Cigarettes contain nicotine, and nicotine is believed to be quite addictive, harmful and only has a very short duration of effect. So it’s well worth quitting, but for many it’s very hard.
Cigarettes contain nicotine, a substance found naturally in tobacco. It affects the brain quickly when inhaled and may seem to cause a sense of temporary relaxation or anxiety alleviation. Nicotine may also elevate your mood and your heart rate, but this feeling is only temporary. After your body rids itself of the drug, you start to crave another cigarette.
Shortly after you finish smoking a cigarette, your body begins to show signals of withdrawal. You begin to crave another cigarette to overwhelm these symptoms, beginning a vicious cycle of dependence. Most smokers experience the first signs of withdrawal within hours of their last cigarette
It might seem difficult to find new approaches to handle your stress. Do you catch a smoke when you’re feeling stressed or nervous? Strain, whether it’s from your work, relationships, caregiving burdens or simply plain fast paced living, can cause you to look for
To quit smoking successfully, you must be able to see your future self being free from smoking rather than looking backwards and feeling somehow deprived. Your ability to stop smoking is inside you but your desire to stop smoking must be stronger than the need to continue smoking.
Consciously deciding to stop smoking does not work. Your conscious mind does not make any decision, it is a security guard for your subconscious. The real power, the controller of your actions lies behind the security guard in the subconscious mind. This is how our habits and body language tell the real story of how we feel, not our words. Our words are coming from the conscious mind.
Your subconscious mind helped you to learn how to smoke in the first place and it is reasonable to assume that only your subconscious habit can make the change for you to quit smoking. When you learned how to smoke – remember no-one took to smoking immediately but it was important to learn either to fit in with your friends or to rebel. Unfortunately, as you have matured (hopefully!), the
You have probably experienced back pain. At one point or another, everyone has. Have you ever asked yourself whether your smoking has something to do with your back pain? You should have.
Smoking Hurts Your Back
It turns out that cigarette smoking has a direct influence on many aspects of your health. Back pain is just one of them.
How does smoking influence your back pain? It does so in the same way that it influences all other aspects of your health. Cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that affect your joints in a negative way.
One of my previous summer jobs involved lifting heavy items. Somehow I found lifting with my legs a hard concept to grasp. As a result, I ended up getting the nickname “Grandpa” that summer.
During that period, I experienced normal back pain, which I earned through hard work and stupidity. My pain went away when I finally changed the way I lifted stuff.
Chronic back pain is completely different. It doesn’t go away quickly, and you usually end up taking painkillers to control the pain.
The Search for Relief
Like smoking cigarettes, taking prescription painkillers
“I’m scared to stop smoking.” Edna said.
As a psychotherapist specializing in habit control, I’d heard that statement from many clients. Edna (not her real name) had come to my office for an initial consultation, as part of my smoking cessation program. Like many people who want to part with a harmful habit or addiction, she felt ambivalent. Every addiction, regardless of its consequences, brings elements of comfort, satisfaction, or pleasure.
“What are you scared of specifically?”
“Well, smoking has always been my source of strength. It got me through the tough times. When my father died, and I had to comfort my mother emotionally, and pay the bills, and arrange the funeral – I smoked. When I worked overtime to meet deadlines, I smoked in order to keep going. I’ve stopped smoking many times, but when life gets rough, that’s when I smoke. Otherwise, I could not get through the tough times. This is what scares me. How can I part with my source of strength?”
“Have you ever heard the story of Dumbo the Elephant?” I asked. “It was a Disney animated movie – a lovely and touching story.”
Tobacco smoking is one of the largest causes of preventable illness and death in Australia. Research estimates that two in three lifetime smokers will die from a disease caused by their smoking. The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Australia is for the financial year 2004-05. Tobacco use caused a total of 14,901 deaths in that year.
Deaths in Victoria
The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Victoria is for the financial year 2008-09. In that year, 3,793 people died from diseases caused by smoking. This figure includes the deaths of 8 children and 27 adults from secondhand smoke.
