Vaping Facts by the Numbers

The relative newness of vaping makes statistical data about vaping facts and potential dangers of vaping difficult to quantify. In light of the current vaping epidemic which has spawned many questions about the safety of vaping, we can only scratch the surface of the problem with limited answers.

As continuing research unfolds, we must be satisfied for now with some of the following observations:

1. E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are NOT risk-free.

Although it’s generally agreed that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, there is no evidence that vaping is actually a safe alternative. While research is still in its embryonic stages, it indicates that vaping may lead to several negative health consequences, including:

  • Damage to the brain, heart, and lungs
  • Problems with pregnancies, deliveries and stillbirths in pregnant women
  • Stunted development of the brain and lungs when use occurs during pregnancy or adolescence

2. Vapes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug with known health risks.

Using nicotine, regardless of how it is delivered, increases the risk of addiction. Nicotine addiction is notoriously difficult to reverse. Vapes can deliver up to 4 times the nicotine of a cigarette, thereby driving the addiction deeper and harder to quit.

3. Using e-cigarettes and other vaping products is not a proven method for quitting smoking

E-cigarettes and other vaping products may actually perpetuate addiction, in some cases making it even harder to quit smoking. The attempt to use nicotine to quit nicotine is a wasteful exercise in futility. It only sidesteps the problem.

4. Vaping is not done exclusively by people trying to quit smoking.

Vaping and Juuling are increasingly popular with young people, including those who had never smoked cigarettes previously and never intended to. Many young people are known to begin to smoke cigarettes only after using e-cigarettes.

5. Vaping devices are frequently used in addition to smoking cigarettes, instead of in place of them.

Many smokers use these products alongside traditional cigarettes. Vapes are particularly popular in places where smoking is not allowed or is not convenient. The end result is an increase in total exposure to nicotine and its harmful effects.

6. Nicotine can affect brain development in young people.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the popularity of using vaping devices and to their effects. The younger a person is when experimenting with nicotine, the greater the risk of addiction. Brain development is more vulnerable to the effects of addictive substances than in an adult brain. Vaping may also contribute to related physical health problems later in life.

7. E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not FDA approved.

Vaping products are not approved by the FDA as effective and safe smoking cessation aids. Until very recently, makers of vaping devices were not bound by recognized standards of safety. Despite the new regulations, e-cigarette manufacturers are free to project a risk-free image in their marketing.

8. There is little consistency across different products.

Limited federal oversight over vaping devices make it difficult to accurately assess the dangers of any specific product. There is considerable variation from product to product in the nature and concentration of the ingredients.

9. No evidence that the aerosol from these products is safe.

The long-term health effects of delivering nicotine and other additives in aerosol form remains unknown. While some additives may be safe at room temperature, studies are inconclusive regarding the potential for chemical changes when these products are exposed to heat. Furthermore, ultrafine particles suspended in the aerosol may interfere with proper lung functioning later in life due to introduction to deeper recesses of the respiratory tract.

10. The spread of vaping devices may be re-normalizing smoking as well as vaping behavior.

Since 1964, smoking declined from 42% to 14% among American adults. The increase in popularity of nicotine devices and their widespread availability is reversing the progress made over decades of intense efforts to reduce cigarette smoking,

Conclusions

Using nicotine to break a nicotine addiction is an act of desperation.

This is the main reason for their low success rates and plays right into the addictive mindset that the tobacco and vaping companies benefit from.

Nicotine fulfills all the criteria of an addictive agent, including drug-reinforced behavior, compulsive use, physical dependence, and increased tolerance.

Yes, it will temporarily relieve the cravings… It does so in the same manner as lighting a cigarette… And keeps you hooked in the same way…

Using any aid that contains nicotine such as pills, patches, gums, and vaping will all keep you addicted. They only serve to postpone the inevitable.

Successfully quitting smoking means quitting nicotine.

 

Vaping Facts and Myths

E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and many people think of them as a useful tool for Smokers looking to quit smoking while others see them as something relatively risk-free for new users.

But are they really safe?

Let’s look at some vaping facts and myths.

Considerations

Before you or someone you care about uses e-cigarettes to quit smoking or for any other reason, get the facts.

