Procrastination and Smoking

Procrastination is a common denominator among smokers; they just never seem to find the right moment to stop smoking.

The overwhelming majority of Smokers who say they want to quit will actually take several years to make their first move towards really stopping smoking.

Decision without action leads to stagnation….

Stagnation leads to failure.

In the case of a Smoker, it also leads to lots of needless suffering.

Causes of Procrastination

This chronic procrastination will usually come from one of two sources.

First is a lack of awareness of the problem…

This may sound obvious, but if you do not accept that Smoking is an addiction that harms your health and that you need to stop smoking right away, then you will join the 97% of Smokers that will keep on smoking until it is too late.

Second is simply an attitude…

If you say you can do something, then you can…. And if you say you can’t do it, of course, you can’t.

So, in order to make the decision to quit smoking, you need the right “Yes, I can” attitude.

We have all experienced procrastination — some more than others. And there also are the chronic procrastinators who avoid any difficult task and deliberately look for a “reason” to put off taking action.

The Good News is that it is possible to overcome procrastination, with determined effort and self-control.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

Our subconscious mind is like a 5-year-old child and thinks in pictures… It is all about feelings. We can literally change those feelings by visualizing the desired long-term effect and impact by acting now.

Our subconscious mind represses memories and any unresolved negative emotions. We need to understand what the underlying reason is as to why we are procrastinating.

According to Dr Friedemann Schaub, contrary to popular belief, procrastinating isn’t necessarily a sign of laziness or lack of motivation. The most common reasons why people procrastinate are overwhelm, lack of confidence and fear of potential failure, judgement or any other kind of discomfort. In this regard procrastination is a survival pattern, which is created by the subconscious mind to use evasion, denial, and ignorance to keep us safe.

Knowing this about the subconscious mind, it’s fair to say that a lack of self-confidence plays a big part in why we procrastinate.

We may doubt our ability to successfully stop smoking, often by replaying in our minds those failed attempts to stop smoking that we may have experienced in the past.

That, fueled with feelings, creates behaviors that are not conducive to our desired outcome. The subconscious mind is motivationally very powerful, having a direct line to that portion of the brain where our basic emotions arise.

Wisdom vs Knowledge

A Smoker intellectually knows he/she shouldn’t smoke, but that knowledge hasn’t yet penetrated to become Wisdom—to become, in essence, action.

 

Action never arises from knowledge alone. It arises from knowledge that is believed.

What, then, is the difference between those three Smokers who heed their doctor’s warnings and for the first time truly understand that it’s time for them to quit and the other 97 who agree they should quit, who may even want to quit, but repeatedly fail in their attempts?

The answer lies not just in what we believe but also in the degree to which we believe it. Deeply held belief introduces a critical ingredient necessary for change.

That critical ingredient is motivation.

On average only 3 out of every 100 smokers told by their doctors to quit will succeed in establishing long-term abstinence.

Despite our preconceived expectations, most Smokers won’t listen. Clearly, we have no way of predicting which 3 out of every 100 will in fact listen and act on it.

Some people can digest intellectual knowledge and translate it into deep and motivating belief, They must embrace and nurture the belief that they must change their behavior despite all the obstacles—and some simply can’t.

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

I believe that there are two possible approaches to the practice of smoking cessation. The first involves diligently providing appropriate advice about smoking cessation. I have endevoured to do that throughout this site.

The second approach, however, involves encouraging Smokers to challenge their deeply held beliefs that, in my view, obstruct their ability to change maladaptive behaviors.

Smokers know that they need to quit, but feeling that quitting is such a difficult hurdle that it is nearly impossible is what, for them, really makes it impossible….

And that is part of the problem with the addiction: It distorts reality up to the point where you truly feel that there is no way you can beat it.

Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities.

Take responsibility for your own success and happiness.

Solutions

Successfully quitting smoking involves becoming interested in the beliefs Smokers hold that keep them trapped in harmful behavior patterns.

It involves embracing a view of the human mind that recognizes all behavior arises out of belief .

If we could only help Smokers find their way to wisdom, their lives might then become governed by actions that lead to happiness and joy rather than pain and suffering.

Embrace your fears, they no longer serve you any purpose.