Disease and health problems caused by smoking
Cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, tongue, nose, nasal sinus, voice box, oesophagus, pancreas, stomach, liver, kidney, bladder, ureter, bowel, ovary, cervix, and bone marrow (myelitis leukemia). Smoking-related cancers accounted for about 13% of all cancer cases in 2010.
Heart disease. Around 30% of all cases of heart disease in those under 65 years are due to smoking.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPS) includes emphysema and small airways disease. Emphysema is rare in non-smokers.
Chronic bronchitis is a recurring
You are smoking cigarettes not eating them so smoking can’t be that bad for your stomach… can it? It can and it is. Like all good stories this begins at the beginning.
1. The Look To Die For
Cigarette smoke, unless you are doing something very wrong and/or original, comes through your mouth. That smoke slowly cooks your face, gives it a nice yellow hue.
Your mouth is a starting point of your digestive system, and the first thing smoke does, it gets rid of that boring white color from your teeth.
You might say that more color is good and yellow smile is like a yellow sun. If you get tired of brightening the day for everyone with your sunshine colored smile – a bit of elbow grease, stain remover and you are as good as new.
2. More Teeth, More Problem
The bigger problem is that smoking decreases the amount of air in your gums and stimulates growth of bacteria.
That’s why gum disease and tooth loss in adults is much more common in smokers. The most common excuse for smoking is “it calms me” but face it –
Smoking contains over 4,000 chemicals, 200 of those can cross into your brain, and 60 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. But these chemicals do something else they strip nutrients from your body.
The main vitamin stripped away by smoking is Vitamin C. The nutrient is so well known that its importance is often taken for granted and its in the list of trendy super foods simply because it’s so easily available and it’s hard to make it expensive.
Vitamin C boosts your immune system, maintains healthy bones and teeth, is essential for wound healing, helps makes collagen which we need for blood vessels, skin scar tissue and ligaments, plus it’s a powerful antioxidant which prevents free radical damage.
Of course free radical damage or tissue destruction, a little like rusting is caused by smoking.
In order to maintain some level of health you need to increase your vitamin C levels over and above normal requirements. The level would need to be considerable to counter act smoking. Most likely taken to bowel tolerance.
i.e. the amount you take that doesn’t give you diarrhea!
In order to completely balance out the
Even though smoking is responsible for serious disease such as mouth and lung cancer, many people still smoke on a regular basis because of their addiction to nicotine. That’s why even though many people want to give up nicotine, their intense carvings as well as the withdrawal symptoms makes it very hard. Most of the time, they go back to their old habit and this is harmful to their health.
However, herbal anti nicotine supplements are a safe option that can help you overcome this habit without any side effects. Continue reading to find out how these capsules work.
Destroys nicotine craving
In order to give up smoking completely, your craving for nicotine must first end. Herbal supplements help to suppress the craving in a natural way. With these capsules, you will notice how you no longer feel the need to smoke in a short time. The herbs in these supplements are natural and helps destroy your body’s need for nicotine.
In short, you will become averse to this addictive substance and this is what will make you lose your wish for cigarettes.
Prevents withdrawal symptoms
When you try to quit smoking,
If you’re reading this article, then it’s because you’re looking for a way to quit smoking for good.
Why are you looking for a way? Probably because you’ve tried to quit smoking several times and failed. And that’s because quitting smoking is difficult. It’s a habit that’s hard to break.
So often people think that in order to give up cigarettes, all they have to do is pick a day to stop smoking and that’s it. They believe that in some magical way, they’ll wake up on that day and their craving for cigarettes will be gone, or at least diminished enough so that they won’t be desperate for a cigarette any more.
Usually the day they pick is January 1st for their New Year resolution.
But as usual, it doesn’t work.
So what goes wrong? Why can’t smokers stop smoking?
It’s because of the huge mistake they all make.
And that mistake is thinking that smoking is an addiction and all they have to do is stop smoking and their addiction will go away.
But smoking ISN’T an addiction.
It’s a habit.
