Have you ever gone into an ashtray and smoked one of yours or even another person's burned down cigarette butt because you carelessly ran out of cigarettes?
It's a question I ask at all my clinics. Usually between one half to three quarters of the group has gone for their own butts, and about one quarter has smoked other people's used partially smoked cigarettes. While it may not seem totally disgusting at the time, in retrospect the act often forces the ex-smoker to recognize just what kind of grip nicotine had on him or her at one time to make him or her resort to such a desperate act. It then can serve as a reminder of just how much control cigarettes once exerted on the person and how he or she never wants to be in the grip of nicotine's control again. To avoid ever being controlled by nicotine in the future is as simple as knowing to never take another puff!