Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Hard to believe but there are those among us that train by day and smoke by night. Like anything that's an addiction, once started, even though the desire to race quickly is strong, the grip of the addiction often wins. Like many of you, I started smoking in HS. By the time I was a Marine Helicopter instructor in Pensacola, FL smoking was part of my nature at 2-3 packs a day.
However, after getting rejected by 9 medical schools the first year I applied, I made a deal with myself that if I got accepted second time around I'd pay a significant price - stop smoking. From the instant I opened the acceptance letter to the University of Miami School of Medicine so many years ago, I haven't had a cigarette since.
Maybe we just need the right motivation. It's human nature.
Smoking sucks! The one thing I would say to my kid is, 'It's not just that it's bad for you. Do you want to spend the rest of your life fighting a stupid addiction to a stupid thing that doesn't even really give you a good buzz?'