Sometimes clients we work with just don’t want to quit smoking. Or they are not yet ready to quit. That’s common and normal. But they always seem to be ready to cut back a bit, mostly for health reasons.
This kind of cutting back or harm reduction makes sense (we’ll write about the harm reduction paradigm in a separate post). It’s a legitimate existential choice. Whether it’s a temporary postponement of abstinence or an open-ended tour in the clouds of smoke, it is but one of the infinite ways of living life on earth. And, as far as we are concerned, if that’s what you consciously choose, that’s as legitimate as anything else. You aren’t a kid; you know what your priorities are, so follow them without looking back, with the dignity of a self-made mind.
If you decided to take the path of harm reduction, either as a short-term mindful-smoking sabbatical (as you gear up for the next attempt at quitting) or an open-ended, long-term harm-reduction commitment, you will have to learn how to get more out of less.
To do so, you’ll have to shift from mindless smoking to mindful smoking. Here are 15 strategies to consider (from Smoke-Free Smoke Break).