Dedication is key here. Keep at it and see the Magic that you can create.

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Smoking Addiction Recovery

So one morning we woke up and suddenly found ourselves helplessly addicted to nicotine…. Our world had changed…. Nicotine is our new Master… What now?

What causes smoking addiction and what can we do about it?… Where can we find smoking addiction help? What do we know about smoking addiction recovery?

Let’s be clear. We are talking about nicotine addiction recovery, regardless of the vehicle used to ingest the nicotine.

How this Happens

When nicotine enters the brain, it causes a release of chemicals, most notably Dopamine and Serotonin. These are known as “Feel Good” drugs.

The euphoric effect is short lived and we begin to withdraw from the drugs. This means we need more nicotine in order to get more Serotonin and Dopamine. This causes a constant up & down yo-yo effect.… This is addiction.

Over time, chemical changes occur in our brains. The addiction becomes further entrenched and our thinking becomes warped. Our sickened brains now tell us lies to justify continuing harmful behavior, despite clearly dangerous consequences.

If the Smoker/Vapor is under the age of 25, this danger is further magnified because the human brain is still developing.

One of those untruths is a denial that we are addicted and another is a denial of the power of nicotine.

Vapors very often go so far as to even call nicotine “weak”, “harmless”, and “non-addictive”.

Denial

This denial is further reinforced by Smokers who turn to Vaping “to quit smoking”. What they are really engaging in is Harm Reduction…. Harm Reduction may be somewhat beneficial, but until the Nicotine-Serotonin-Dopamine cycle is broken, we have not honestly and truly “stopped smoking”.

Harm Reduction means “less harmful”.. It does not mean “safe”. We are not safe until we truly break the addiction cycle.

The amount of nicotine in any particular brand of cigarettes tends to be fairly consistent, therefore “controlled”… Not so with Vaping.

Vaping allows for much stronger hits of nicotine than cigarettes and the frequency with which a Vapor “takes a hit” usually will far surpass a Smoker’s frequency of intake.

E-cigs have a very real potential to deliver far more nicotine than a cigarette. That means more Dopamine is released…

It’s really the Dopamine that we as Smokers and Vapors crave… This is the root cause of our addiction…

To make matters worse, the Vapor has the additional ability to really crank up the Dopamine thereby further deepening the addiction.

Temporary Withdrawal

Our biggest obstacle to quitting smoking is ourselves…. As soon as we decide to stop smoking, the addiction rears it’s ugly head and immediately tries to talk us out of the decision to stop…

This causes deep conflict within ourselves and it is this very conflict is what causes the temporary withdrawal from tobacco that we must go through in order to successfully stop smoking.

The withdrawal occurs due to the deep conflict that a Smoker goes through when trying to stop. That conflict will manifest itself in a variety of ways and will be dependent on each person’s individual experience.

Every time you begin to withdraw from the last cigarette that you smoked, you will feel uncomfortable due to nicotine withdrawal. As an active Smoker, you will relieve that discomfort by lighting up.

Over time, your addicted mind will perceive and treat that relief as pleasure…. Relief of discomfort is not pleasure.

Symptoms

The symptoms of temporary withdrawal will vary from person to person.

The thing to remember about temporary withdrawal is that it is only an uncomfortable experience. It is not “pain” or “agony”. It is only uncomfortable and it is definitely temporary.

Conclusions

Smoking is not a habit… It is an addiction.

That is the bold truth and it is true about you as a Smoker.

Nicotine binds to receptors in the brain to release Dopamine and Serotonin… These “Feel Good” drugs are what we really crave and, over time, they warp and distort our thinking.

In order to successfully and permanently stop smoking or vaping, it is essential that we retrain that thinking.

There is nothing at all pleasurable about smoking.

The choice is inescapable… Delaying the choice IS a choice… It is a choice to continue to smoke.

We can choose between the permanent state of addiction and all of its attendant consequences, or we can choose to face the unreasonable fear of withdrawal and deal with it for 48-72 hours and have permanent recovery from the addiction.

It’s a very low price to pay for all those fantastic benefits from stopping smoking.

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Causes of Smoking Addiction

It probably started innocently enough. It may have started as an impressionable Teen. We want to “Be Cool” in front of our friends. We thought it made us look “Grown Up”. So we continued to smoke with seeming impunity.

