Many smokers genuinely believe they can give up any time they like.
Many who believe and say they can give up when they want will have given up in the past – maybe for a few days, maybe for a few weeks. Perhaps they genuinely did find quitting easy – the effects of nicotine withdrawal vary from person to person.
According the latest UK Statistics on Smoking report, prepared by the government, 60 percent of smokers say they would find it difficult to go without smoking for a day – rising to 69 percent for those smoking between ten and 19 cigarettes daily, and as high as 81 percent for those smoking more than 20 a day.
The same survey found that 64 percent of smokers want to give up, while 75 percent have tried to quit at some point in the past. Of those current smokers who managed to quit in the past but relapsed, 22 percent managed to last a week, with only 29 percent lasting more than six months, and just eight percent lasting for more than two years.
The numbers speak for themselves – that’s a lot of frustrated quit attempts, considering that two-thirds of current smokers say they want to give up.