Why Repression doesn’t work.

I am always pleased to see smokers quit smoking, regardless of how they stopped. The method is less important than the result. We do, however, want to stack the odds in our favor whenever possible.

I recently had a conversation with a Smoker who told me that when he gets the urge to smoke, he induces a mantra trying to convince himself that he doesn’t want to smoke…Telling himself that he doesn’t want to smoke (while actually experiencing a craving) is an attempt to convince the mind that the reality of wanting to smoke is not happening, when in fact, it actually is.

Here was my reply to this Gentleman:

This sounds like a combination of self-hypnosis and aversion therapy. These techniques will work for many 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).

Consider this:

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

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

Why not join a free open forum to discuss solutions to things like repression, weight gain, and irritability and prepare a program of concrete action that will work for you every time ?

Please join the forum and peruse the various topics. We welcome and encourage your comments and feedback.

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Risks of Smoking while Pregnant 

Risks of Smoking while Pregnant

Upon learning the Wonderful News of the Expected New Arrival, many expectant mothers squarely confront the risks of smoking while pregnant for the very first time. Often, they are surprised to learn of their absolute inability to stop ,no matter how strong the wish . 

Complicating matters is the presence of so many solutions on the market that could be harmful to the baby. Patches , Gums, and other remedies are risky for Mom as well as for the newborn. Mothers need to find a solution that will have zero negative impact on the health of Mom or Baby.

Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the mature adult body . Certainly, a developing fetus would be more at risk than even Mom. Common sense as well as maternal instinct dictate an immediate change is the only course of action.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 3 Compelling Reasons for Expectant Mothers to Stop Smoking Right Now :
1.) Smoking reduces a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.
2.) Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for pregnancy complications or miscarriage .
3.) Tobacco smoke harms babies before and after they are born.

Mom needs a solution that will help her to handle her smoking problem. Mom needs a drug-free solution to eliminate potential harm to herself or her Baby. She needs a solution that will have zero negative impact on the health of Mom or Baby.

If you are a new Mother-to-Be looking for a solution to this dilemma, a proven and effective psychological remedy , you may want to refer to some other posts on this site. You will find a step-by-step program that works without gaining weight and without acting irritably, but most importantly, it works without any harmful drugs.

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Will I gain weight if I Stop Smoking ?


According to the American Cancer Society, on the average, a smoker will gain about 10 pounds when stopping smoking.

While this is an across-the-board fact, it is NOT an across-the-board mandatory consequence of stopping smoking.

People gain weight when stopping smoking because they eat more when stopping. Simply put, they substitute food for smoking.  

There is absolutely no other way to gain weight when stopping smoking except by increased food consumption. This happens because we use food to handle the cravings. The substitution of food may work in the short run, but will not work over time. What happens is that we replace the tobacco addiction with a food addiction. Eventually, the substitution of food leads us back to smoking and now we have a weight problem in addition to a smoking problem.

Well, you ask,  What about metabolism?  Isn’t a change in metabolism the reason I gained weight ?

Yes, your metabolism DOES change, just not the way you think it does.

Your metabolism changes because you are not smoking, therefore breathing better. You have more oxygen. You feel good because you exercise more when you don’t smoke. You are more active. You take up hobbies and activities that you did not have the energy for when you were smoking. Your circulation is better. You have more energy and time to do something with that energy.

The hours that were wasted smoking become hours of active enjoyment of your benefits from not smoking .

Yes, your metabolism changed. It increased.

And that means that you should LOSE weight if you do not substitute food.

As you progress in your recovery from tobacco and nicotine, you will have more energy and will want to look into stepping up your exercise program . We suggest that you refrain from exercise only for about 10 days. After that, you may be anxious to look into  strength training , cardio exercise , or join a gym , and that is just fine.

There will also be a very strong tendency to diet. Because we teach you how to stop smoking without gaining weight , we discourage dieting until the smoking addiction is well under control. A prudent rule of thumb will be about 60 days. However, you may want to supplement your diet with good quality vitamins and herbs. You can do that at any time in the process .

Here is where you will to learn how to stop smoking without gaining weight  .

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How to Quit Smoking while Pregnant

  Every pregnant woman, upon learning the wonderful news of the anticipated arrival of a newborn baby, will almost immediately experience a major shift in thinking. Her maternal instincts will redirect her thinking in all matters in terms of what is best for the unborn child. The question of how to quit smoking while pregnant now becomes uppermost in Mom’s mind.

The driving dominant thoughts of Mom will be to place the health and welfare of the baby above all else. Therefore, learning how to stop smoking while pregnant suddenly becomes a pressing issue and a battle which Mom feels the need to win at all costs.

Pregnancy gives you a huge incentive to quit smoking, but it also complicates your choice of methods. You may not be able to quit on your own, but you also have to think twice before exposing your baby to the medications in pills and patches. So what are the best options?

