When Alex started smoking, his family disapproved, as he knew they would. His mother lectured him about his health, of course, but her curiosity dominated the conversation. “So why did you start?” she wanted to know. Although his apartment mate had convinced him to try it, Alex opted to keep his explanation simple. “I enjoy it,” he told his mother. “It helps me relax.”
“I only smoke occasionally,” Alex told his mother. He knew she was a health nut, and he wanted to reassure her, “Don’t worry. I’m not addicted. I can stop any time I want to.” If you read Part 1 of this series (and even if you didn’t read it), you know it makes sense to stop smoking in order to avoid damaging your body and your life. Maybe, like Alex, you planned on quitting after awhile. And yet, you haven’t stopped. Maybe you’ve tried but found it too difficult.