Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

As soon as a Smoker decides to quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal symptoms become the uppermost concern in the Smoker’s mind. Fear of the withdrawal is the single most powerful obstacle to getting started.

However, once that fear is put in its proper perspective, stopping smoking is really not as difficult as our own addicted minds have tricked us into believing.

Getting through the Withdrawal

Going through nicotine withdrawal cold turkey is actually the best way to approach quitting smoking because cold turkey is the only method that will not prolong and intensify the withdrawal symptoms.

Logically, if we must go through a withdrawal, let’s do it quickly.

Nicotine withdrawal is a short phase overall, but it can be intense. Make it more manageable by empowering yourself with knowledge about what to expect as you go through the early days of smoking cessation.

Review Your Reasons and Benefits

Many of the reasons for wanting to quit smoking are common, but some of them will be unique to your own situation. Make a list on paper and as a continual reminder on your smartphone.

Carry it with you, adding to it as more reasons pop into your mind. Read it often. Your list is a valuable tool to help you to deal with the urge to smoke.

Know When You’re Rationalizing

Thoughts of smoking just one cigarette are going to happen as you make your way through the early days of nicotine withdrawal. In fact, during the first few days of smoking cessation, you may feel as though you’re thinking of nothing but smoking.

Addiction has an even stronger hold on you mentally than it does physically. Your mind will turn itself inside out trying to convince you that you must smoke again.

Be prepared for the mental chatter that comes with this phase of stopping smoking. Every new Ex-Smoker goes through some of it. Understand that it’s just a part of the process as you recover from nicotine addiction and don’t let it throw you off your goal.

For most people, the worst of it will be over by the end of your second day.

Triggers to Smoke

Physical withdrawal from nicotine triggers the urge to smoke. In the first 72 hours, nicotine is gone from the bloodstream. Triggers shift over to the mental associations you have built up over the years as a Smoker.

This is the reason I teach you how to recondition your thinking from the very beginning.

Triggers will often appear seemingly out of the blue and cause powerful urges to smoke, even though there is no nicotine present in your body any longer.

With practice, I teach you how to break down old habits and create new ones that are much healthier.

Think of Momentum as a Tool

You start your quit program on day one. You only have to get through about 48 hours of temporary discomfort. That’s it !

Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed. The gains may be somewhat imperceptible at first, but they’re happening all the same.

Day-by-day you’re building momentum that will propel you forward with greater ease as time goes by. You can always do more than you think you can.

To Change Your Life, Change Your Mind

It has been said that the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. You might be surprised to learn how much of what you think is negative and directed at yourself. And worse, many people repeat those self-defeating thoughts over and over again.

I teach you exact techniques to change your thought processes because your mind believes what you tell it,

As you experience the temporary withdrawal, you will need to pay attention to what you’re thinking. In the Stop for Life program, I will teach you how to give yourself positive cues that really work under any circumstances.

Conclusions

Fear of temporary withdrawal is your worst enemy. It is the fear alone that causes most failure simply because it prevents the Smoker from ever getting started on a path that is really not so difficult.

At Stop for Life, we help you every step of the way.

Smoking cessation is a process, not an event. Recovery takes time.

Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed.

Every single day you complete smoke-free early on is a huge accomplishment. You may not think so, but the minutes, hours, and days you put between you and that last cigarette you smoked is working to strengthen your resolve.

Little by little, you’re teaching yourself how to live without cigarettes.

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Quit Smoking without Drugs

When approaching stopping smoking, Smokers are faced with finding answers to many questions regarding choosing a method to stop smoking. There seems to be a myriad of choices.

Should I be looking at prescriptions, pills, patches and potions or is it best to quit smoking without drugs?

This raises another question: if you want to stop smoking. Why do you “need” any sort of ‘product’ to do it?

Why not just stop?

Why Do I Think I need Drugs to Stop?

The smoking cessation industry is huge and extremely profitable. From nicotine replacement therapy to e-cigarettes of numerous kinds to prescription medicines, these products are promoted as smoking cessation aids and are a multi-billion dollar global business.

