Actually, I didn't. My dad called me from california and for whatever reason he and my mother had a bug up their ass to try to get me to quit.
Anyway, my dad called, said he'd pay for it, gave me the guy's website and phone number. My dad asked me if I'd at least talk to him. Told him I could basically care less whether I was a smoker or non-smoker (told the hypno guy the same thing). Called him, talked to him for about 45 minutes, Decided I liked him, set an appointment for 2 weeks later.
2 Weeks later I went in before band practice, walked out, went to band practice where there are 8 people (4 guys, 3 chicks) smoking like there is no tomorrow. I wasn't even tempted. I was entirely indifferent.
Das Bruce wrote:
I think it's a bit excessive to assume all non smokers don't know what it's like to deal with addiction.
Smoking addiction is unlike anything else. It isn't like drugs or alcohol. Not even in the same realm really. As stated in that book that I recommended, you have to try REALLY hard to get to the point to where you like cigarettes. Think about it. It's not like you take one puff and are like hmm, this seems like a great idea!
Smokers train themselves to think differently, so when a non-smoker comes up talking shit and not knowing wtf they are talking about, the immediate reaction is to punch them in the face. To this day, when i'm around non-smokers that start talking about it, even though I am no longer a smoker, I have to mentally restrain myself from saying anything, because the ignorance is insulting.
Take it from me, smoking addiction is unlike any other form of addiction in existence. Moreover, the addiction itself and how you become addicted in the first place is insidious. I could write a book on it.
Let me leave you with a final thought... Name an addiction that isn't based upon pleasure (don't count smoking).
Drinking, pleasure (it takes the pain away).
The list goes on and on. There is nothing pleasurable about smoking initially. You have to train yourself to enjoy it. And that fact, is why it is some impossibly hard to quit on your own without help (and nicotine supplements are a racket, just like tobacco is.
It should interest you to note that nicotine leaves your system within about 49 minutes or so (which is why you get the urge to smoke another 1hr -3 or 4hrs after your last ... or in my case, after 10 or 20 minutes)). A nicotine addiction is gone after roughly 48 - 72 hours and the effects of nicotine withdrawl even in extremely heavy smokers is very mild (resulting in a light headache sometimes). Nicotine is also a natural laxative (which is why anytime I smoked a Marlboro #52 I about shit myself (that actually almost happened once, totally not lying). Those things have shittons of nicotine in them. Nicotine is also not harmful to your body in any way.
Nicotine has very little to do with the addiction to smoking. The addiction runs far deeper than any chemical. Non-smokers base their "logic" upon the idea that it is a chemical addiction, and this is why non-smoking campaigns fail and why non-smokers are idiots when it comes to talking to smokers.
I defy any smoker here to disagree with me.