I suppose it would be better if I refferenced relapse as the issue. And you're right about ease of access and public acceptance. But it's not difficult to score narcotics at all.
Much, much harder than "scoring" cigarettes. Let's just leave it at that.
I would assert that the nicotene itself is the bad guy, far more over social acceptance.
Anyone who has faced the narcotics addiction can clearly see in Karo's statements how for from reality he is. The deal with him trying to get the sanctioning body to let him take something stronger than tylenol cracked me up. That and the bs lie about the fine all brought back some memories, and I suppose those memories are part of my avoidence of relapse....I never broke any laws or placed myself or anyone else in danger for nicotene.
His press release about excuses was definitely ridiculous.
Swp, I've never seen a study claiming that that I felt satisfied with the conditions of. It's easy to look at recidivism rates but there are a lot of other factors which mentioned earlier in this thread.
Tons of people quit smoking each year (in the millions, actually) but because it is so easy to obtain (by in stores with hassle or shame) socially accepted (at worst your health conscious friends will frown and you will have to smoke outside the bar) and easy to maintain for the long-term (a couple decades of heroin addiction is pretty much a death sentence, plenty of people smoke for fifty+ years) that it's really very difficult to quantify which is "harder" to quit.
But, just go to any rehab clinic and compare those there for heroin addiction to a friend who stopped smoking for a while... no contest. the smoker might have the jitters, the heroin addicts are probably rolling around crying in between mitigative drugs.
Hell even alcohol has much more dangerous withdrawals than nicotine. You can die in extreme cases of delerium tremens.