Many manufacturers even go so far as to promote them as “Health and Wellness” products.

Therefore, it is no surprise that many Smokers who want to quit smoking believe they cannot do it without some kind of medicated assistance.

Smokers already have enough of a chemical imbalance in the brain with their nicotine addiction; it makes no sense to increase it with prescription drugs.

In any case, using these drugs, as with medicinal nicotine products, merely reinforce the fear many smokers have that quitting is too difficult to achieve on their own.

Using prescription drugs or any other form of NRT to ‘treat’ smoking is an act of despair and is entirely unnecessary.

What Is Temporary Withdrawal ?

Withdrawal is the physical and emotional symptoms that occur after quitting. And they are only temporary.

There is no “pain” when you stop smoking. It is just in your head. Your body is telling you whatever it has to in order to get more nicotine because you are addicted. And the more you rationalize it (by saying “I can’t quit because it hurts”) the harder it becomes to convince yourself that you should quit.

Usually, symptoms of nicotine withdrawal begin rapidly and peak within one to three days.

There are both physical and psychological causes for withdrawal. The physical causes relate to the fact that the neurochemistry of Smokers’ brains changes in the presence of nicotine. Nicotine enhances the release of a chemical messenger called dopamine, which produces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

When smokers quit, the body once again has to recalibrate the regulation of dopamine and other neurotransmitters that control mood. In the short term, for quitting Smokers, that means dopamine levels are out of balance, a situation that leads to withdrawal symptoms.

Researchers believe that much of the extended craving that occurs after the nicotine is gone is psychological. For this reason, an approach which reconditions the faulty thinking will have the greatest chance for success in the long term.

Conclusions

For those Smokers who want to quit, without nicotine replacement, prescription medicines, or other ineffective and expensive marketing gimmicks, but who have difficulty doing this on their own, Abstinence Psychotherapy could be the answer.

You have to want to quit or you won’t.

Even if you purchase NRT products, you will not stop smoking if you don’t truly want to quit. Conversely, if you do have a strong and honest desire to quit, you will quit without the need for those useless and expensive products.

Additionally, nicotine replacements could be used longer than recommended. The idea behind quitting smoking is to get off nicotine, the drug that compels the smoker to keep smoking.

Cessation products just delay the inevitable. Their only result will be to prolong and intensify the withdrawal. The sooner you quit, the less damage you inflict on yourself.

As time goes on your cravings get further and further apart, the intensity and length gets less and less, and the fantastic benefits just keep on coming.

Let’s get started.

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions to Quit Smoking

Did you once again make a New Year’s Resolutions to quit smoking this year? Are you struggling to keep those resolutions?

Do you make the resolution to quit smoking every year only to find yourself making it again year after year?

Would you like to make a New Year’s Resolution to stop smoking one final time and actually be able to make good on that promise to yourself instead of making the same resolution again next year?

Why am I Still Smoking?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you are probably still smoking due to the approach that you used.

You finally stopped procrastinating about stopping smoking. You finally stopped simply talking about doing it and actually gave it an honest try.

Once again, a New Year is here. Many look at this time of year as an opportunity to improve on one’s health. Along with more common resolutions of exercising more and eating right, quitting smoking is also a popular one to set.

You gathered and listed your reasons for wanting to quit smoking. You developed and nurtured your determination to stop smoking and you set a day and time (probably midnight December 31st, right?)

So what went wrong?

Smoking is an Addiction

Many Smokers approach quitting smoking as a mere habit. They think if they treat it like any other habit and use willpower to stay away from it long enough, the urge to smoke will go away…. It won’t.

That might work for nail-biting or remembering not to talk on the phone while driving, but not so for addictions.

The causes of smoking are in your thinking. It is because of what you have done to your own mind over the course of your smoking life. It is because of the lies that we tell ourselves about smoking and quitting smoking and then we reinforce those falsehoods every time we light a cigarette.

The nicotine is gone in 72 hours. Reprogramming the faulty thinking is the key to successfully quitting.