I quit smoking in 1987, long before the 2003 invention of Vaping. If I were a Smoker today trying to quit, I would not turn to vaping, e-cigarettes, or NRT for ANY reason… Using nicotine to quit nicotine is an act of desperation….

Having said that, some Smokers are satisfied with Harm Reduction that, while effective for reducing harm, it is NOT quitting smoking…

An Overview

Vaping is falaciously heralded by the industry as a “Health and Wellness” tool.

Vaping has been especially embraced by Teens in astonishing numbers… Numbers that have already reached epidemic proportions… For many of these Teenagers, Vaping is also proving to be a gateway to tobacco…

Many Teens become addicted who might otherwise have never touched nicotine, thereby developing an addiction that previously did not exist.

If the goal is simply only to reduce harm, then it will work for them…. Good… Mission accomplished !

But truly quitting smoking involves more than simple avoidance of the problem. Quitting smoking means quitting nicotine….

What Experts are Saying

Johns Hopkins researchers also found that mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor had weaker immune responses in their lungs. Other studies have found that e-cigarette vapor seems to strengthen antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that flavorings such as cinnamon in e-cigarettes can cause lung cell inflammation.

The nicotine is usually dissolved in a compound like propylene glycol or glycerin. Researchers have also uncovered a large number of other cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarette aerosols or vapor, including formaldehyde, toluene, acetaldehyde, and acrolein, heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and nickel, nitrosamines, and tiny particles of matter that can lodge themselves in the deepest parts of the lung.

E-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain many of the same cancer-causing chemicals. For the most part, the levels of these chemicals are lower in e-cigarettes than in regular cigarettes.

However, there also exists some data that suggest that toxins such as formaldehyde are produced at increased levels in higher voltage “tank system” e-cigarettes compared to standard e-cigarette devices.

More Concerns

Diacetyl is another cause for concern…

Foods and beverages containing diacetyl are not inherently dangerous to consume if they are not heated. … While consuming diacetyl is not a major health risk, inhaling diacetyl vapors is very dangerous. Diacetyl vapor inhalation is linked to an array of pulmonary complications.

It’s difficult to know exactly how much of these chemicals are being inhaled by e-cigarette users, says Brad Drummond, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins. “There haven’t been enough studies yet to know how users use these devices—how often they smoke, how many puffs at a time, and whether they inhale differently—but it does seem to be different from combustible cigarettes.”

Further Analysis

Unfortunately, Vaping is too new yet to study long term effects. We will probably not know a definitive answer for a few more years, but in the meantime, we can always strip away the addictive thinking and use good old common sense.

By definition, vapor is diffused matter suspended floating in the air and impairing its transparency. In other words, to a body with lungs designed only for breathing clean air, the vapor itself is unnatural and has floating particles to interfere with normal respiration.

While the ingredients vary, the liquid typically contains 95% propylene glycol and glycerin. The other 5% of the ingredients vary from product to product.

While we know of many chemicals present in the vapor (most notably present and poisonous is cadmium), they seem to be in greatly reduced quantity when measured against tobacco smoke.

We know the lethal short term effects in higher doses, but we don’t know long term effects at lower dosages. And that is only one chemical known to be in most vape “juice”.

So back to common sense…

Why would a sane and rational person ingest any chemicals that are foreign to the natural workings of the human body, regardless of the amount?

Conclusions

You have not “stopped smoking” until you kick the nicotine that causes you to crave another dose of Dopamine. This is why Vaping and NRT therapies have such poor success rates.

Changing seats on the Titanic won’t help if the goal is to truly quit smoking without crutches or substitutions.

Vapes are not health and wellness products.

Not knowing the dangers with certainty does not lower the risk of the danger itself. Look at the tobacco industry prior to the 1964 Surgeon General Warning.

Be safe… Don’t Vape.

 

 

 

 

Quitting E-Cigs is Difficult

Quitting E-Cigs is Difficult

The relative newness of E-Cigs and their usage as potential vehicles to “Quit Smoking” appear to have encountered a new dilemma. The E-Cigs themselves seem to be proving that quitting E-Cigs is difficult.

While the true safety of an E-Cig remains to be determined, for people already smoking tobacco, E-Cigs are a lesser evil.

While not addressing the nicotine addiction in any way, E-Cigs do allow the Smoker to continue to gratify their nicotine addiction without dealing with the carcinogens present in tobacco.