Then we woke up one day and suddenly we “Needed to have it”….

We had crossed the line to addiction.

How Did This Happen?

The causes of smoking are in our thinking. It is not the nicotine. The nicotine simply releases the brain chemical Dopamine into our system.

Dopamine is known as the “Feel Good” drug. We crave the Dopamine. The nicotine attaches itself to brain receptors and releases the Dopamine.

The constant release of Dopamine has changed our brain chemistry and the way we think about it. This is why you see Smokers relapse after long periods of not smoking…. The nicotine is gone after 72 hours… It isn’t the nicotine.

Many Smokers relapse after long periods of not smoking because they have not treated the cause of the problem. They have only treated the symptom.

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.

Using NRT of any kind (including vaping) is an attempt to get the benefits of not smoking without dealing with the mental process necessary to truly stopping. It simply amounts to little more than switching addictions.

                

By the time an individual grows dependent on their substance(s) of choice, both their body and mind is reliant on the substances, which has now become full-blown addiction.

Smoking Addiction Symptoms

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance (DABDA) are the 5 stages of drug addiction recovery.

Yes, these are also the 5 stages of Grief. We actually grieve the loss of smoking just as we grieve the loss of a Loved One.

This is the Insanity of Denial and the insanity of Addiction.

Nicotine is the chemical in tobacco that keeps you smoking. Nicotine that gets into your body through cigarettes activates structures normally present in your brain called receptors.

When these receptors 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 do Non-Smokers.

Denial and Addiction

Throwing away cigarettes and ashtrays, etc is of no help whatsoever…

I learned something about Denial and that only Honesty will defeat Denial. Until I could get Honest, I couldn’t recover from my own addiction. This will become a key concept for you, too.

As Smokers, we lie to ourselves continually. ( This is necessary to continuing the poor behavior,) We do not want to face the truth and we do not want to take responsibility for our own actions.

An even more important reason lies in the psychological damage we have done to ourselves. If we throw away the cigarettes, we do not smoke only for as long as there are no cigarettes to smoke.

As soon as they become available, we smoke because we have not trained the mind on “How to Not Smoke”.

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.

For example, if you regularly smoke when you drink alcohol, or when you are in a stressful situation, or after a meal, the nicotine receptors in your brain anticipate the dopamine rush from nicotine at that time.

These “trigger” situations can cause intense cravings for a cigarette, even if you have stopped smoking for several months or even many years.

The good news is that once you stop smoking entirely, the number of nicotine receptors in your brain will eventually return to normal.

Solutions

An approach that uses no drugs should be the preferred approach. It is best to limit those choices to Behavior Modification, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, or Abstinence Psychotherapy.

Since we cannot ever control what might or might not trigger an urge, evasion of the problem usually fails, sooner or later.

Only by treating the errant thinking are we able to successfully stop smoking in the long term.

Support and guidance from a tobacco dependence treatment program can help you learn how to change your thinking and your subsequent behavior in ways that increase your chances of staying smoke-free.

An effective long term solution is to directly treat the faulty thinking so that we can be at peace with ourselves and enjoy being Ex-Smokers under any and all circumstances.

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Quitting Smoking without Willpower

When we speak with a Smoker who has just tried and failed to stop smoking, they usually say that they failed due to insufficient “Willpower”…. They are discovering that Repression simply does not work.

What if we took a different approach?

What would you say if I told you that you could quit smoking without any Willpower whatsoever?

Interested ?

You read it right… It’s True…. Abstinence Psychotherapy really works!

So let’s take the next step and take a look at Motivation and the Thought Processes behind that motivation.

Reasons to Not Smoke

1.) Health – According to the CDC, smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the World today. It is also the single major cause of most diseases.

Fortunately, the inevitable tragedy of smoking can be interrupted and replaced with the positive and wonderful benefits of stopping smoking. And the benefits just get better and better over time.

2.) Money – When looking at the real cost of smoking, one must consider not just the price per pack, but all the peripheral costs must also be taken into consideration.

Other costs that are usually not factored in are skyrocketing medical costs, rising insurance premiums, and the costs of burned clothing, furniture, and other casualties.