Substituting Vaping for Smoking

Substituting vaping for smoking is simply an attempt to get the benefits of not smoking by side-stepping the problem.

Not only are we allowing the faulty thinking to continue to control our actions against our own will, but we are also refusing to deal with the nicotine addiction. In fact, we may even be increasing the nicotine dosage by substituting vaping, thereby driving the addiction deeper and making future attempts to honestly quit smoking much more difficult.

Quitting smoking means quitting nicotine. It means ending the drug dependence. It means taking back control over your own life. Vaping ignores and perpetuates the problem and very often leads right back to smoking.

Harm reduction is not “Quitting Smoking”. It is using a less harmful method to continue the addictive behavior by consuming nicotine by a different method.

Solutions

Now that we know why our previous attempts to stop smoking have failed, what have we learned from that experience?

We now know that smoking is not merely a habit. We have now learned that in order to successfully stop smoking, we must recondition the addictive thinking. We have also learned that we cannot use nicotine to break a nicotine addiction. We have seen that vaping or using any other form of NRT is a desperate attempt to do exactly that. 

We have also seen that a drug-free approach is the only safe and sane solution.

Behavior modification, hypnosis, acupuncture, and abstinence psychotherapy are all drug-free approaches. Of these, I believe abstinence psychotherapy to be the most effective and long-lasting due to its unique approach to reconditioning the human mind and thinking processes.

Abstinence psychotherapy will give us the power to stop smoking without drugs or willpower. It will give us the opportunity to quit smoking and stay off smoking for as long as we choose to do so under any circumstances.

Abstinence psychotherapy is available here, as well as through the links below.

The solution is here. The time is now. Just do it !

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Quitting Smoking is Not Hard

What is it that gets in the way of a Smoker who wants to quit smoking? Why is quitting smoking so hard for many Smokers?The truthful answer is that quitting smoking is not hard.

The Problem

So why don’t Smokers simply put down the cigarettes and just walk away? Why do they continue such dangerous behavior, despite the almost certain devastating consequences?

This is because, however much you may think you want to stop, the idea of never smoking again for many smokers is almost intolerable. To other Smokers, the thought may actually be terrifying.

The Smoker only thinks that stopping smoking is worse than smoking.

The irrational fear of not smoking is greater than the fear of continuing to smoke, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. These fears are a product of addiction and can be effectively and easily overcome.

Why does this Happen?

The reason so many people have difficulty in quitting is largely due to misinformation and mistaken beliefs about smoking.

This erroneous mindset is the result of what you have done to your own mind over the course of your smoking lifetime. It is the result of both physical as well as psychological dependencies. 

In addition, social pressures are one of the most powerful reasons we started smoking. Most people tried their first cigarette as inquisitive kids with friends. Maybe later in life at a party. We wanted to “Fit in”.

Fortunately, programs aimed at educating the public of the dangers of smoking have had a profound impact on the general populace. What used to be a social norm is now correctly treated as something to be avoided.

For this reason, we will focus on discussing and overcoming the physical and psychological dependencies.

Physical Dependency

Nicotine is one of the most powerful drugs known to mankind. It enslaves more people than any other drug worldwide.

When a Smoker lights up, another chemical called dopamine is released in the brain that makes you feel good. The dopamine binds to receptors in the brain creating feelings of pleasure. The Smoker develops more and more of these receptors as he or she accumulates months and then years of daily smoking.

Unfortunately, after the dopamine wears off, these symptoms return, which causes the Smoker to crave another cigarette. As time passes, Smokers also build up a tolerance and physical dependence on the nicotine. This means they have to smoke more over time in order to feel the same effect.

The good news is that once we break this cycle and stop smoking, the nicotine is almost completely gone from our bodies in less than 72 hours. It also means that, over a relatively short period of time, the number of nicotine receptors in the brain returns to normal.

Psychological Dependency

Cigarettes may seem a handy coping mechanism, but they are no more effective in dealing with crisis than cuddling a teddy bear or clutching a security blanket.

