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 to fail.

It is also the reason that NRT solutions involving prescriptions, patches, pills, and potions have such low success rates.

Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Replies to “Quitting Smoking is Not Hard”

  1. I love your article. And I totally agree, it is more psychological than anything. My husband  used to smoke about 20 years ago. According to him, it really wasn’t that difficult once he finally made the decision to quit. One has to really make a soulful decision to quit. Set your mind and make your will power stronger than your desire.

    1. Hi Sheila,

      The hardest part about quitting smoking is making the decision to stop procrastinating. The rest is fairly easy.

      Congratulations to your husband.

  2. You’ve done a great job here explaining the facts about the different ways we become addicted to smoking. I’m a smoker right now and have no real intentions of giving up, but I know somewheer down the line I will. This has already given me some inspiration and it makes things very clear about what I will face but also the knowledge to know exactly why I crave a Ciggy.

    Thanks mate

    Paul

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