This depends on what is meant by "appeasing."
Exercising reasonable restraint like in the Precepts is not appeasing.
Being pragmatic about what is achievable at the stage one is at is not appeasing. It is facing reality as it is.
Generating deeper faith in the Dhamma and stronger commitment, more and more becomes achievable but there is no use in fooling oneself.
Sensual desire is a lot deeper ingrained than smoking which is an acquired habit and can be dropped much more easily.
It has to be dealt with skillfully through insight and using the knowledge of the mind and deep commitment to the Dhamma rather than sledgehammer methods or slogans that do not draw from experience and do not feed into it in a healthy constructive way. These will just increase suffering and desire will be swept under the carpet (because it is judged to be unwholesome) rather than truly left behind. It will then manifest in much more unwholesome and unnatural ways.
Working with desire and with passions rather than browbeating them into submission is the way suggested by great masters of all schools from Ajahn Chah to Suzuki Roshi.
At least so it seems to me.
On the other hand if one is truly ready to leave it behind, then