You see when junkies try
Smoking-related illnesses are not just something people develop in old age. While smoking can be a contributory factor to many cancers, circulation problems and heart disease in later years, young women have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which can include a variety of diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These young women had smoked excessively in their teenage years. The symptoms can be as bad as lung cancer and cause breathing problems. About 30,000 people die unnecessarily young every year yet all they had to do was stop smoking.
But how do they give up addiction to nicotine, the most addictive substance on the planet? Every smoker says they can stop anytime but often find they cannot stop just by their own willpower so face cravings and horrible withdrawal symptoms. Some ask the pharmacist for nicotine replacement products eg tablets or chewing gum but still remain addicted to nicotine. Nicotine chewing gum has also been associated with oral cancer. Take your pick – lung disease possibly leading to lung cancer or oral cancer?
What if I told you that smoking can be beaten easily with hypnosis? It’s safe, natural and quick, in fact most
If you have been smoking for some time, you will have seen all the health warnings on cigarette packets, watched all the advertisements on TV, and have had no end of lectures from your doctor. You know that smoking is damaging your health. Some smokers, though, have had a health warning overload and have become blasé about the risks. Here then are ten good reasons to quit smoking that have nothing to do with your health, but that you will notice almost as soon as you stop smoking.
You will save more money than you thought
The price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK is now fast approaching £10. If you smoke twenty a day, that adds up to a whopping £3,650 saving every year. Add to that the cost of lighters and the cost of replacing clothes and furniture that you have burnt holes in, and you will have a lot of additional money at your disposal.
You will smell better
Just because you don’t notice the smell of smoke that is constantly with you, other people do. Within days of your giving up smoking, you will notice just how bad
In our attempts to raise awareness about lung diseases, we present this article on what goes wrong in the hundreds of unsuccessful cases where people have attempted to, but could not quit smoking. Quitting smoking or as a matter of fact, overcoming any form of addiction is a necessary step in ensuring that your lungs stay healthy and perform optimally. But we all know this – and so do the smokers. Why is it that this knowledge and the warnings, issued on the packets themselves, fail to deter the smokers? The simple and plain reason is that quitting smoking would most probably be the most difficult thing that the addict has done.
Before you lose hope on your aspirations of ridding yourself of the habit of smoking, know that it is difficult but not impossible. The reason, this scary image of being a difficult thing to do was portrayed right at the beginning, is that not realizing this, is the biggest mistake made by smokers while beginning the journey to a smoke free life. They are not mentally prepared for the tough weeks ahead of them while they simply go cold turkey. Then when the withdrawal symptoms
We all like to think that we are in charge of or lives, but I’m here to tell you that as a smoker you have given over a very important aspect of your life management to cigarettes.
You may disagree but what is in control of your stress management or relaxation. What is your first port of call in a time of stress or crisis? You know that its cigarettes. You have found something outside of you to handle your internal world.
Unfortunately there are two problems here.
1. Cigarettes to not manage stress, but they do make it worse. It is simple bio-chemistry; just add nicotine to a human, after a brief feeling of wellbeing the body produces adrenalin and the stress hormone cortisol.
Given that humans all have the same endocrine systems then every smoker feels more stressed by smoking.
2. Your chosen method for stress management will possibly kill you and highly likely to make you very ill.
So by now you are becoming aware that you need a new life management system. Firstly you need to decide that your current way is no good for your life.
Occasionally I see clients who are very healthy in all respects other than smoking. It’s the last thing they need to change. Many of them liked to do an occasional detox, but the futility of the process often escapes them.
Even if you have not the slightest interest in healthy practices you can give yourself the best detox in the world by quitting smoking. A traditional detox done properly takes on average six weeks. Within six of quitting your body will undergo an important detox process.
The term detox is often thrown around but many haven’t a clue as to what it actually does. I despair seeing the latest trend in three day or seven day detoxes most of which are just some crazy story in a magazine or a promotion by a health food shop.
Don’t worry you don’t have to get technical quitting will automatically start the process, but there are a few things you can do to facilitate the process. If you have been smoking for years it’s not just your lungs that are congested.
Every cell in your body has been affected by cigarettes. Your liver and kidneys, the major
Imagine you didn’t take out the garbage in your home; your kitchen would be a mess in a week.