Breaking the psychological hold of smoking can unnecessarily be the hardest thing to master. It’s why, after years of giving up smoking, an ex-smoker can go back to smoking with just one puff, thereby setting the terrible cycle back into motion.

It wasn’t the nicotine. Remember?… That was gone after 72 hours.

It’s your mind that elevates a cigarette’s worth as your body calls out for its fix.

This is why any approach which does not address a psychological solution is doomed. 

Solutions

 Now that you know the truth about the causes of smoking, you will no longer feel as though you are ‘missing out’.

You are not deprived of anything by quitting smoking except an opportunity to live a longer, happier, healthier life.

You now understand that smoking is not a solution for crisis or stress. Nor is it useful as a “pleasurable” activity.

You should also now understand why a drug-free psychological approach is the most effective long term solution.

It’s time to take action…. Let’s get started.

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Stop Smoking without Fighting Cravings

When we decide to put down the cigarettes, one of the first questions a Smoker asks is ” How do I stop smoking without fighting cravings?” This question is born of fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

The problem is not in having the symptoms themselves. The problem is all in how we approach and handle those symptoms. We want to learn how to stop smoking without the side effects.

Let’s take a look at the underlying thought processes to understand how and why this happens.

Smokers’ Brains Change

When we smoke, our brains change in response to the very high levels of nicotine delivered by cigarettes. Those brain changes cause us to become addicted to nicotine, and that addiction can make stopping smoking very difficult.

When receptors in the brain are activated, they release a brain chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good. This pleasure response to dopamine is a big part of the nicotine addiction process.

Over time, as you continue to smoke, the number of nicotine receptors in your brain increases. Addicted smokers have billions more of these receptors than nonsmokers do. But not all smokers have such a high level of receptors.

To make stopping smoking even more difficult, the brain receptors can be conditioned to expect nicotine in certain situations long after you have stopped smoking. These would be the times that we identify as “Triggers” such as smoking while driving the car, during coffee breaks, or after sex.

For this reason, simply treating the nicotine withdrawal is an inadequate approach. The damage done to the brain and it’s subsequent thought processes also need to be treated.

Total abstinence right from the beginning is the only effective course of action and this requires reconditioning the brain’s thought processes. This will take some time and we need tools to counteract this in the meantime.

This is the reason we see many Smokers relapse, sometimes several years after their last cigarette, despite nicotine’s absence after only 48-72 hours of total abstinence.

Vaping, Smoking, and Nicotine

Vaping “helps” anxiety for the same reason that smoking is perceived as being helpful. When we ingest nicotine (whether from smoking OR vaping), the nicotine releases Dopamine and Serotonin, which are a “Feel Good” drugs.

The Dopamine relaxes us only temporarily, then we need another “Fix”…

As a 3 pack/day Smoker, I did this 60 times every day for 22 years. This caused distorted thinking (addiction) and all else became secondary to getting that “Fix” at any cost.

This yoyo effect causes us to believe that the Fix is relaxing, when in fact it causes more stress and anxiety…

Before I understood my own behavior and made a decision to get honest about it, I “relaxed” 60 times every day, trying to get the natural relaxation that Non-Smokers enjoy continually every single day.

If you vape without nicotine, there will probably be minimal side effects, but something else will begin to occur.

You will soon see the truth behind this process that I just described and you will soon become bored with it and drop vaping…. You will have no further reason to continue.

The Benefits

The good news is that once you stop smoking entirely, the number of nicotine receptors in your brain will eventually return to normal. As that happens, the craving response will occur less often, won’t last as long or be as intense and, in time, will fade away completely.

Benefits will begin to appear almost immediately. In only 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate slows. Twelve hours later, levels of carbon monoxide, a gas lethal to humans in high doses, will begin to return to normal levels.

Within three months, your lung function improves and your circulation starts to get better .

After a year, your risk of having a heart attack drops by half. And after five to 15 years, your stroke risk will be the same as that of a nonsmoker.