3.) Slavery (Addiction)- As a Smoker, I hated the slavery of needing a cigarette as soon as I woke up and even before my feet hit the floor in the morning. It controlled me all day and all night.

I could think of nothing else until the Demon had been satiated. I had to have “My Fix”.

4.) Social – Missed social opportunities such as dating, enjoying a movie uninterrupted, or enjoying a meal with friends or family without leaving to smoke has become the norm. Smokers have become Pariahs, social outcasts.

Smokers also spend long hours alone smoking that could be better spent in activities such as spending more time with the family, being more productive, or having fun with friends.

Busting the Myths

Myth #1…… Smokers need willpower to quit

A Smoker will not quit until he or she wants to quit.

Actually, Smokers often fear stopping smoking because they perceive stopping as worse than smoking. This causes the procrastination that will surely defeat a Smoker every time.

Of course, this is not true. It is a product of what we have done to our own minds over the course of our smoking lives.

Only when we say ” I’m Done with this ! “ do we take the very small step that changes our lives significantly for the better…

Ironically, it is only then that we discover that we succeed simply by making a choice and a commitment to ourselves.

Myth #2….. Smokers believe they smoke because they choose to.

Smokers smoke because the nicotine releases a brain chemical known as Dopamine. Dopamine is a “Feel Good” drug. We crave the Dopamine, not the nicotine. The nicotine simply releases it into the body.

This is why you see people often relapse after many years off smoking… It isn’t because of the nicotine… Nicotine is gone in less than 72 hours.

               

Myth #3….. Patches, Pills and Gums work….

Pharmaceutical cessation products continue to attract support disproportionate to their usefulness. This distracts attention from the reality that the most common and most effective methods used by most ex-smokers still remains unassisted cessation. Drug-free methods still head the list.

Smokers say they “suffer” because they believe they are making a terrible sacrifice… Using drugs to stop using that very same drug only prolongs the addiction and intensifies the withdrawal symptoms.

Myth #4 … Quitting is hard…

As Smokers, we fear the temporary withdrawal and the opportunity it gives us to break the addiction once and for all. We need not fear temporary withdrawal. It is our bodies going through healthy changes.

Realize that there is nothing to “Give up”… Trying to get back to that constant up and down of the Dopamine induced state of relaxation that non-smokers naturally and continually enjoy every day of their lives gives us that false illusion.

The only thing preventing our success is another dose of nicotine… One Puff and it’s all over.

               

 

What Does All This Mean?

The brain has been chemically altered and must be treated if we are to be successful over the long term. This is where Abstinence Psychotherapy comes into play. It is also the root reason for its huge success.

I employ Abstinence Psychotherapy with my students because it treats the damage done to our thinking so that we can remain healthy Non-Smokers for as long as we choose to.

It means that you will never again smoke another cigarette without consciously and deliberately lighting up.

              

It means that you will finally be in control of your own choices.

Conclusions

A desire to stop smoking is necessary to the successful consummation of the process, but it is only the beginning. That desire has zero impact unless we immediately follow through with a Decision to Stop.

Making that choice and immediately following through is the key.

Procrastination is the ONLY thing stopping us from better health… Crazy, Huh?

 

The single most effective method that I endorse is Abstinence Psychotherapy.

Over the course of a Smoker’s life, the brain chemistry changes. Abstinence Psychotherapy treats the thinking processes that will otherwise lead a Smoker back to smoking long after the nicotine is gone.

The good news is that Abstinence Psychotherapy is available right here. Right NOW…. Without Willpower.

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Kicking the Smoking Habit

Data gathered in 2017 indicates that roughly 34 million Americans still smoke. And according to the latest CDC data, an estimated 480,000 Americans die each year due to cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, .

Historic Trends

Fifty years ago, it seemed impossible to imagine a world where less than 15 percent of adults smoked. At the time, roughly 42 percent of American adults lit up, and smoking was a normal part of everyday life.

You could smoke at work, in restaurants and bars, and on planes. You could buy cigarettes from vending machines.

Tobacco was glamorously portrayed in the movies and on TV and advertised on billboards lining the highways.

Surgeon General

That started to change in 1964 when the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and health. The landmark report concluded that smoking causes lung and throat cancer.