For those not smoking at all, E-Cigs are a gateway to a lifetime of nicotine addiction. Context changes the equation. 



What Happens after Switching

What has become of those Smokers who switched to E-Cigs with the intent to use E-Cigs to honestly quit nicotine? Why do we never hear success stories from this group? Wasn’t that the motivation behind switching to E-Cigs and Vaping in the first place? Where have they gone?

It is my belief that this specific class of Smoker has made a decision to psychologically compromise their own promise to quit nicotine. They have found a softer way as well as a way to justify a continued and unabated use of the drug.

Measuring Difficulties

Measuring the true efficacy of E-Cigs and Vapes as smoking cessation tools is further complicated by reports that slightly over half of the Smokers/Vapors polled were concurrently smoking cigarettes along with their E-Cig usage.

Another measurement challenge comes from the almost two-thirds who plan on ending their use of e-cigarettes – at some undefined point in the future. This is an excellent example of temporal discounting, the “I’ll gladly pay you next week for a hamburger I can eat today,”    

E-Cigs do not help Smokers to Quit

An international coalition of respiratory doctors and scientists have warned that tobacco harm reduction strategies which support the use of alternative nicotine delivery products for smoking cessation are not effective and are based upon incorrect assumptions and undocumented claims.

Interestingly, they say there is a lack of proof to support claims that E-Cigs help Smokers to stop for good. They are more inclined to accept mounting evidence that their use is harmful to health.

This is yet another example of the tobacco industry’s long-established tactic to sell so-called safer products in a bid to deter smokers from quitting and to make smoking more socially acceptable while keeping the Smoker hooked on nicotine.

Conclusions

It may prove more challenging to quit those e-cigarettes than we had hoped. We do not know the number of individuals that did successfully use e-cigarettes as a bridge to being free of both traditional and e-cigarettes.

Measuring difficulties may ensure that we will never accurately determine that answer.

The theory that e-cigarettes are the bridge for traditional smokers to a healthier life has not proven to work out. It appears that for some, e-cigarettes serve as a more socially acceptable substitute rather than a step in recovery.

Why are we trading one addiction for another? Wouldn’t it be better not to begin addictive behaviors?

Before we jump on the E-Cig Popularity Bandwagon.we need to find out how good a bridge to recovery e-cigarettes can or cannot be. We need more information about long term effects of Vaping.

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Vaping Is Big Tobacco’s Bait and Switch

Cigarettes hooked generations of teenagers. Now E-cigs might be employing more of the same questionable marketing tactics.

To nobody’s surprise, the tobacco industry is pushing a new kind of smoking device — the e-cig or vape pen — that it says is far healthier than traditional cigarettes… Notice that their vernacular hammers “Safety” and “Healthier” and doesn’t mention that these devices are probably harmful.

“Harm Reduction” means it won’t hurt you as badly as cigarettes… It does not mean it is a healthy activity.

Of course, there is no mention that these devices are being falsely promoted as “Health Enhancing Devices”.

A Little History

I was 14 when I started smoking cigarettes, and so were most of my friends. It was summer and we would walk to the municipal pool. We cut through the local cemetery to shorten the walk and we chain-smoked cigarettes the whole way.

Little did we appreciate the irony of beginning a lifelong addiction in the same place where it was destined to end.

We smoked for lots of reasons: We smoked to defy our parents who told us not to smoke while they were setting the opposite example by being Smokers themselves.

We smoked because smoking was forbidden and cigarettes were easy to buy.

We smoked because we thought it made us look tough and masculine. At least, John Wayne and Tom Sellick made it look Macho.

  

If not John Wayne, it was the Tarryton guy with the black eye telling us “I’d rather fight than switch.”

Effective Marketing

All of that — the appeal, the access, the illicitness of cigarettes — was by design. By the time my friends and I were born, cigarette makers had stitched their products into the fabric of our culture so thoroughly that not even a century’s worth of research tying those products to an array of slow, painful deaths was enough to deter many of us.

Tobacco companies glamorized smoking and made cigarettes a diet tool and a matter of high fashion. (Virginia Slims). They made smoking a feminist act.

They didn’t just assure the public that it was safe to smoke; they even used doctors to push safety of their brands.