Solutions

As we have just learned, we do not have a choice about whether or not we have withdrawal cravings. We are withdrawing from a very powerful drug and attempting to sidestep the cravings is impossible.

Our choice is simply how we will handle them.

We have also learned that fighting cravings sets us up for failure long after the nicotine is gone.

Our solution can only be retraining our thinking so that we can easily accept and deal with those cravings at any time, under any circumstances so that we do not get blindsided years down the road by triggers.

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Nicotine Addiction Recovery

Now that the decision to quit smoking cigarettes has been finally made, do we try to sidestep the addiction problem by switching to vaping or do we engage in honestly addressing and engaging in nicotine addiction recovery? 

Serious adverse health effects of nicotine cause additional concern. Nicotine is harmful to the cardiovascular system by causing constriction of arteries that supply the heart. It increases blood pressure and increases blood viscosity.

All these effects raise one’s risk of heart attack and blood clots which can block flow of blood to the heart, brain and other vital organs.

Assuming that we will want to opt for and take the approach of honestly addressing and engaging the dilemma, how then do we overcome nicotine addiction ?

How Nicotine Damages the Brain

In order to quit smoking successfully for the long term, it helps to understand the nature of nicotine addiction and what it takes to break free of it.

Early regular use of any nicotine-containing product poses a risk to a lifetime of addiction. Nicotine’s effect on the developing brain can irreversibly damage the reward systems in the brain. 

This concern is accentuated by the rapidly increasing use of e-cigs in adolescents and young adults and nicotine’s powerful effect on developing brains. The human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 25.

Not only does nicotine use make young brains more susceptible to addiction, but it also causes reduced attention span, diminished cognition and enhanced impulsive reactions. To complicate matters, these changes also affect memory and motivation.

Nicotine can reach peak levels in the bloodstream and brain very rapidly.

This is the reason why the epidemic of vaping and the popularity among younger generations is so detrimental to continued good health and healthy brain development.

Effects on Brain Chemistry

Let’s take a look at how nicotine affects brain chemistry and begin the educational process that will help us battle this addiction.

Nicotine activates the same reward pathways in the brain that other drugs of abuse such as cocaine or amphetamines do, although to a lesser degree.

Research has shown that nicotine increases the level of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being. It is also responsible for increasing levels of Serotonin.

The acute effects of nicotine wear off within minutes, so Smokers must continue dosing themselves frequently throughout the day to maintain the seemingly pleasurable effects of nicotine and to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

The cognitive, self-control, and decision-making strategy portion of the brain is still in development. And this is the area which is largely affected by nicotine.

Additional Concerns

Nicotine exposure, increasingly occurring as a result of e-cigarette use, may induce changes that sensitize the brain to other drugs and prime it for future substance abuse.

Nicotine can kill brain cells and stop new cells from forming.

As blood nicotine levels became comparable to those found in smokers, they found the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus area of the brain was cut by up to 50 per cent.

Cell death also increased as nicotine levels rose.

E-cigarette vaping devices, those nicotine-rich cigarette alternatives, may not be as safe as once believed. This is especially so for the market’s fastest growing population segment of teenagers.

Research shows nicotine intake during adolescence increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment later in life.

Brain development continues throughout adolescence and into young adulthood.

Nicotine has adverse effects in older smokers and vapors as well.

Solutions

Nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the U.S., and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death. Only about seven percent of people who try to kick nicotine on their own last at least one year.

Besides nicotine’s addictive properties, another factor to consider includes its easy availability through the sophisticated marketing and advertising methods of tobacco companies and manufacturers of vaping equipment and flavorings.

Total abstinence appears to be the only viable solution. 

Methods using prescriptions, pills, patches, potions, and vaping all contain nicotine and should be avoided at all costs.

Drug-free methods to quit smoking should be the only avenues of pursuit.

These would include acupuncture, hypnosis, abstinence psychotherapy, behavior modification, and aversion therapy.

It’s your choice.

Make it a good one.

