A cigarette is an adult pacifier, a binkie--but at least a baby knows it. Nope. Neither knows it.
Both can only grow out of it with help. Help they don't want because it hurts.
It stunts their growth to have it. Their emotional growth, not physical.
Adults don't realize that God wants to kindly pull it out of their mouths.
If one doesn't believe in God, they need to listen to the observations repeated by good friends and strangers.
Friends say it nicely. Strangers give the news harshly.
Blessed are those
with good friends.
Gentle honest friends.
Replace "a cigarette" with "an emotionally comforting unhealthy behavior" and you can't judge the smokers.