Dr. Russell Greenfield: Let's be honest with ourselves about smoking. There's nothing simple about quitting. You know you need to quit for your health even if you honestly enjoy smoking. But it's hard.
Even when you beat the addiction to nicotine, there are still the behavior changes to be made, like not reaching for a cigarette after every meal or taking a cigarette break at work. And that can be even harder.
Thankfully, there's a lot of help out there if you simply look for it. Start with your healthcare provider who can help you consider the various prescription aids for smoking cessation, and decide which, if any, might be right for you. Counselors are widely available who can support you as you move forward.
You might even explore clinical hypnosis and acupuncture, both of which have shown promise in some studies of smoking cessation.
The bottom line, however, is to be kind to yourself. This is tough stuff. If you don't successfully quit this next time around, it's okay. Forgive yourself and make a commitment to try again soon. Just keep moving towards that goal where you will once again breathe freely and clearly even if it takes more than one or a couple of attempts before you get there. Millions have done it before you. You can do it too.
I'm Dr. Russ. Be well!