 

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Juul Pod Flavors

On November 13th, Juul announced that it was suspending sales of most Juul pod flavors sold in stores, shutting down social media promotions, and tightening online sales accessibility to minors.

This action was in response to pressure from the FDA stemming from the September 12 ultimatum to prove they could keep their products away from Kids or face severe penalties.

The Investigation

In September, the FDA requested five major e-cigarette manufacturers, including Juul, to explain how they plan to combat the use of their products by minors. The FDA said it was looking into potential steps to eliminate the sale of flavored products.

Juul’s response to pressure from the FDA suggests a significant sign of retrenchment by an industry that claims to have set out to offer devices to help smokers quit but now shoulders blame for a new public health problem: nicotine addiction among nonsmoking Teens.

“Our intent was never to have youth use Juul products. But intent is not enough, the numbers are what matter, and the numbers tell us underage use of e-cigarette products is a problem. We must solve it,” Juul CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement.

But critics and public health advocates said the company had no choice, especially after the FDA seized documents related to marketing strategies from the company’s headquarters in October. Meanwhile, some states were also investigating whether its tactics were directly aimed at minors.

“We’re deeply concerned about the epidemic of youth use of e-cigs. Voluntary action is no substitute for regulatory steps that the FDA will soon take,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Director.

An agency official told USA TODAY last month that the FDA plans to ban convenience store and gas station sales of e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco, mint and menthol. Stricter age-verification requirements are also planned for online sales of e-cigarettes.

The Problem

According to Dr. Rachel Boykan of Stoney Brook University School of Medicine, “Nicotine may disrupt the formation of circuits in the brain that control attention and learning, And there is a higher risk of Teens subsequently becoming tobacco smokers.”

The crux of the problem centers on what nicotine does to the teen brain. It is especially damaging in an area called the prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in emotional control, decision-making, and impulse regulation.

Nicotine is a lifelong burden. Vape manufacturers have their hands in your pocket, distracting your thought process while continuously endangering Teens health as well as to endanger the development of critical thinking skills. .

Caroline Renzulli, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called Juul’s announcement too little too late. “Juul’s social media marketing fueled its popularity with kids,” she said. “Now that it has captured 75 percent of the e-cigarette market, Juul no longer needs to do social media marketing because its young customers are doing it for them.”

By now, students have their own vocabulary built around Juul — “juuling” has become a verb.

Students began juuling as teachers’ backs were turned. They filled school bathrooms for juuling breaks. And it appeared to  school officials that students were just diligently recharging flash drives on laptops.

Nicotine, the naturally occurring chemical in tobacco, is the addictive element that binds smokers to cigarettes and vapors to Juul and other e-cigarettes. Teenagers, whose brains are still developing, need less exposure to nicotine than adults in order to become addicted.

The Crackdown

Maura Healey, the attorney general for Massachusetts, echoed that sentiment. “Unfortunately, much of the damage has already been done,” she said. “Our investigation into Juul’s practices, including if it was knowingly selling and marketing its products to young people, will continue.”

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the FDA said: “Voluntary action is no substitute for regulatory steps the FDA will soon take. But we want to recognize actions by Juul today and urge all manufacturers to immediately implement steps to start reversing these trends.”

Under Juul’s plan, the sale of tobacco, mint and menthol flavored products would continue in retail stores. Juul said those products “mirror what is currently available for combustible cigarettes”.

To prevent some users from reverting to menthol cigarettes, Juul said it would keep mint Juul pods as well as tobacco and menthol flavors for its devices in retail stores.

Moving Forward

In August, Gottlieb told USA TODAY that the FDA was weighing the benefits of e-cigarettes in helping adults quit smoking against the risk to young people who become addicted to tobacco through vaping.

Many Smokers prefer flavored e-liquid when they are trying to quit smoking, but Gottlieb said that he was prepared to make vaping less attractive to adults if it reduces the harm to Teens.

Dr. Gottlieb also said the agency could target “cartridge-based products,” such as the USB-sized Juul, which is favored by teenagers and sold in convenience stores. Adults tend to use bulkier “open tank” vaping products, he said.