And what if the garbage services didn’t remove the rubbish from your city, it would be stinking chaos.
Your body is like a city where only some of the rubbish is only collected, with lots left behind outside your home on the footpath.
Try as you might your body can’t clean itself of all the garbage delivered when you smoke. I’m sure you don’t like to think of it like that, but that’s the reality. Perhaps you start to view smoking as just garbage in with some garbage out it may move you to making a decision quicker about quitting.
You could also argue that unlike the streets you can’t see the garbage. That’s not strictly true either. Few people just smoke in private, so someone knows. Your skin is a good mirror of your internal environment.
Smoking dramatically ages the skin and leaves tell-tale signs especially around the mouth and eyes, plus the general aged appearance.
You can feel the garbage when you cough in the mornings or when your colds last
There is a new field in marketing called persuasion psychology, the skill to get you to buy what they want you to buy. This same psychology is what got you to start smoking and can be used to help you quit cigarettes for life.
If you think back to when you started smoking there were specific influences. Family and friends typically. You wanted to fit in to be a part of a group and be accepted.
Perhaps you bought the story that smoking made you look older, or cool or more sophisticated. This was the aim of the big smoking companies, each had their own image.
The rugged cowboy on a horse, the classy woman or man beautifully dressed often in luxurious surroundings. Our crashing through the jungle in a four-wheel drive only stopping to light up a smoke.
Cigarette companies aligned with sports advertising, selling you a subtle message that smoking and sports were compatible.
Hollywood showed us how cool it is to smoke, how it seemed that smelling like an ashtray was somehow sexy and desirable.
Others bought the message that smoking was a rebellious thing to do. Their parents
The first three weeks of making an important change in your life is the most critical time. Your experience will determine in those critical days will determine your outcome.
Most people when they quit smoking struggle and suffer, during those first three weeks and this often results in failure. The flow on effect is a strengthened belief that quitting is difficult, and painful, so that when you make another attempt you are unconsciously set up to fail. And unfortunately fail is what most people will do.
This is why so many government quit ads encourage people to keep on trying, all the while causing further frustration.
This three week period is the time when your unconscious mind fights back. It thinks it is protecting you from this scary change which is occurring. You have a long history of smoking thoughts and feelings locked away.
Memories of thousands of cigarettes connected to fun times, family events, happy times and sad times all shared with a stick of tobacco lodged firmly between your lips. All locked away in your unconscious mind, keeping alive the belief that smoking feels good, even if it doesn’t.
If you wake up each morning with a cough that vibrates through your house you are aware of the effects of smoking.
If you puff hard walking up some stairs you are aware how smoking is reducing your fitness.
If having a smoke takes precedence over time with your children then you’re aware of the emotional cost of smoking.
If you know someone who has had lung cancer or emphysema then you’re aware of the serious consequences.
If you smoke a pack a day, then you’re aware that it’s costing you $5000 a year.
If you’re standing outside a restaurant or café or social function you’re aware of what smoking is costing you socially.
If you’re smoking in a dirty alley at lunch time in the city because of the new rules you’re aware that life isn’t quite working out the way you planes.
If you’re the guy wandering through the herb garden at South Bank in Brisbane and can’t smell all the fragrances you’re aware of the many things you’re missing out on.
If you would like a new relationship but fear that smelling like an ashtray may be
A client once said to me that he couldn’t remember an important time in his life when he didn’t have a cigarette with him.
It’s common for people to say that their smoke is their friend, many believe that they are too addicted to quit or that they can’t manage their stressful lives but no matter how addicted you think you are, you are much more than your smoking habit, and you deserve much more out of life.
Imagine for a moment back when you were a child. You had hopes and dreams for your future, but then you see a picture of someone whose life seems to be dictated by a routine of topping up with nicotine.
Your fingers are stained, your lungs feel heavy and every morning that cough seems to last longer. You see you have spent a fortune on cigarettes and all you got in return was having to stand outside at restaurants and family functions.
Of course you realise that you are not your smoking habit, but unfortunately society sees you as the person who is quickly becoming the social outcast, people treat you differently, especially when they can