People have very short memory, just ask former smokers if quitting smoking was easy and most of them will tell you it wasn't that hard. Here's a fact, quitting smoking is extremely difficult and if you really want to quit smoking, you better have that etched in your brain. So don't be so hard on yourself thinking that you are weak for not being able to quit, it always takes multiple tries for smokers to quit smoking for good.

If you are still with me, I think it's safe to say that you are serious about quitting this time. If you truly want to give up smoking, you first need to write down the reasons to why you want to quit smoking. For example, if you are a parent, one obvious reason would be for the children. Your smoking habit affects your kids emotionally and you affect them health wise as well by inflicting second hand smoking and third hand smoking on them. Many studies have shown that children from a family that one or both parents are active smokers have greater chance of picking up the habit than children from non-smoking homes. These should be enough motivating factors to push you to quit smoking.

However, if you are single, you don't have complete responsibility to a human being like your own child. So how does one find the motivation? There are many ways you can find motivation. For one thing, your love life definitely is affected by your smoking habit.

If you are dating a non-smoker, can you remember the last time your boyfriend or girlfriend did not complain about the smell of your breath? Let me tell you this as a former smoker, I did not know this when I actively smoked, but I know now my breath used to stink. I mean the stench that comes from a smoker's mouth is awful and it's not just that, it's your entire body that smells like a public bathroom.

Once I quit smoking, I started to smell the stench that I hadn't realized I had and they were on my clothes, my car, my house, and on my bed. It took me a long time to get them all washed and only then the stench finally went away and I nose could rest easy again.

Here's the thing though, if you are not dating, your smoking habit might just be what turns off your potential suitors. As you might imagine, non-smoking men and women would rather not date smokers. That reduces your dating pool to about 20 percent of the population the last time I checked and that's rather a big shave off the top.

But you know, if dating isn't your thing for the time being, you might as well do it to start enjoying the activities you can't enjoy as a smoker. When was the last time you saw a serious athlete who smoke? You know, forget professional sports figures. When was the last time you jogged? When was the last time you woke up without a lump of mucus in your throat? Smoking habits inhibit you from enjoying many activities and I could go on all day pointing out more reasons for giving up smoking.

If you really want to quit smoking, find the motivation factor in your life and let it guide you to your ultimate goal. Good luck and stay smoke free this year.