How long it takes to quit smoking often depends on which method you used to quit.
For some people quitting smoking using the willpower method can potentially lead them into a life-long battle with cigarettes and quitting. Even in the periods when they don't smoke or don't smoke much, the old smoking habits, cravings and addiction could ambush them time and time again.
Often the sad reality of the smoker who thinks "I can stop anytime I want" is that they never really manage to stop smoking entirely and during the periods of smoking less or not at all they might miss smoking and be a bit miserable. Over the years the process of quitting could become quite a marathon of misery.
This is especially sad because had these "willpower" quitting smokers chosen to get just a little help, for example by reading a book like "Stepbac® from Smoking", they could have avoided so much misery. For the smokers who do get a little advice about how to quit, the story can be very different. For them quitting might appear to be a effortless leap over a low hurdle to cross the winning line in style. If you know how to stop, then you will rarely look back and often stay smoke-free forever.
Why is that? Why do some people seem to quit smoking effortlessly and others struggle for a lifetime? The answer might be that some smokers are less addicted to nicotine than others. Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that creates an addiction. Generally heavy smokers are more addicted to nicotine and they need more help to quit smoking.
Light smokers and social smokers who only smoke 1 or 2 cigarettes a day and don't have strong nicotine addiction will find it easier to quit. However, don't be fooled. Social smokers are still smokers and if they want to quit completely, they will come up against the same barriers that heavy smokers do, when trying to quit. Many pregnant women for example who were light smokers, struggle to quit completely in the pregnancy months.
The answer to how long it really takes to quit smoking, is that it is related to the method that you choose to quit. How you choose to quit can make a big difference to how successfully you can stay off the tobacco in future. Like most things in life, quitting smoking is easy - if you know how. Unfortunately most smokers and non-smokers don't know anything about smoking and how cigarettes and nicotine addiction affect your body and mind and so they are quite helpless when it comes to quitting. They don't know how to quit.
They assume that because they were able to start smoking by themselves just by lighting a cigarette, that they can stop by themselves just by putting the cigarette out and not lighting the next one. It's not that simple. Smoking is an addiction - not a choice. If it was a choice - like choosing to go Spain on holiday rather than Greece, then anyone would be able to stop smoking, when they wanted. As most smokers will tell you, then can't choose to stop. Starting smoking was a choice - stopping smoking is not.
So back to the question. How long does it take to quit the smoking habit? If you get some help, like using the simple method in the book Quit smoking book - Stepbac® from Smoking then it will take the few hours that it takes to read the book. The Quit smoking book - Stepbac® from Smoking explains why you started smoking and what the four things are that make you keep smoking. Then it gives you one method to quit smoking. You can even smoke while you read the book. At the end of the book you are invited to smoke your last cigarette and then you will be an non-smoker.