Back in the good ole 1770's it was believed by the Humane Society that a drowned person could have been resuscitated by inserting a lit pipe into the victims rectum, then blowing on the embers and giving what mounted to a nicotine enema. The thought being that nicotine is a stimulant and would spark a person back to life.
There were obviously cases in which this is exactly what happened. So pipe resuscitation kits were available at points along the Thames river. By the 1820's it was established that this practice did not work and it was suspected that inserting a pipe into a drowned person was in itself enough to bring some back to life!
Cigarettes were even promoted as being good for your lungs. In the 1930's a famous brand promoted that 20,169 Doctors say their brand is less irritating and your throat is protected against cough.
A dentist was featured recommend another brand, in 1964 some 62 years after the first research surfaced on the risk of cancer and smoking a major brand was a sponsor of the US Presidential elections.
From the early twenty century through to the 1950's doctors were prescribed cigarettes to patients of a nervous disposition. This included children; I have seen a number of older clients who were given cigarettes as a way to modify their behavior by the family doctor.
Fortunately by the 1960's this practice stopped and by the 1970's it was proven that nicotine causes anxiety and not relaxation.
But here we are in 2015. There is no doubt at all about the harm cigarettes cause, yet about 20% of the population still smokers. Some young some old, some pregnant, some sick, some who are fitness fanatics and some who live an other toxin free existence.
It's not a lack of knowledge, everyone knows smoking is deadly.
It's not a lack of social pressure, most people are badgered by family and friends.
It's not about economics, cigarettes in Australia cost the average smoker about $ 120 per week, yet they still find the money.
It's not about intelligence, most smoking clients I've seen are bright people.
It's no longer about convenience, most smokers have to walk a reasonable distance from their place of work to smoke.
So what then? It's about unconscious resistance, keeping all the triggers alive no matter how much you want to quit. This is the domain of hypnosis, the best and only way to get rid of those long held triggers for ever.