The BBC are currently showing a video that compares smoking and vaping. In this video, Public Health England (PHE), offers the following advice to smokers:
“The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. But don’t try and do it on your own. We ask people to search ‘SmokeFree’ and get some help, so they can be more successful in quitting smoking.”
Like most people, I’m all in favour of eradicating smoking but I’m not sure I agree with the advice. Why? Simply because the advice offered doesn’t match my own experience.
Like most ex-smokers, I gave up loads of times. I tried patches, smoking a pipe instead of cigarettes, cigars instead of cigarettes, patches, chewing gum, you name it. But nothing worked.
But then, on 12 August 1985, at 12:15, something wonderful happened. I stubbed out a cigarette and said to myself “Let’s see how long I can last until my next one.” I’ve never touched a cigarette since.
The technique that worked for me was going cold turkey. I took strength from being able to deny the craving. But I completely accept that this was my way of quitting and it doesn’t work for everybody. Other smokers use different ways to achieve the same end. My mother, for example, simply kept reducing the amount she smoked until she didn’t need them any more. My son-in-law quit by replacing cigarettes with vaping and then giving up vaping.
So, while I agree with the thrust of PHE’s campaign to get people to stop smoking, my advice would be different. How about:
“There is no silver bullet. There is no ‘one-way’. Quit smoking, in whatever way works for you.”
This is the exact same advice we, at Agile In Audit, offer to clients that would like to adopt agile ways of working. Simply change the phrase ‘quit smoking’ to ‘adopt agility’ and the advice remains solid.
We hope you’ll want to benefit from agility. If you’d like to do that on your own, that’s great. There are a lot of references to help you. If you’d like some help while you do it, avoiding the obstacles while you do so, then we’re here for you. We’ll help you to find your way.