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Studies Show Cigarette Smoking Causes Chronic Back Pain

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 has many negative side effects. One of the major issues associated with prescription painkillers is the risk of developing a strong addiction. Moreover, even with strong medication, only about 58% of chronic back pain sufferers get the relief they desire.

You may say that your nicotine addiction doesn’t have any influence on your pain. It may actually feel like cigarette smoking decreases the intensity of your pain. In general, though, cigarette smokers are more likely to lead unhealthier lives. Could this just be a coincidence?

You are like a hostage with Stockholm syndrome. You have gotten used to being a hostage, and you like your kidnapper-the cigarette. Smoking doesn’t add anything positive to your life, but you grasp at straws to justify your nicotine addiction. You know that you should quit smoking cigarettes if you really want relief. The relief that you feel when you smoke is just a distraction.

Cigarettes ARE the Problem

Smoking a cigarette allows you to switch focus for a few minutes. Your back pain doesn’t decrease in intensity, and it doesn’t go away. You have tricked your mind. If you don’t think about the pain, you don’t feel it. But it is still there.

Cigarette smoking is a major factor in the development of chronic back pain. More specifically, it is a major cause of hypertension and coronary artery disease, which negatively influence back pain.

Researchers conducted a study during which they monitored over 1,300 people for more than 50 years. The study followed 1,337 physicians, who graduated from Johns Hopkins University. The oldest participant was monitored for 53 years. This long-term study showed that high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and other blood circulation issues played major roles in the development of chronic back pain.

Cigarette smoking has a devastating effect on the whole body. The circulatory system is no exception. The aforementioned study showed that, when all other variables remained the same, cigarette smoking was a major factor in the development of chronic back pain. The implications are very clear-if you want to get rid of your back pain you need to quit smoking cigarettes right now.

Smoking Impairs Your Ability to Heal

Every time you move, you damage your spine a bit. Your body constantly repairs this damage. When you smoke, your body makes available fewer, lower quality materials for these repairs. That is how smoking causes your back pain.

The study described above proved the existence of a connection between chronic joint pain and smoking. Another study determined how and why occasional back pain, which we all feel, develops into something that endures for weeks, months and years.

Nicotine addiction influences the development of chronic back pain in another way. Pain is not something physical. You can’t touch, taste or see it. Rather, your brain gets signals and interprets them.

Smoking Alters Your Brain

Smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain. How and why does cigarette smoking have such a strong, negative effect on your back? Smoking affects your brain’s addictive behavior and motivated learning connections. By strengthening these connections, smoking plays a major role in the development of chronic back pain and chronic pain in other parts of your body.

A strong connection between the two brain regions called the nucleus accumbens and the medial prefrontal cortex influences your resilience to chronic pain. Smoking makes the connection between these two parts of the brain stronger, thus impacting your susceptibility to developing chronic pain.

You Can Fix It

This damage is not permanent even if you have smoked for decades.

Researchers saw a dramatic drop in this brain connection among smokers who quit smoking cigarettes. Their vulnerability to chronic pain decreased. This means that that the damage was not permanent. Similarly, if you quit smoking, you can reduce the intensity of your chronic back pain.

You must first quit smoking if you want to eliminate your chronic back pain.

Nicotine Is Poison

This is one reason why quitting with the assistance of nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine gum, patches or other nicotine-containing products) is not as great as ads would have you believe. In order to reduce the pain in your joints, you need to eliminate all nicotine consumption. Nicotine promotes unhealthy brain connections, damages nerves and reduces your body’s ability to mend itself.

Smoking cigarettes damages your back because it damages your body and alters your brain. Decreasing the amounts of toxic chemicals you consume while continuing to consume nicotine might lead to some improvements in how you feel. However, you will still be addicted to nicotine and continue to strengthen those brain connections.

What Dumbo Can Teach Us About Habits and Addictions

“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.”

She said she had not. So I told her about it. I’m sure my version doesn’t do justice to the Disney movie, but here it is.

Dumbo was a baby elephant born in the circus. His mother loved him dearly, but all the other elephants laughed at him because of his big ears. His ears were so large, the circus owner removed him from his mother to put him with the clown troop. Dumbo was sad and lonely, separated from his mother.