Additionally, it went on to identify smoking as a major cause of health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, and circulation problems.

This was the catalyst for creation of policies that would change the tobacco landscape.

Breaking the smoking habit for better health now became a National priority.

But the decline in smoking rates didn’t happen overnight. It took time for anti-smoking campaigns and policies to unfold, Furthermore, quitting the highly addictive products required tools and resources that did not yet exist.

The Problem

Cigarette smoking remains the single most important avoidable cause of death in the developed world.

Many smokers are unable – or at least unwilling – to achieve cessation through complete nicotine and tobacco abstinence. They continue smoking despite the very real and obvious adverse health consequences.

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

Nicotine stimulates specialized receptors in the brain which produce both euphoric and sedative effects. It has been known for many years that nicotine shares many features of drug dependence with other dangerous drugs such as opioids, alcohol and cocaine. They also share disappointing patterns of relapse.

And cutting down is not as beneficial as it may seem. Half measures don’t work with nicotine addiction.

For men, smoking just one cigarette a day raised a person’s risk of heart disease by 48% on average over a non-smoker, while smoking 20 cigarettes a day doubled the risk.

It was even worse for women: Having one daily cigarette increased their heart disease risk by 57%, while smoking 20 cigarettes a day raised the risk by 2.8 times.

The Solution

There is clear evidence that smokers of any age can reap substantial health benefits by quitting. In fact, it has been suggested that no other single public health effort is likely to achieve a benefit comparable to large-scale smoking cessation.

So the question then becomes one of how to stop entirely.

Many have turned to vaping, however, at Stop for Life, we do not advocate this course of action as a long term solution. I go into this subject in further detail in several other articles published here, so for now, suffice it to say that it is best avoided.

Neither do we recommend any prescriptions, pills. patches, or potions because most contain nicotine in one form or another.

Using nicotine to break a nicotine addiction is the action of desperate Smokers. Furthermore, it puts the Smoker into a constant state of low-grade drug withdrawal, strengthens and intensifies that withdrawal, and makes it harder to stop.

What You Must Do Now

Choices among drug-free cessation methods are not as limited as they may appear. Drug-Free methods including Behavior Modification, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, or Abstinence Psychotherapy are all far better choices.

If we want to live a longer, happier, healthier life, then we have to take action or all is for naught.

It’s time to make a commitment to ourselves to step up and take action.

Our Families, Children, and Grandchildren will be grateful that we did and we will be grateful to be around for a few more years to enjoy them.

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Harm Reduction Therapy

On September 12, 2018 the United States FDA served notice on Juul Corporation to produce evidence that their product was not targeting Teens. Juul’s claims that they are merely practicing harm reduction therapy are coming under fire.

They were given 60 Days to make their case… Since Sept 12th, Juul has changed its website and marketing to focus on smoking cessation.

They also added a nicotine warning label and started an advertising campaign aimed at Smokers.

On September 28th, Juul’s offices were raided and, per the FDA, “Thousands of marketing documents” were confiscated.

Follow the Money

As a result, Juul Investors are trying to appear to draw a moral line in the sand regarding the targeting of Teens.

But while investors are beginning to shun Juul, which is now under a federal investigation for its advertising practices, they have signed checks investing in other nicotine start-ups.

Those include Lucy, billing itself as a nicotine gum company, and Ro, a so-called cloud pharmacy company that sells nicotine gum as part of smoking cessation kits.

Looking at one of its product images below, Lucy may soon be drawing the attention of the FDA as well.

 

The trick to getting Investors for so-called “vice” products seems to be positioning them as health and wellness products.

Additionally and perhaps more importantly, the largest Vape market is Teens by far…. This indicates that Vaping may be encouraging addiction more than to prevent or alleviate it.

Harm Reduction Therapy

As a core goal, harm reduction supports any steps in the right direction. At Stop for Life, we join Critics who contend that harm reduction somehow enables or excuses poor choices.

Harm reduction therapy techniques vary from client to client, depending on the goals of that particular client. For that reason, any ubiquitous harm reduction treatment model is difficult or perhaps even impossible to establish.

Let’s put on our thinking caps.

