I had a neighbor who was 80 years old who had quit smoking many years earlier. When I asked him how he did it, he said he just decided to not smoke anymore and that he didn't have any withdrawal symptoms or side effects either. As our conversation continued, it turned out that for many days prior to him quitting, he kept picturing himself as a non smoker. He pictured his home as one without ash trays or lighters. He wasn't sick of his house or his clothes or his breath stinking like a filthy ash tray. He couldn't care less about how cigarettes affected his health and the health of others around him. He didn't want to hear anything about statistics. He said he just couldn't see himself holding a cigarette or smoking one anymore.