JUUL Labs CEO Kevin Burns said the company “will work proactively with FDA in response to its request.”

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Great American Smokeout


Great American Smokeout

On November 18,1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million Smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Great American Smokeout. It was deemed a huge success.

The idea caught on and over the past 42 years since that time, the Smokeout has expanded to encompass and include Smokers worldwide. Awareness of the smoking problem and spotlighting the imperative need to quit smoking was a boon to Smokers everywhere.

Attention had been levied on a previously much ignored health problem. Only now could progress be made.

Approximately 38 million American adults still smoke, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. The Smokeout challenges people to quit on that day or to use the day to make a plan to quit.

Most of those who only use that day to simply make a plan to quit will fail to do so. Most “Plan to make a plan” and most of the remaining will actually construct a plan, but will fail to follow through. The needed commitment was missing.

While the cigarette smoking rate in the United States has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to less than 15.5% in 2016, the gains have been inconsistent. These are overall figures attributed to a compilation of all sources and methods.

In 1978, I attended a class given by the American Cancer Society (ACS). At that time, they offered only behavior modification as a technique to quit smoking.

There were 14 people in my class. Only one person stopped (No, it wasn’t me), but he relapsed after less than a week. I thought “If the American Cancer Society can’t help me, who can ?” …. I was at the end of my rope.

Hooked and helpless and nowhere to turn…. What now?

I persisted and in December 1979, I met a man who taught me some very interesting and effective psychological principles that I applied to my own smoking problem and I have not smoked since that day,

That was December 12,1979.

Conclusions

It was my persistence and refusal to stop trying to quit smoking that ultimately led to my success.

Certainly, many tens of thousands of people today are Ex-Smokers due to the assistance and efforts of the American Cancer Society. But what if you have an experience like the one I had in 1978 ?…. Where will you turn?… What will you do?

So what did that first Great American Smokeout in 1978 do for over one million Smokers?

It got them to stop procrastinating…. It focused on the main enemy of a Smoker: Procrastination.

Half measures will not be helpful. It takes a firm commitment and firm resolve to move forward immediately. Anything short of that firm resolve and commitment will only set up the smoker for further procrastination and ultimate failure.

“There comes a day when you realize that turning the page is the best feeling in the world – because you realize that there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” – Author Unknown

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Prenatal Smoking

Studies show 15-20% of pregnant women smoke, putting themselves and their babies at risk. And over 1,000 babies in America alone die each year because their mothers smoked.

Among women who quit smoking during pregnancy, 40% started smoking again within 6 months after delivery, thereby once again putting the newborn infant at risk.

Impact of Smoking during Pregnancy

Maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to a variety of infant health problems present at birth as well as long-lasting behavioral and neuro-developmental impairments and remains arguably one of the most important modifiable risk behaviors that an expectant mother can engage in.

Smoking during and after pregnancy also creates a risk factor of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is an infant death for which a cause of the death cannot be found.

Babies born to women who smoke are also more likely to have certain birth defects, like a cleft lip or cleft palate.

What Causes this Behavior ?

Nicotine is what makes you become addicted to smoking. When you smoke during pregnancy, chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar pass through the placenta and umbilical cord into your baby’s bloodstream.

Smoking during pregnancy is bad for you and your baby. Quitting smoking, even if you’re already pregnant, can make a big difference in your baby’s life.

Can I Switch to Vaping?

Although the aerosol of e-cigarettes generally has fewer harmful substances than cigarette smoke, e-cigarettes and other products containing nicotine are not safe to use during pregnancy.

Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs. Also, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing baby.

So yes, I do discourage switching to Vaping because it is not only very dangerous to the fetus, it also has the potential to impede the Smoker trying to stop rather than to help.

Remember, vaping is about “Harm Reduction”. Whether the harm is reduced or elevated, pregnant mothers are most likely interested in not exposing their babies to any harm at all, regardless of the level of that harm.