It is our belief that total abstinence should be the ultimate goal. Such a goal is the only way to avoid all negative consequences associated with the use of nicotine.

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

Practicing harm reduction psychotherapy embraces the full range of harm-reducing goals including, but not limited to, abstinence.

By accepting goals other than abstinence as starting places for treatment, harm reduction opens the door to this group of people in a way that traditional abstinence-oriented approaches do not….

It ignores the very real option of total abstinence.

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.

Abstinence Psychotherapy

While I can at least partly appreciate some points made in favor of HRT, I am a staunch advocate of complete abstinence.

So yes, I do discourage switching to Vaping as it has the potential to impede the Smoker trying to stop rather than to help.

Vaping has been embraced by Teens in astonishing numbers… For many of these Teens, it is proving to be a gateway to tobacco…

Had not it been for Vaping, these Teens might well be healthy Non-Smokers.

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

It certainly is a complex issue and as the Juul investigation unfolds, I think we will see the dynamics of the vaping industry changing somewhat dramatically in the near future.

Conclusions

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy employs continued use of nicotine…. Abstinence is usually not one of its goals.

Abstinence Psychotherapy, Behavior Modification, and Hypnosis are the most widely used drug-free methods.

Smokers who are not aware that Abstinence Psychotherapy exists are unaware of a better solution.

This has the potential to handicap Smokers who are looking for a real solution… A solution that addresses and solves the problem of nicotine addiction.

You may seek to escape the slavery of gratifying a nicotine addiction in any form…. Maybe you prefer to live a life totally free of nicotine addiction….

If you want to be completely addiction free to enjoy spending many more years living a quality life with your loved ones and others who care about you, then you are in the right place.

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How Do I Stop Smoking?

How many times have we heard ourselves say ” I know that I should stop smoking, but I don’t know how.” ?

Isn’t “How do I stop smoking?” a question that we ask ourselves almost every time we light up?

Wouldn’t it be nice to stop obsessing about it and actually find ways that you can stop smoking ?

Well…. You found it… You have found an effective drug-free method right here…. Read on….

How Do I Know I Can Stop?

If you can follow a few simple directions, anyone can stop smoking. The causes of smoking are in your thinking.

We will introduce you to the concept of Abstinence Psychotherapy​ and we give you all the tools you will need to change your thinking for effective long term results….

This is a psychological approach that employs no drugs, vapes, behavior modification, or aversion therapy.

The techniques that you will learn here will last for a lifetime.

Will I Gain Weight?

Will you gain weight when you stop smoking?

No, not unless you substitute food. This approach does not recommend any substitutions.

We will teach you precise techniques that will enable you to stop smoking without gaining weight.

Special diets in preparation of stopping smoking are not necessary.

Will I be Irritable?

A smoker’s life is controlled by nicotine. Nicotine makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you feel sad and makes you feel satisfied. All of your emotions are hostage to nicotine.

Smoking releases dopamine to your brain. Dopamine is a “Feel Good” drug and your brain is conditioned to receive “dopamine stimulation” every 1-2 hours.

When we stop smoking, imbalances can cause people to engage in a range of behaviors, especially to react irritably to the loss of nicotine.

At Stop for Life, we understand these challenges and have a plan to help you to cope.

What if I have Smoked Most of My Life?

It does not matter how long you have smoked, how much you smoke, or how many people around you smoke.

These techniques will work for anyone, at any time, under any conditions or circumstances.

What Support Can I Expect from You?

You will be supplied with comprehensive step-by-step instructions.

The course of study and application will span 5 days….

You will stop on Day #3.

Days #4 & #5 will be spent reinforcing your decision to stop smoking.

What is My Guarantee?

We guarantee that you will stop for as long as you choose to stop.

The choice will be yours alone…. You will be in complete control.

You will never return to smoking without making a conscious and deliberate choice to smoke.

Is it affordable?

In almost every case, the cost will be less than what you probably spent yesterday on cigarettes.

By acting today, you will never again have to spend your hard-earned money by burning it up in smoke.

Why You Must Act Now

The only thing standing in your way right now from becoming an Ex-Smoker  3 days from now is Procrastination…

Procrastination is the Killer of all Ambition.

Success is found at the crossroads of Opportunity and Preparedness.

