It seems that companies are now paying for smoking cessation programs for there workers. I found this interesting as my father returned to smoking after having quit for 10 years. He started for a number of reasons, one of them being finding a "smoking buddy" with my now ex-boyfriend. ("Reason # 103 for asking you to move out, you passively encouraged my father to continue smoking!")
These programs, as described in this NY Times article, often include nicotine patches, drugs to ease withdrawal and phone sessions with counselors.
"Spending as much as $900 or so to give a participant free nicotine patches and drugs to ease withdrawal, as well as phone sessions with smoking addiction counselors, can more than offset [the cost]"
I read that and thought about what a phone session with a smoking cessation counselor might be like.
"Hey! It's your smoking cessation counselor. How is everything??"
"Oh fine. I kind of want a cigarette right now."
"Why do you think you want that cigarette?"
"Well. I think... it's the nicotine addiction."
"And why do you think that?"
"Um. I think there's some fairly substantial scientific research to suggest it."
"And how does that make you feel?"
"It makes me feel like I'd like to have a cigarette."
"Where do you think this dependency comes from? Do you think that it might have something to do with what we discussed last session?"
"You mean the time my dog got hit by a car and my parents told me he ran away because I did not clean my room?"
"I'm not sure how that has anything to do with my..."
"Great. I feel like we've reached a breakthrough here. Same time next week?"