In AA and other recovery programs, willpower is an unreliable tool for abstinence. Effortful self-regulation can and does fail us, and such failures can leave us vulnerable to impatient decision making. A better alternative can be seen in another practice well known in the rooms of recovery -- the gratitude list.
Thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings and engaging in detailed planning don't sound as fun as advice like "Follow your passion!" or "Stay positive!" But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective -- which, as it happens, is exactly what you'll be if you use them.
E-cigarettes made a big splash recently, with celebrities smoking them on talk shows and companies ramping up their production to rake in profits before the FDA comes in and regulates them. The tag line is that it is better to use an e-cigarette than smoke the real thing. But do they really help people quit?