With those over-sized ears, the clowns thought Dumbo would be a great addition to their antics they performed for the many circus-goers. They decided that Dumbo’s feat would be to jump from a high platform into a pool of water, making a big splash, drenching all the clowns. Dumbo was terrified of the prospect and sadder than ever.

One day a group of mischievous crows befriended Dumbo and learned of his plight. One of them plucked a feather from his tail and gave it to Dumbo. He told Dumbo the feather would give him the ability to fly. The crows later laughed among themselves at the joke. They knew a feather could not make an elephant fly.

The day came when Dumbo had to climb the high platform. In quivering terror, he walked to the edge of the platform and held the feather tightly at the end of his trunk. Whether he leaped or was pushed, I don’t remember. When Dumbo left the platform, lo and behold, he did fly! His large ears spread out like the wings of a glider! He was airborne! He soared above the crowd! Everyone was amazed! Dumbo became the starring act of the circus! No one made fun of him after that!

So Dumbo continued to perform his amazing act, always holding on to the feather. Then one day he accidentally dropped the feather. He felt a rush of fear – fear that he would plummet to the ground. Instead, he stayed aloft. How? It wasn’t the feather – it was his own ears that made it possible for Dumbo to fly.

Edna smiled. Unlike those of really great storytellers, my metaphors are highly transparent. “So maybe it wasn’t cigarettes that got me through those tough times – is that what you’re saying? Maybe cigarettes are just a crutch?”

“Maybe the strength you demonstrated comes from within – not from cigarettes. Maybe you would have done the same things, even without cigarettes.”

She kept smiling. “Thanks for that story. It gives me something to think about.”

In psychotherapy, metaphors afford a neat, non-confrontational way to deliver a different point of view that can shift a client’s thinking in a new direction. Of course, there was one flaw in my story that Edna missed. Dumbo was not addicted to his feather in the way she was addicted to nicotine.

For Dumbo, the feather had a placebo effect. Believing in the purported power of the feather, he accomplished a feat that seemed impossible. Placebos set up an expectation that allows people to tap into some unrecognized ability within themselves – often the ability to heal an illness or relieve pain.

Cigarettes did the same for Edna – and for many people who smoke. In fact, in his book, First Things First, Stephen Covey noted that addictive substances and behaviors give people and an “artificial sense of self-worth, power, control, security, intimacy, or accomplishment.” We give addictive substances more credit than they deserve – while underestimating our own capabilities.

Our addictions seem to rescue us in moments of difficulty because that’s the nature of addiction. The first thing we want when we feel afraid or overwhelmed is to find relief or comfort – no matter how temporary – and no matter the long-term costs. Addictive substances work especially well when they are convenient, within reach, and deliver that relief quickly. So we reach for the drink or the cigarette or the donut. With that moment of comfort or relief, we may find the clarity and courage to proceed. Fortunately, we can accomplish the same result in safer and healthier ways.

The problem with addiction, as Covey also noted, is that addictions eventually exacerbate the problems and feelings they are sought to remedy. Eventually the consequences of addiction, themselves, become the crisis, the threat, the vulnerability. Recovery and sobriety require that we find within ourselves the strength to get through the tough times. I choose to believe that, as Dumbo demonstrated, we all possess the potential to do so.

Smoking Addiction Can Be Overcome

Smoking Addiction Can Be OvercomeIt is one of the most insidious things that humans do and it doesn’t only affect the smoker as many who breathe in the toxic fumes are also at risk. Cancer is the big one and should be warning enough and a strong reason to quite the habit. Unfortunately some would rather die from cancer than give it up. Others, however, want to quit smoking but can’t manage to achieve it. After painful efforts to do so they may then give up trying and return to the habit.

If one is sincere about wanting to quite any addiction they need to examine why they do it in the first place. Why did they take their first puff? Was it because of inducement from someone else or was it because it was a family thing to do? Maybe they did it out of rebelliousness against parents or society. The problem doesn’t go away with discovering the answer to these questions.

