Anything we do for more than thirty days becomes habitual, a routine, even a 'comfort zone' and in many cases 'second nature', so for a heavy smoker it's essential to REALLY want to break out of this comfort zone and conditioned pattern of behaviour. Focus is imperative because this is about making some profound lifestyle changes.
It's also important to take one step at a time so as to avoid physical withdrawal symptoms after the body has become so reliant on tobacco. Heavy smokers must recondition their thought processes, changing the physical need and emotional associations around smoking.
The heavy smoker's entrenched behaviour requires a healthier substitute to help ease the transition; there are a wide variety of options available. (See below).
Fear Of Quitting
A chronic fear of stopping smoking shackles the heavy smoker, so it is vital to concentrate on the root cause of that fear. They should start the process of giving up smoking by asking themselves "for what purpose do I smoke?" and "what would happen if I didn't smoke?"
Identifying the reasons for smoking and the core emotions attached to the need to smoke, then reconditioning those behaviours using therapy can assist greatly in breaking a long-standing pattern of behaviour. Identifying behavioural triggers and implementing coping strategies for these scenarios (stress, boredom, anxiety, discontent, apathy etc.) is crucial for success.