It’s rare for a smoker to wake up one day and put down cigarettes for good. Smokers usually take smaller steps to become a nonsmoker.
To understand how people quit smoking think about these things:
Most smokers try many times before quitting for good. Every day, week, or month without smoking is a success, not a failure. The more people try, the more they learn about how to quit and the closer they get to their goal.
Smokers can quit even without strong willpower. The real keys to success are finding a strong reason to quit (Motivation) and coming up with ideas on how to beat urges to smoke (Planning).
People often slip (smoke, but get back on track) or relapse (start smoking regularly again). Smoking again is not a sign of weakness. It may just mean that the smoker needs to do more planning.
When people first quit, they still think like smokers. Every day they have to decide whether or not to smoke. Nonsmokers decide once and for all: no smoking, no matter what. When people change their thinking like this they have a better chance of quitting for good.