In my many years of studying psychology, behavior, lifestyle change and the human mind, I have found that one of the most difficult challenges is to throw away a pack of cigarettes and permanently quit.
First, understand this: Our minds become conditioned to continue to do the same patterns of behavior because that is what is comfortable and gratifying for us, regardless of the logic we use to try to deter ourselves. Your deeper mind, the Subconscious Mind, learns responses and seeks to continue those responses— soon becoming a habit.
Let me explain…
When you first learn to drive a car, you were aware of every step. You held your hands
on the steering wheel at the “10 and 2 o’clock” positions. You stepped on the brake,
while being mindful to release the emergency brake. You had to think about how
much pressure to put on the gas pedal, etc.
Now, however, through repetition you now can drive a car without putting an ounce of thought into it.
The same goes for cigarettes.
You learned how to inhale them. You learned that when certain situations arise that a
cigarette made you feel better, you learned they gave you a “pick me up” and so on.
Eventually through repetition these behaviors became automatic and you now find
yourself lighting up without conscious awareness.
Your mind becomes patterned to stay in these routines because they become
rewarding, comfortable and satisfying.
In this report, I have researched and studied various ways to release this unhealthy
habit, and will show you my scientific findings of what works and what doesn’t. You
will find the truth about what works, tips for lifelong success, and what is purely a
waste of money.
The Smoking “Business”
Quitting the smoking habit is big business… and there are seemingly endless ways to
spend money on kicking the habit.
Giving up smoking is like giving up a bad relationship. Ultimately there comes a day
when you make the decision, only to return to what you know is bad for you. Premature
wrinkles and yellow teeth don’t deter you – so, how do you quit?
You spend an average of $2,300 per year on cigarettes. While some of the products and
therapies are expensive, they are still less expensive than your life long smoking habit.
As with all programs, each person is unique, so everyone will respond to a program in a
Here are some of the most popular programs today, along with some statistics on their
success and failure rates, side-effects, tips, and what you need to know before you
decide to invest your money on a program to become a non-smoker.
Many people try to quit Cold Turkey. It’s sometimes thought to be the easiest method
It sounds easy to simply stop smoking and commit, through willpower to never take
another puff. The success rate is only a paltry 3 %- 5% because most smokers are not
prepared to take on both sides of quitting. These include intense withdrawal cravings
and event-based habits. If you have had a difficult time trying to quit in the past,
studies show you should consider trying an assisted cessation method.
In clinical trials, nicotine replacement therapy has shown to double a person’s chances
of quitting, however it is not without its share of side-effects. The patch functions by
transdermally (topically) feeding the body nicotine at a continuous and regulated pace
over a 24-hour period, controlling the body’s physical addiction, which allows a smoker
to sever the mental reliance on tobacco.
Nicoderm carries a whopping cost of $270 for only a 10 week therapy. Adverse reactions
and side effects can include irregular heartbeat, rashes, nausea, vomiting,
dizziness and weakness.
Precautions: Before using this product, tell your doctor your medical history,
especially of: heart disease, diabetes, chest pain (angina), jaw/chewing problems, any
allergies (including drug allergies). Nicoderm must not be used during pregnancy. If
you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
Nicotine is excreted into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor
Nicotine gum or brand name Nicorette is another nicotine replacement product which
acts in a similar way that the patch does. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke you
would chew a piece of gum slowly for 30 minutes until the craving dissipates. Most
smokers will chew between 12 and 30 pieces of gum the first month and it is
recommended to not go over 30 pieces of gum per day as there could be serious
adverse reactions. The gum is also meant to be used along with a smoking cessation
The Gum is only to be used when you have stopped smoking cigarettes (then why
would you need the gum) and you can not smoke any cigarettes while using the gum
because of nicotine overload, which can cause serious adverse reactions. The cost of the
gum ranges from a colossal $200 to $300 for the first month and usually two to three
months are needed.
Side Effects: Because this gum contains nicotine, it has a peppery-like taste. It may
cause a tingling sensation when chewed. During the first few days of you using this
product, you may experience mouth sores, jaw muscle aches, increased saliva
production, indigestion, or headaches. Chewing the gum too fast can cause you to have
lightheadedness, dizziness, hiccups, nausea, vomiting or insomnia. Notify your doctor
if you develop symptoms of excess nicotine in your body, which could be cold sweats,
fainting, confusion, or a pounding heart. In the event you have an allergic reaction to
this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, and trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not
listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions: Before using this product, tell your doctor your medical history, especially
of: heart disease, diabetes, chest pain, jaw/chewing problems, and any allergies
(including drug allergies). Nicotine gum must not be used during pregnancy.