You will never be more prepared than you are right now.

Don’t miss this Opportunity…. It may never pass this way again.

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Stress and Smoking

What is the relationship between stress and smoking? Stress is thought to influence the use of drugs, including cigarette smoking, but the mechanisms by which it does so are not clear.

Many people who smoke say that they smoke to relieve stress or that they smoke more when experiencing stress. People who have quit smoking say that stress is the number one reason for relapse.

Psychological stress influences the development of substance dependence, including tobacco dependence.

Smoking cigarettes to relieve stress promotes the opposite effect. Smoking actually increases stress, which further drives continued smoking. Stress is an urge to smoke which is magnified.

Biologists explain stress as a negative feeling you experience when your body does not appropriately respond to a threat.Psychosocial stress refers to a specific type of stress you experience that originates from any type of interaction with people.Stress may manifest itself in many different ways,

Smoking as Stress Reliever

Smoking does not relieve stress or boredom. Actually, the opposite is true… We talk about smoking out of boredom, when actually we are smoking due to an urge to smoke that we are not recognizing as such… Same with Stress.

When a person smokes, nicotine reaches the brain in a few seconds and causes the release of a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine causes feelings of pleasure and relaxation, a sensation the body craves again and again.

When a Smoker experiences an urge to smoke, he/she begins to withdraw from their last nicotine “fix”…. Then, they smoke to relieve the discomfort of that addiction withdrawal. This happens again and again several times daily every single day over the course of the Smoker’s lifetime.

Over time, the addicted mind perceives this relief of discomfort as pleasure. Through the same rose-colored-glasses process, Smokers falsely equate stress and the relief of it as “Relaxing”.

Fun Ways to Relieve Stress

One of the most common ways to relieve stress uses exercise as stress reliever. It increases lung capacity, boosts circulation, makes us feel good physically, and gives us an overall sense of well-being and accomplishment.

Walking to relieve stress is an activity that many people incorporate into their daily activities. Removing smoking from our lives gives us the opportunity to slow things down so we can enjoy and appreciate our surroundings. Enjoy your newfound peace and serenity. Take time to smell the roses.

Music is also stress relieving, especially Classical or Smooth Jazz. Without words to focus on, we can fully relax and appreciate the good feelings we are experiencing as a Non-Smoker.

If you prefer meditation to relieve stress, the internet is full of lots of relaxing choices. Maybe you like seashore sounds or the sounds of falling water. Use the natural stress relief of meditation and visualization to visit the most relaxing places on Earth.

The Final Step

Stress relief is only one of a myriad of benefits that we get to enjoy when we stop smoking. Relieving the stress and the obsessions associated with smoking are only the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment.

You owe it to yourself to reap these benefits and so much more.

Take the action Today.

Procrastination is the killer of all ambition…. Take charge…. Make it happen.

Make the decision Right Now to change your life.

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Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

With the explosive growth of Vaping, we are confronted with several important health questions: Are E-Cigarettes safe? Are we using Vaping to stop smoking cigarettes? Exactly how safe are E-Cigarettes? What are the Risks of Vaping?

Are E-Cigarettes safe?

None of them are “Safe”, they are only relatively dangerous. No drug addiction is “Safe”.

Smoking and vaping are BOTH dangerous. You are probably confusing relative danger with real safety.

The addicted mind, suffering from unchecked Denial, will latch on to this misconception and begin to view the less dangerous route as a safe one. It is not.

Putting foreign substances in your body that have no medicinal value whatsoever is an unnatural act. Any justification for doing so is simply addictive thinking…

What are the Risks of Vaping?

An October 2017 study suggests that Vaping could be damaging lungs in a unique way. There is a growing body of research to suggest “vaping” may have its own set of unique harmful effects.

While E-Cigarette aerosol certainly doesn’t contain the same kinds of carcinogenic compounds as tobacco, the key factor to consider here is that many previous studies have primarily examined the harm of e-cigarettes in relation to the harmful characteristics of cigarettes.

This approach does not consider the unique or novel ways the e-cigarettes themselves could be causing harm.

E-Cigarette use is currently being studied to monitor and measure immune responses in the lung that can contribute to inflammatory lung diseases.