Cigarettes contain many more harmful chemicals than just nicotine. Each cigarette contains around 4,000 different chemicals which go into your lungs when you inhale. Given a high enough dosage, many of these chemicals have the ability to be lethal as a stand alone drug/chemical. Once they’ve gone into the lungs, the nicotine, poisons, and carbon monoxide cross the placenta to the baby. The complications cause premature births, increased miscarriages, and a plethora of birth defects. Stopping smoking is crucial to the successful development and healthy growth of the baby.

The Good News is that women no longer need to risk smoking while pregnant. There is also no longer the need to jeopardize the health of the newborn with the stop smoking aids on the market now. Patches, Gums, and prescription drugs used in the quest to stop smoking are still detrimental to the baby.

Fortunately, these are no longer the only alternatives.

Additional information on the risks of smoking while pregnant can also be found on this site.

Visit us for a safe, effective, and drug-free method to quit smoking .

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How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes

How to stop smoking cigarettes

If you want to learn how to stop smoking cigarettes , you must be prepared to do some work. Stopping smoking is not easy, but the fantastic benefits of stopping smoking are well worth the effort.

The thing to remember about tobacco withdrawal symptoms is that any symptoms associated with stopping smoking are only temporary. Remember that the tobacco withdrawal timeline is only 48-72 hours from the time it starts.

Important Instructions

1.) Eat as you normally would.

Do not go on a diet in anticipation of gaining weight once you have stopped. We will teach you how to stop smoking without changing your present eating patterns and habits. Weight gain comes solely from eating more food and you will learn how to stop smoking without increasing your food intake. You will not gain weight while quitting smoking with this program. This is only one of the many health benefits of stopping smoking using the Stop for Life method .

2.) Smoke as you normally would.

Cutting down will not help you. Cutting down only creates anxiety about stopping smoking and anxiety when quitting smoking is easily handled through use of the Stop for Life quitting techniques.

3.) Keep stopping smoking to yourself.

Telling others will not help you. This is a good selfish thing that you are doing for yourself and you need to keep it to yourself. Telling others will only solicit a lot of bad advice. It didn’t work in the past and it won’t work now.

What’s Next ?

Ok… So now we know that all of the fantastic benefits of quitting smoking cigarettes can be had by simply developing a willingness to follow instructions. In order to develop and retain the necessary motivation, it will be crucial to identify what are the benefits of quitting smoking.

Start that list TODAY. … Right now .

Keep that benefits list handy as you continue to identify and add to the benefits. You will need to refer to that list over the next few days as you navigate through the Stop for Life program lessons. The benefits will only materialize by working for them. Once the list is complete, you will now be prepared to begin Lesson One .

If you want to learn how to stop smoking cigarettes , taking the next step right now will greatly improve your chances of success .

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Doesn’t smoking make you relax?

Doesn’t smoking make you relax?

Smoking doesn’t calm your nerves,  The idea that smoking calms yours nerves and decreases anxiety pervades our culture. … In much the same way that drinking alcohol (a depressant) actually increases feelings of depression, smoking cigarettes may actually increase feelings of anxiety.

Nicotine causes a spike in your heart rate and blood pressure making your heart work harder. The cigarette appears to relax you because the nicotine removes the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms caused by smoking, and causes a brief hit of a brain-reward chemical called dopamine.

Many people who smoke do so because they believe it calms them down. This is because nicotine is a mood-altering drug and it seems to smolder feelings of frustration, anger, and anxiety when it’s inhaled. When we smoke, we do so to get relief from those feelings of frustration, anger, and anxiety. Over time, we begin to perceive that relief as relaxation and pleasure. The perception of relaxation is only a powerful illusion.

One of the most treasured benefits that I hear from my students is the everyday calmness, peace of mind, and feelings of well-being that breaks and replaces this vicious cycle.

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What feelings have you dealt with while trying to stop smoking?

The Grouch Effect

In your past attempts to stop smoking, did you find yourself “Climbing the walls”? Did you find yourself reacting negatively to situations that were previously no problem for you to handle before? Did you find yourself “Biting people’s heads off” ?

Usually. the moment a smoker begins to withdraw from nicotine, they become cranky, irritable and unpleasant to be around. Abstain for too long and they get outright angry. It isn’t the mood swings, irritability, and anger that cause a smoker to fail. Rather, it is the smoker’s lack of preparedness and planning .

Insomnia, depression, caffeine and alcohol addiction can all lead to severe mood swings and irritability. It is not uncommon for smokers to be affected by such conditions and when a smoker quits, these conditions will likely worsen without help.

Every ex smoker had to suffer through intense mood swings as they healed from nicotine addiction. This is no longer necessary to stopping smoking. Irritability and mood swings are simply not a justifiable reason to continue smoking. There is a solution.

