The pills, the patch, nicotine gum, hypnotherapy, and electronic cigarettes all have popular names, but most will fail the smoker who doesn’t understand the one aspect they all have in common, which reveals exactly what they are all lacking. Research reveals there are multiple reasons why people smoke, but even more reasons why they can’t quit, and those reasons extend far beyond the nicotine addiction.
Exploring and trying out options for quitting smoking can be overwhelming and turn out to be very expensive and frustrating. The greatest myth about smoking is that if you break the nicotine addiction, you can quit. But the nicotine addiction is broken in 3 to 4 days, so why is it that 95% of smokers who quit “cold turkey” return to smoking within 6 months? On top of it all, none of the programs mentioned above properly address the nicotine addiction in the first place, so the “weaning process” is severely flawed from the start, setting up the smoker for failure.
Before tobacco was polluted with somewhere between 1,000 and 4,000 chemicals, anyone could quit the habit, even cold turkey without help, but because today’s premium brands have juiced up the nicotine so high, it seems to take a small miracle to cure someone of smoking. (http://www.keepitsacred.org/network/index.php?option=com_content&view…)
In fact, the majority of smokers light up just to feel normal, and catch a little bit of stimulation or relaxation; however, even after quitting a smoker’s organs and central nervous system remain poisoned from the chemicals for up to 12 months. This sickened state is what drives smokers back looking for relief, not the “nicotine addiction.” (http://medicolegal.tripod.com/preventbraindamage.htm)
The history of commercial tobacco production in the United States dates back to the 17th century when the first commercial crop was planted. But why do the chemicals in cigarettes have so much more to do with the smoking addiction than nicotine?
Just about anyone who has had “too much to drink” knows about the alcohol hangover, where you have an excruciating headache and your body does NOT want you to do anything that requires energy. The first thing you do when you wake up with a hangover is reach for some water and pain reliever. Millions of smokers worldwide have “found themselves” in a similar, vicious cycle where they pollute their body with 4,000 chemicals, and then wait about 30 to 45 minutes for the hangover to kick in, at which time they go outside and take a “nicotine” aspirin, which means lighting up some commercial-rolled GMO tobacco chock full of ammonia, bleach, pesticide, insecticide, herbicide and carpet glue (“firesafe”), and inhale, hold, then exhale about a dozen times.
Since the cigarette manufacturing “chem-labs” began using ammonia, the nicotine hits the brain and heart within 3 seconds, and the smoker’s dopamine levels go up rapidly, providing feelings of elation, relaxation, or pep, depending on the length of the drag (inhale). This immediate relief from the CNS hangover (central nervous system hangover) is almost a must for the pack-a-day smoker to function on a reasonable level. Otherwise, the effect commercial cigarettes have on the body can devastate the average smoker, robbing him or her of natural will, positive emotions, and overall health.
Most people who smoke at least a pack of cigarettes per day have tried to quit at some point in their smoking “career,” but unfortunately returned to smoking, mainly because quitting involves combining several strategies and behavioral modifications, it’s not just about the nicotine. In fact, smokers create several habits, rituals, and behaviors that they take for granted and fail to replace when trying to quit. That is why quitting cold turkey without help sends 95% of ex-smokers back to cigarettes within 6 months.
Most quitting methods, like the pills, the patch, and nicotine gum address only nicotine, but behavior modification is the only way to ensure permanent cessation.
(1) Breathing pattern: Smokers take between 9 and 14 drags off one cigarette. If you smoke a pack a day (about 20 cigarettes), that means you are inhaling, holding, and exhaling over 200 times a day in a particular way (two packs a day = 400). Although the smoke contains over 700 toxins, the breathing pattern is relaxing and meditative. When smokers quit, they fail to replace this ritual, which leads to stress and builds anxiety, especially when they feel the urge to smoke. Try pretending you have a cigarette and breathe the same way as often as you smoke. This also aids in digestion.
(2) Change of environment: At least 90% of smokers change their environment every time they have a cigarette. That means leaving an office, restaurant, factory, home or party to step outside. This change of scenery is an escape from the hustle and bustle, or the stress of work. Add to the fresh air a glance at the sun or stars, and you’ve built in some stress relief. Take “fake smoke breaks” after quitting.