Quote: Originally Posted by #juan
What I fail to understand is why people still smoke knowing the risks of lung cancer, heart disease etc. I smoked up until about thirty years ago. At one time I smoked over two packs a day. The biggest problem is that our government is hooked on the tax revenue from tobacco.
The problem is that once you're addicted, the option to simply 'make a choice' can be incredibly difficult for some, which holds true for just about any addiction. They say the average number of attempts it takes to quit smoking is around 7 to 10, I think.
But I think you're bang on with one thing, the government is hooked on the tax revenue. Raising prices through increased taxes doesn't help people quit smoking, but they'll act like it does. Makes it look like they're "doing something". And they'll continue to legislate restrictions on where, when, and who can smoke.....yet not really do too much towards actually assisting people in quitting. I don't know about now but at one time it was standard that smoking cessation aids were not covered under any prescription plans. And I realize that not everyone has a private prescription drug plan and would have to pay out of pocket for any cessation aids anyway, but I think it indicates a mindset in society, you know? As if the attitude is, well everyone knows you shouldn't smoke so therefore you should just stop.
And I know this because I've made at least 4 or 5 serious attempts to quit, and I've failed each and every time. I've sought help from medical professionals, and they'll write you a prescription for Zyban or something and send you on your way. You're left to your own devices to figure out a support system and devise a plan, which seems very odd to me. How many other addicts are made to design their own path away from addiction? No wonder it takes 7-10 attempts before success.