It will go away, however, if one takes a different approach. Think of your body as a great gift from God. It was given to you without blemish or need aside from those of essential survival patterns. You have food and water to sustain it and anything else will tarnish or destroy it.

If you give a present to a friend do you want to see him tip acid over it or paint it with stain? How would that make you feel? Transfer that to how God must feel when we do things to our bodies that stain them or put holes in places where they are not meant to be? Look at the rest of your life. Are you happy? Do you get depressed? Have you got major problems you can’t handle? Is smoking a relief mechanism?

If you answer yes to one or all of those questions then you are out of sync with your spirit. Inside you have a link to the Great Creator of the Universe. It leads and guides its own and steers them out of trouble. That link gets severed through the worship of false gods, and they can be anything including cigarettes, money, drugs, and so on.

So the question you need to ask yourself is how much you love God. Do you ever think about it and does it matter to you. If you do then ask the Spirit to help you quit the smokes. In my experience it is possible for you to be healed of the addiction in seconds. Throw the packet away and when an urge to light up strikes turn to the Spirit within and you will overcome it.

The pain of God is reflected in our actions and addictions are the result of a loss of spiritual connection. The Mountain of God is visible now through the Internet where all things are made known and the truth flows to every corner of the world.

Deaths and Disease From Smoking

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 cough together with frequent and increased phlegm. It occurs in about half of all heavy smokers.

Stroke. Smokers under 65 years are around three times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers of the same age.

Peripheral vascular disease is a narrowing of the leg arteries that can lead to blockage and, in some cases, amputation. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for this disease.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the bursting of the lower part of the aorta leading from the heart. It often leads to sudden death. Cigarette smoking is the main preventable risk factor for this disease.

Type 2 diabetes, and higher risks for diseases associated with diabetes in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Peptic ulcer disease in persons who are Helicopter pylori positive.

Eye diseases, such as oracular degeneration and cataracts.

Lower fertility in women.

Low bone density in older women and hip fractures in both sexes.

Periodontists, a dental disease that affects the gum and bone that supports the teeth.

Respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing, phlegm and wheezing. These symptoms occur in both child and adult smokers.

Faster decline in lung function, which is measured by how much air you can breathe out during a forced breath. All adults lose lung function as they age but this process occurs earlier and faster among smokers.

Impaired lung growth among child and adolescent smokers and early onset of lung function decline in late adolescence and early adulthood.

Problems during pregnancy and childbirth including restricted fetal growth and low birth weight, topic pregnancy, complications that can lead to bleeding in pregnancy and the need for cesarean section delivery, and shortened time in the womb and preterm delivery (the baby is carried for less than 37 weeks). Smoking during pregnancy also causes death in early infancy (particularly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), reduced lung function in childhood, and oral clefts (e.g. harelip) in infants.

Erectile dysfunction. Men who smoke increase their risk of impotence, and may have reduced semen volume, sperm count and sperm quality.

Tuberculosis disease and death.

Rheumatoid arthritis.

Worsening asthma. Smokers with asthma have poorer asthma control, faster decline in lung function, more airway inflammation, and get less benefit from some asthma medications, compared to non-smokers with asthma.

Smoking as a risk factor

Cigarette smoking is also a risk factor associated with a number of health problems, including:

Breast cancer in women.

Croon’s disease (a chronic bowel disease).

Back pain.

Cirrhosis of the liver and bile ducts, and pancreatic.

Complications during and after surgery, including delayed wound healing and increased risk of infection, drug interactions, lung complications and breathing difficulties.

Further complications during pregnancy and childbirth including miscarriage, and birth defects such as clubfoot, heart defects and gastroenteritis (the guts protruding through an opening in the abdominal wall). Smoking in pregnancy also increases the risk of the child being overweight or obese.

Childhood cancer (hematologist) where the mother or both parents smoked before and during pregnancy.

Childhood leukemia where the father or both parents smoked before the pregnancy.

Period pain and early menopause in women. Smoking may increase the risk for painful periods, missed periods and irregular periods. Women may also experience more menopausal symptoms.

Facial skin wrinkling tends to occur earlier.

Skin diseases, such as psoriasis and tendinitis suppuration (painful boils or abscesses in the groin and underarm).

Increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections, ranging from the common cold through to influenza, pneumonia, meningeal disease, legionnaires disease, tuberculosis, and bacterial vaginas.

Motor vehicle crashes, death from injury in accidents, house fire deaths, and burn injuries.

Alzheimer’s disease (dementia) and cognitive (brain function) decline.

Autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

Hearing loss.

Poorer sense of smell and taste.

Lower fitness.

Sleep disorders.

More fat around the abdomen (gut), which raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and metabolic problems.

Tooth decay and loss, and dental implant failure.

In combination with the contraceptive pill, smoking increases a woman’s risk of heart attack and stroke. This risk increases dramatically with age, particularly over the age of 35 years.

 

Ways How Smoking Messes Up Your Digestion

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 only creates problems and these problems just keep piling up.

But that is not important to you – you prefer smoothies anyways. Let’s see what cigarette smoke does to your stomach.

3. Feel The Burn

Your stomach is a bucket of acid which you use to digest food. It’s in your best interest to keep that acid in this bucket. You have a special valve that does that. Smoking allows acid to flow into food pipe.

You have things to do and you can’t spend every waking moment smoking but you still want to feel that great feeling. You are in luck as for those times when you are not sucking on a cigarette, smoking has conveniently weakened this valve.

This way smoking lets you realize your childhood dream of being a dragon by giving you a near constant heartburn.

4. Your Stomach Starts Eating Itself

Unfortunately it’s not all good news as smoking continues its mission and messes up with production of acid and protection of your bucket. Have you ever thought “how come acid dissolves my food but doesn’t dissolve me”? That’s because stomach is a place of harmony and peace.

Once you start introducing cigarette smoke or other crap, it’s like you are throwing stones at a sleeping lion. It will eventually wake up and tear your face off. In this case smoking messes up the stomach balance and you get painful sores, called ulcers, in your stomach.

Ulcers are more likely to heal if you stop smoking.

5. Spare Your Liver

Smoking does its magic on your organs indirectly as well. Good example is your liver. It is a filter that cleans your blood. When you smoke you add large amounts of additional chemicals to your blood and those are not vitamins.

Every filter has its limit. Smoking adds large quantities of toxins and increases oxidative stress on liver. Liver of a person who smokes is worse at filtering blood and is at a greater risk of shutting down completely.

Liver has a lot of work on its hands as it is. It already has an exciting and fulfilling life so by smoking you are not doing it any favors.

6. Good News Keep On Coming

Another “advantage” smokers have is an increased chance of getting Crohn’s disease. This disease helps you better understand jokes about diarrhea and stomach pain by making them painfully relatable. It is an inflammatory disease which can affect you anywhere in your digestive system – from anus to mouth.

Smoking increases the risk of getting this disease significantly and if you suffer from frequent stomach pains, diarrhea and experience fever and weight loss – see a doctor and quit smoking!

7. “Best” For Last

Finally smoking greatly increases the risk of developing cancer. Cancer is your own cell one day deciding that it does not want to be a productive member of the society that is your body.

Your body is like a city only the population of your body is in trillions. Smoking is the bad influence that pushes cells to turn to the dark side. Cigarette smoke bombards your cells with radioactivity and toxins that stimulate these negative mutations.

This is why smoking is a leading cause of mouth, lip, voice box, lung, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon and rectum cancer.

Smoking is just a fire, that in addition to all the toxins you would expect to find in a burning chemical plant also gives you nicotine.

Nicotine is a nasty thing by itself and if you think that it calms you or helps you to be more focused you are only fooling yourself. You are only very temporarily quenching withdrawal symptoms perpetuating this circle of misery.

 

Plug The Nutrient Drain From Your Body

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 nutrient drain you would need to take:

2500 mg of Vitamin C per day.

Alpha-lipoic acid 100 mg per day.

CoQ10 100 mg per day.

N-acetylcystine 1000 mg per day.

800 iu of Vitamin E daily

Carnitine 1000 per day.