Furthermore, many Smokers trying to quit will vape instead, only to return to smoking later, thereby suffering extreme disappointment at their failure and losing their motivation to try again.

Conclusions

Pregnancy is a great time for you to quit smoking. You will feel better and have more energy to go through your pregnancy. You will also reduce your risks of future health problems.

This is a wonderful opportunity not only to reduces risks of harm to the baby, but also to reap the wonderful benefits of not smoking for yourself.

As stated above, among women who quit smoking during pregnancy, 40% started smoking again within 6 months after delivery, thereby once again putting the newborn infant at risk.

Mom needs a safe method to stop smoking that does not involve drugs of any kind. That means no prescriptions, patches pills, or potions as well as nicotine itself.

That also means that she needs a method that will enable her to not start again after the birth of her child.

At Stop for Life, we can deliver on these promises.

All you need is the decision to get started.

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Quit Smoking without Willpower

Most Smokers find it difficult to stop smoking simply because of the method that they used to stop.

Quitting smoking does not have to be difficult. We unnecessarily make it that way.

What does the process of quitting smoking without willpower involve?

The persistent message Smokers tell themselves is that nicotine addiction is stubborn and nearly impossible to overcome without some kind of external pharmaceutical aid…. This sets you up for failure.

It conditions you to believe that you are up against a hopeless monumental and insurmountable task.

It takes away your power.

Such reasoning might well disempower smokers and inhibit attempts to quit through anticipatory, self-defeating fatalism.

Willpower and Repression

“Willpower” is another name for Repression… Repression occurs when we experience a desire to smoke and attempt to deal with it by trying to “get rid of it”…

That creates a recipe for failure right from the start.

Repression occurs when we get the urge and then, while the urge is upon us, we tell ourselves that we don’t want to smoke. Simply stated, the human brain knows that we are lying to ourselves, so it rejects that info and we end up smoking.

Such techniques may work for some people in the short run, but fighting gets tiring. The repressed urges persist while the short term motivation used does not.

The smoker tires quickly and caves in after the short term success (if any).

Repression rarely works, but it is the method most smokers go to because they fear facing the urges to smoke.

Three Concepts

The three concepts identified as important to Smokers who quit were: Motivation, Willpower and Commitment.

Motivation, very often widely discussed, has only one clear meaning… Simply stated, it is “the reason for quitting”.

Willpower was perceived to be a method of quitting, a strategy to counteract cravings or urges, or a personal quality or trait fundamental to quitting success.

Commitment was equated to seriousness or resoluteness. Distinguished from Willpower, it was perceived as key to successful quitting.

Commitment also had somewhat different dimensions and characteristics, in that, it appeared that Commitment could be built upon as the quit plan progressed.

Behavioral Change

Gary A. Giovino, a nicotine researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo, said as helpful as medication can be, people who really want to quit smoking also have to be willing to modify their lifestyle.

“People need to focus on behavioral change …, they need the right skills and knowledge and social support. They need a plan,” said Giovino, a professor and chair of his school’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, who quit smoking 40 years ago.

While I do not hold with the view that drugs are necessary to quitting smoking, I wholeheartedly agree with the Professor in that a change in our behavioral approach is key to success.

We need to stop believing the Willpower illusion.

Alternatives

This also means that we will want to quit smoking without drugs.

Furthermore, it is my belief that Abstinence Psychotherapy is highly effective because it treats the fallacious thinking that has caused the distorted approach.

It teaches an alternative method that requires neither willpower nor drugs.to engage any later urges or “Triggers” that may occur.

It does not support Repression but rather, teaches tools and concepts that enable the successful Ex-Smoker to remain stopped under any and all conditions for as long as he or she chooses.

Rather than set up a long hard uphill battle with smoking urges, why not remove the built-in failure of Repression?

Why not learn how to deal with the problem directly rather than trying to pretend that the problem doesn’t exist ?

Develop the right skills and the right knowledge.

Stop fighting and start enjoying being an Ex-Smoker.

The Winner’s Circle awaits.

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