villkorkarma wrote:the important thing here is why should we stop?
Here's an interesting experiment to try:
Next time you want to use it, hold off. Pay full attention to what it feels like to want it and not have it. Ask yourself if the feeling is pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant. Take the time to get used to how it feels to want it and not have it. Then, think about how that feeling repeats because of using it in the past and that the feeling is made stronger and made to repeat more frequently by indulging the desire. Ask yourself if you want your happiness to depend on this external thing that harms your health, costs money, and may not be available at various times during your life. Look at the experience while you're using it and ask how much happiness you get from it, whether that happiness lasts very long or whether it contributes to your long term welfare and happiness.
This is basically really paying attention to the full cycle of the activity rather than just the most enjoyable part, and honestly asking the questions from MN 135
MN 135: Cula-kammavibhanga Sutta wrote:What, having been done by me, will be for my long-term harm & suffering? Or what, having been done by me, will be for my long-term welfare & happiness?