Family & Friends… Support?
Sometimes our family and friends can be our worst enemies when we are attempting
something very difficult or “different”. If your family or friends don’t smoke, they may
not understand your desire to quit. Nor will they understand the extreme difficulty of
overcoming your addiction.
If your family and friends do smoke, they may have attempted to quit themselves, but
failed. Or they may not want to quit at all, thereby placing pressure on you to not quit
also. Human nature causes people to try to “hold others back” when someone close to
them begins to move in a direction different from the norm.
Your challenge will be to let others around you know that you are doing this for you.
Let them know that if they will not encourage you, then they should “keep quiet while
Ways family/friends can encourage you include:
– Assure you they believe in your ability to quit
– Express their happiness that you are quitting
– Give you love, unconditionally, even when you are grumpy
– Participate in some physical fitness activities with you
– Don’t smoke around you, if they are a smoker
– Don’t offer you a cigarette, or make it easy for you to cheat
Herbal Products and tinctures such as Final Smoke and the patch called Nicocure.
These options are popular because of the natural ingredients. Throughout the day you
would take multiple pills which supposedly work to lessen the cravings of cigarettes.
According to the creators, their products work based on healing the connection of
mind, body and spirit. Reports claim that the pills are large, horrible tasting and burn
immediately upon using.
Side effects include queasiness, making the user less interested in both smoking
and eating. Final Smoke can be purchased for about $139 at herbal stores and the
Nicocure patch is about $59. To date there is no scientific literature proving that the
ingredients used (which are of very low dose) can produce any type of anti-craving
Acupuncture, according to Chinese tradition, inserting finely pointed needles in certain
points on your body will draw energy to that area and then redirect it to the area of
concern. This allows the body to heal itself.
Although peaceful and stimulating at the same time, for a half-hour treatment you can
expect to spend $135 for the first treatment, and $100 for subsequent treatments. A
series of over 10 to 20 treatments is usually needed. In most medical studies, the success
rates are no better than quitting cold turkey.
Counseling or group therapy
Many people may find the support and encouragement of counseling or group treatment helpful. Counseling may help smokers identify situations that trigger the urge to smoke. For help with your quitting effort, consider selecting a program that is at least four to eight weeks in length. The programs that work should provide plenty of encouragement and weekly one-on-one meetings with a counselor.
The downside of these programs is that they are very time consuming. Usually you will be spending 4 to 10 hours per week, not including travel time, meeting with groups or counselors.
Chantix is a pill that is different from other ways to quit. It contains no nicotine but works on the same receptors as nicotine. It is meant to be used along with other smoking cessation therapies. The usually cost for one month is about $130 and many insurance companies do not cover it.
Side effects you may experience (that may persist for several months) are allergic reactions: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, stomach pain, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, gas, weakness, tired feeling, increased
appetite, weight gain, unpleasant taste in your mouth, headache; or sleep problems (insomnia) or unusual dreams.
Side effects other than those listed above may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any
side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
The usual duration of time on the medications is 12 to 24 weeks and people report that
after discontinuing usage of the medication, they often go back to smoking but not
As of November 20, 2007 Chantix is being investigated by the FDA for increasing suicidal thoughts, aggressive behavior, depression and mood swings. As of February 1, 2007 FDA concluded that Chantix appears increasingly likely to be linked to serious psychiatric behavior, including suicide. Pfizer has updated their product label to state this and further investigation by the FDA is being conducted.
You probably have heard the story about someone who has kicked a 3 pack
per day habit with hypnosis, as if they have never smoked a day in their life. This is often
the story that many people hear and keep the “$49 dollar, guaranteed to stop smoking
Holiday Inn road hypnotist” filled to capacity. Hypnosis has a lot of stigmas! Mind control, doing
or saying embarrassing things, losing control or falling into a deep sleep where we don’t remember
anything often comes to mind. If this was the case, the world would be run by scrupulous hypnotists
sitting atop mountains of money with Alfred Hitchcock zombies under their control.
These are often the images that have been implanted into our minds by the media and
hypnosis used for entertainment purposes. The truth is hypnosis is a highly regarded
therapeutic tool where you are in total control and no one can make you say or do
anything you do not want to.
Hypnosis has scientifically proven, over and over, to have the highest success rate for
getting individuals to be smoke free. In fact, if performed correctly, A whopping 63%
in groups. The problem becomes that most people will attempt to stop with the overly
crowded, highly-congested, fly-by-night hotel group hypnosis, which guarantees you will
be smoke free “or your money back.
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