Few people who take up smoking are glad they did after five or ten years. Most of us started the habit and then got hooked when we found out that it made us feel better. But then, when we tried to give up, we lost that important crutch that made life a little easier.

Now, though, thanks to the evidence that it’s not good for the people around us and us, we’re desperate to give up. In the past, this would have been a monumental undertaking. But now, thanks to some significant changes in our environment, giving up have never been easier. Here’s why.

Alternatives

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Right now something rather exciting is happening. Somehow, entrepreneurs across the planet have come up with a technology that does everything we want cigarettes to do and more. At the same time, it doesn’t have the same negative impact on our health.

I’m, of course, talking about e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes mean that we can ditch the smoking habit, but don’t have to go through the painful symptoms of withdrawal. We can continue to smoke as we did but without having to worry about the effect it’s having on our loved ones and us. It’s a sort of miracle of the modern world and certainly wasn’t predicted or pursued by the public health establishment. In fact, it has been widely opposed.

Now the evidence is in, and it’s become clear, at least in the UK, that vaping is our best weapon against smoking.

What’s more, smokers can now enjoy a range of flavours that they couldn’t before. Different types of e-liquid, from iced mint to banana split are available. And they’re proving to be a big draw.

Support

There’s now more support than ever before for quitting smoking. In the UK millions of people have used the NHS Smokefree programme designed to help them kick the habit.

The NHS proudly claim that you’re four times more likely to quit with their Stop Smoking Service. What’s more, it’s free and there’s almost certainly one close to you.

The Stop Smoking Service has trained counsellors who are on hand to support you. They offer support on a one-to-one basis or in a group. It’s a form of talk therapy in a sense. And many people find that by sharing their experiences of smoking they’re able to delve a little deeper into why they started smoking.

What’s more, Stop Smoking Services will usually dole out things like nicotine replacements patches and gum for free.

Social Pressure

Back in the 1960s, something like 45 percent of the adult population smoked. That’s come down to under 20 percent today. And that shift has arrived with a change in attitudes. Most people now accept that smoking is entirely dangerous for one’s health. And now people value their health and other peoples’ far more than they did in the past.

It means that smoking is becoming less and less socially acceptable. You can no longer smoke in bars, restaurants or at work. And so being a smoker has become increasingly inconvenient.