Polishing the Deception

And the more they came to understand marketing their own product, the more they advertised cigarettes to the young. Most people who don’t start smoking by the end of adolescence never will. The cigarette makers knew that. They knew they had to target Kids to replace 400,000 smoking deaths every year in America alone.

Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking kills some 480,000 people a year — more than AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs and suicide combined — and costs $170 billion in annual health care expenditures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E-cig makers say, and some health experts believe, that e-cigs could help lower these terrible numbers, because they contain far fewer toxins than traditional tobacco cigarettes. The thinking goes that if all current smokers switched to these devices, the burden of disease and death could be dramatically cut.

FDA Role

Since he assumed his role as Director at the Food and Drug Administration two years ago, Dr. Scott Gottlieb has tried to strike a balance between encouraging adult smokers to switch to e-cigs and keeping the devices away from minors.

Teenagers face disproportionate risk from smoking, partly because nicotine is known to harm the developing brain.

That plan backfired last year, when teen vaping reached epidemic proportions. Dr. Gottlieb has since tried to put the industry in check by, among other things, forcing e-cig makers to devise plans for keeping their products away from kids.

There are still many unanswered questions about the safety of e-cigs.It’s unclear how well they work as a smoking cessation tool. And while they are almost certainly safer than regular cigarettes, they are not necessarily safe.

Conclusions

Health officials know next to nothing about the flavorings or about other chemicals generated by the heating of e-liquids. They also don’t know how many teenagers who start using e-cigs will move on to tobacco products.

Until these crucial questions can be honestly answered, it’s best to err on the side of caution. At Stop for Life , we continue to teach and support total abstinence as the prefered method to stop smoking.

Big Tobacco Is Morphing Into Big Vape

Using E-Cig Regulation to Discourage Competition

Planned legislation next week is to introduce a bill sponsored in part by Altria to increase a Federal minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. So who is Altria and why are they behind this legislation ?

Altria is the largest tobacco producer in the United States. You may be more familiar with their old name, Phillip Morris.

So who is Altria? Besides being the largest tobacco producer in the United States, they also own a whopping $12.8 Billion stake in Juul Labs, the largest and most successful Vape manufacturer on the market today.

So why would a tobacco company encourage legislation to limit cigarette sales? Let’s look at a bit of history.

In April 1997, it won a ruling in federal court saying that the FDA had no authority to regulate the marketing of cigarettes or other delivery mechanisms, even though it could regulate the sale of tobacco itself. The idea was that the government had the right to say tobacco was harmful to kids’ health, but it didn’t have the right to say smoking wasn’t cool.

Altria’s strategy was deviously Machiavellian. In the wake of the tobacco settlement, as many of its major rivals struggled, it was left as the only tobacco company in America with the resources to comply with a complex regulatory environment. In 2002, Altria started campaigning to put cigarettes officially under the direct oversight of the FDA, a prospect it had battled for 30 years. Competitors decried this as the “Marlboro Monopoly Act”.

After the 1997 ruling, Altria’s marketing took a very abrupt turn. It took on the Superhero role and persona and did a complete image makeover.

It changed its name to Altria, which not coincidentally sounds like Altruism. It started something called Success360, which invests in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, 4-H and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Most crucially, it began to support increased FDA regulation. It was no longer in the tobacco business; it was in the public relations and regulatory capture business.

It is repositioning itself as the repentant child who is going to clean up the world of its former self and its former competitors.

The Wolf is back, but this time he is wearing a different Sheepskin. It is the same people who sold us and our parents on the “Safety” of cigarettes resurrecting the team of Snake Oil Salesmen to now sell the “Safety” of Vaping.

One look at their website confirms that Altria has accepted that cigarette smoking rates are falling and will continue to fall. It further supports their prediction of an increase in Vaping and next week’s planned legislation positions Altria to benefit from a Vaping Epidemic which seems to be exploding with impunity.

Altruistic?…. Nope.

Creating and exploiting a new market for addictive products?…. It would certainly seem so.

If you or your Teen is hooked on either smoking cigarettes or vaping E-Juice, there is a solution.

Stop for Life offers a program to break the nicotine addiction once and for all whether you smoke or vape.

It’s time to protect ourselves and our kids with the Truth about Vaping .

 

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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.

Let’s get started Right Here, Right Now !

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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.

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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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