By coming up with effective strategies to manage the anger, frustration and anxiety, a smoker can heal and become a calm, happy ex smoker. Here is more info on these strategies and how to accomplish this .

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What about Irritability ?

What about irritability ?

When nicotine levels in the blood start falling, you feel a craving to smoke and in order to maintain the nicotine level we smoke at specific intervals. Usually every one to two hours.

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 your emotions are hostage of nicotine.

The nicotine in the cigarettes take hostage of neuro-chemicals in the brain especially Dopamine.

Dopamine is the chemical responsible for making you feel good.

When Dopamine become a hostage of nicotine your “feel good factor” is in the hands of cigarettes.

Then cigarette becomes a mandatory companion in every activity.

You don’t feel enjoyment in a particular activity if it is not accompanied by cigarettes.

But unfortunately, very soon this chemical change in your brain make you a habitual smoker and you become a drug addict.

After some years you don’t enjoy your cigarettes, you just smoke because you have to smoke.

Now once you quit, there’s no one to make you feel “happy”.

This is because your brain is conditioned to receive “dopamine simulation” every 1-2 hours.

Another popular theory is that these temporary effects eventually cause the brain to lose its ability to regulate dopamine levels. Since dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a central role in generating feelings of pleasure and reward, imbalances can cause people to engage a range of harmful behaviors.

That’s the reason ex-smokers feel departed as if part of you is being left behind.That’s the reason they feel depressed.

That’s the reason they can’t control their emotions.

That’s the reason that their entire physiology is out of balance.

If you want to quit smoking without all the emotional yuck, without reacting irritably, you will want to check this out .

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Will I be stopping ” Cold Turkey ” ?

To many, cold turkey conjures up visions of torturous pain, suffering and general drudgery. In fact, it is easier to stop smoking using the cold turkey method than by using any other technique. Cold turkey induces less suffering and creates a shorter period of withdrawal. Most important, cold turkey is the approach by which the smoker has the best chance of success.

Smokers must recognize that they are drug addicts. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug. Once the smoker has smoked for a fairly long time, the body requires maintenance of a certain level of nicotine in the bloodstream. If this level is not maintained, the smoker will experience varying degrees of drug withdrawal. The lower the level, the greater the intensity.

As long as any nicotine remains in the bloodstream the body will keep craving its full complement. Once the smoker quits, their nicotine level will drop to zero within three days, and they will have moved beyond peak withdrawal. Within 48-72 hours from the time it starts, all symptoms of physical withdrawal will cease.

Cravings for an occasional cigarette may continue, but this is due to past psychological conditioning and not to a physical dependence.

Cutting down on cigarettes or use of nicotine replacement strategies throws the smoker into a chronic state of drug withdrawal. As soon as the smoker fails to reach the minimum requirement of nicotine, the body starts demanding it.

Studies show that as long as there is any nicotine in the bloodstream, the body will demand its old requirement. Smoking just one or two a day or wearing a patch which is gradually reducing the amount of nicotine being delivered will result in the smoker not achieving the minimum required level, creating a chronic state of peak drug withdrawal.

This state will continue throughout the rest of the smoker’s life unless one of two steps is taken to rectify it.

First, the smoker can stop delivering nicotine altogether. Nicotine will be metabolized or totally excreted from the body and the withdrawal will stop forever. Or, the smoker can return to the old level of consumption accomplishing nothing.

Therefore, cold turkey is the method of choice. Once the smoker stops, withdrawal will end within 48-72 hours .

If you smoke, we can help you over this crucial period of time. Once it is past, you can rest assured that you will never need to smoke again . Then, to stay off you will simply need to remember to Never Take Another Puff!

Your body will be going through some healthy changes which may be helped with a good nutrition and vitamin program.

Why would we put off getting healthy, right ?

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What about Triggers ?

You may say “I failed in the past because of my triggers”.

Let’s get something clear.

You will never be able to successfully avoid triggers because they can appear in many forms.Some will be common to other smokers and some will be unique to you, your lifestyle, and your approach.Therefore, when an unexpected trigger hits, the smoker has no defense against it.

Below are listed some of the more common triggers.

  • Drinking coffee
  • Finishing a meal
  • Driving your car
  • Using the phone
  • Stressful situations
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Social events
  • After sex

What if I told you that a trigger was a good thing when stopping smoking ?

What if I showed you how to use the trigger to assist in your efforts to stop ?

What if I showed you how to actually be positive about experiencing a trigger ?

What if I showed you a technique that works that you probably never heard of ?

If you would like to find out more about how to take advantage of these triggers and turn them into helpful tools, feel free to join the discussion .

How have Triggers affected your attempts in the past?
What did you do about them?


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