What harmful chemicals are in E-Cigs?

The US Surgeon General lists several known harmful and potentially harmful ingredients:

  • ultra fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease.
  • volatile organic compounds.
  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.

Most of these chemicals, and some new ones, are still present in e-Cigarettes, which means they are still very risky.

Do E-Cigarettes cause Cancer?

We do not yet know the answer to this conclusively, but we do know that Vaping damages our DNA.

This type of damage, called a DNA adduct, occurs when toxic chemicals, such as acrolein, react with DNA.

If the cell does not repair the damage so that normal DNA replication can take place, cancer could result.

Head and Neck Cancer Researchers at the University of California at San Diego found that cells lining human organs sustained up to twice the DNA damage seen in unexposed cells.

Why E-Cigarettes can’t help you “Quit Smoking”

Let’s define “Quitting Smoking”.

When we try to quit smoking cigarettes, we are trying to break an addiction to the nicotine that causes the dangerous behavior. E-Cigs are considered tobacco products because most contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco.

Many people who vape began to do so using vaping as their “bridge” motivation to stop smoking . They used E-cigs as a method and means to quit smoking . The problem is, they never did really quit .

They are still inhaling heated chemicals into their entire respiratory system. They are still causing serious health dangers to their entire bodies. They are still ingesting large quantities of nicotine . They have only switched addictions.

Using E-Cigs to stop smoking has the same effect as switching seats on the Titanic.

Switching addictions is not a healthy solution.

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Second Hand Smoking Effects

One of the biggest health concerns surrounding cigarettes is secondhand smoke. Despite current laws and social pressures which contribute to an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, second hand smoking effects on others around us still remains a significant health problem.

Many Nonsmokers remain exposed to SHS in workplaces, public places, homes, and vehicles.

In children, secondhand smoke dangers include severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Crib Death).

Who is Affected?

A breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke. Exposure remained high among children, blacks, and those living in poverty.

No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. It has been shown to cause coronary heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

The Surgeon General states that second hand smoke research indicates that over 50 carcinogens generated by cigarette smoke are transferred in a passive way to Non-Smokers. It further states that a Non-Smoker who lives with a Smoker increases his/her chances of lung cancer by 20-30%.

SHS exposure causes more than 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year, and approximately $5.6 billion annually in lost productivity.

Second Hand Vaping

Due to the relative newness of Vaping, data on the dangers of second hand vape residue may not be readily available. However, it should be noted that vape juice cartridges contain several carcinogens known to cause cancer.

The consumption of e-cigarettes marks a new source for chemical and aerosol exposure to Vapors and others around them.

Aerosol generated from an e-cigarette is commonly but inaccurately referred to as “vapor.”. Vapor refers to the gaseous state of a substance. In contrast, an aerosol is a suspension of fine particles of liquid, solid or both in a gas.

The aerosol that’s created when an e-cigarette heats up the e-liquid is not just water vapor, and is not harmless for either users or for others who are exposed to it secondhand.

Many adults don’t even believe that Vaping is dangerous, therefore they are oblivious to the effects Vaping has on their spouse, kids, unborn baby, and everyone else near them.

Exposure to Vaping Is especially bad for Kids. Secondhand exposure to vaping poses health risks, according to the Surgeon General. … Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs have been found in secondhand e-cigarette aerosol.

Some of the other chemicals in e-liquids and in the aerosol from e-cigarettes are known to also cause cancer in humans.

Protect Yourself and the Kids

  • Do not allow anyone to smoke anywhere in or near your home.
  • Do not allow anyone to smoke in your car, even with the window down.
  • Make sure your children’s day care centers and schools are tobacco-free.
  • If your state still allows smoking in public areas, look for restaurants and other places that do not allow smoking. “No-smoking sections” do not protect you and your family from secondhand smoke.

What else can Parents do ?

We can supplement that with educating our Teens on the truths about both smoking and vaping….

As responsible parents, we must also take responsibility to stop smoking if we ourselves are Smokers.

Kids will never listen to a scolding parent who is puffing away on a cigarette (Or Vape)…. We must set the example.

We cannot ignore our own smoking behavior. We cannot control the behavior of smokers that our kids may come into contact with, but we can and must control our own behavior.

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