up giving in and go back to smoking again.
In most cases, once a smoker has made the decision to stop smoking (and then started again), they will always wish that they could stop smoking for good. Very rarely does a smoker ever take the decision to say "right, that's it, I'm going to continue to smoke for the rest of my life". However, due to past stop smoking attempts, they find that the cravings have become too much for them to handle and this deters them from setting a quit date and giving it another go.
How many people have you met who have given up smoking and tell you that although they know they will never smoke again, they don't half miss them?
Sadly, there are people out there who feel this way. I would ask any of them what their main reason for stopping smoking was and quite often they will tell you of reasons such as;
1. They didn't want their kids growing up in a smoky environment
2. They've just lost somebody through a smoking related illness and don't want to put their family through the same that they've just been through.
3. Their Doctor or Consultant has told them that they simply have to stop.
4. Their partner / wife / husband doesn't smoke.
The majority of these people have given up for somebody else, or somebody else's reason.
For whatever reason, these people may never smoke again but feel as though that 'longing for a cigarette' feeling is still with them.
Over the past 18 years of helping smokers to stop smoking, I have found that those who stop for their very own reasons, rather than for somebody else's are the ones who seem to never miss them and live a life completely free of smoking.
So what's the best thing to do?
This is one of the few times in your life where it pays to be really selfish (selfish in a positive way) and dig down, deep inside your mind, your heart and think about your own personal reason for wanting to stop. Doing it for your children, or your family or even your pets is a fantastic reason, but if you can do it for yourself then in 5, 10, 20 years time you can still be smoke free and not miss those little white sticks. They've had enough control of your past.
Be in control of yourself and your future and remember "if it's to be, then it's up to me"