And that is for starters. Plus fish oils, and bromelains and glucosamine, for inflammation, and Vitamin B 5 & 6 with Licorice for your depleted adrenals, not to mention green tea, turmeric, sulfur amino acids, dandelion tea to support your struggling liver, and on and on it goes!

The idea of consuming lots of supplements just to attempt to balance out your 4000 toxic chemicals from smoking doesn’t make any sense!

Alternatively you could just quit smoking and eat a reasonable diet. Plus when you quit it would be worth taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day, a multi vitamin and 4 grams of fish oils per day for at least 3 months as part of your recovery.

But first you need to quit, and by far the best option is advanced quit smoking hypnosis. It’s safe, reliable, gentle and highly effective. Everyone who wants to be hypnotised, can be if they are just willing to participate.

So what’s it going to be, a stomach rattling full supplements or being a non-smoker.

Quit Smoking With Herbal Anti Nicotine Supplements

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, withdrawal symptoms begin to manifest. They can make you feel sick and nauseous. Also, you might suffer from headaches and the inability to concentrate. All these are normal when you try to give up nicotine. However, many people are not able to bear this and go right back to smoking.

Herbal supplements help to control and even prevent withdrawal symptoms so that you can easily go through the withdrawal phase.

Once your body gets used to being nicotine-free, it means you have been able to quit successfully. If you are prone to withdrawal symptoms every time you tried to give up cigarettes, then this is reason enough for you to consider the use of anti-nicotine supplements.

Strengthens blood circulation

Constant smoking damages not only the lungs but also interferes with blood circulation. For this reason, herbal supplements not only help you give up nicotine but also strengthen your blood circulatory system. The potent herbs used to make these capsules are great for boosting proper blood circulation so that your body receives an ample supply of blood.

The Huge Mistake People Make When They 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 to quit, their bodies are so addicted to the drugs they’ve been taking, that they struggle to live without them.

This is why, as soon as they stop taking drugs their bodies react by becoming cold and covered in goose bumps (otherwise known as turkey flesh) which is where the saying “going cold turkey” comes from.

They also progress (or worsen) to having leg spasm, which is also where the saying “kicking the habit” comes from.

Junkies go through a lot of physical and psychological trauma when they quit drugs.

But when smokers quit, all that happens is they want another cigarette and they don’t suffer from adverse effects because their bodies aren’t addicted to nicotine, which is why nicotine patches or nicotine gum don’t work, because your body isn’t craving nicotine. It’s your mind that’s craving the habit of actually smoking a cigarette.

You don’t want to ingest nicotine. You just want to light up a cigarette, taste it, and feel the smoke going down into your lungs and back up again.

THAT’S what you miss. Let’s face it, if nicotine was removed from cigarettes and they still tasted the same, you’d still want to smoke wouldn’t you?

So what can you do?

How can you stop wanting to smoke?

The answer is simple.

You need to stop smoking the same way you started. Gradually.

You didn’t begin as a pack-a-day smoking and you don’t have to stop so abruptly either.

Instead you need to unravel your smoking habit one day and one week at a time, until you wake up one morning and the craving to smoke is gone. Not only is it gone, but you’re glad it’s gone.

You’ve created a brand new non-smoking lifestyle.

Young Women Smokers Die Unnecessarily

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 people stop smoking in just one session and stay stopped. It is also effective. Recently a couple of chain smokers reported that they had not smoked since their single session with me back in 2009 – six years ago!!! One man told me that not only had he stopped smoking immediately but felt like he had never smoked. Hypnosis is really powerful.

Smoking cessation is even available via Skype in the comfort of your own home. The hypnotherapist will probably ask you questions about your health and lifestyle then ask about why you started smoking, why stopping has been so difficult and what are your personal reasons for wanting to stop. Everyone is different but many say:

– difficulty breathing

– reduced stamina,

– want to try for pregnancy

– don’t want to smoke around children

– health problem caused by smoking

– possible impotence

– doctor has advised you to stop smoking

– signs of early ageing

– makes you smell of stale ash

– waste of money (literally burning money away)

– prefer to spend the money on holidays, hobbies or going out

There are many reasons to give up and I cannot think of any good reason to keep smoking.

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Smoking

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop SmokingCigarettes 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 fast and easy alleviation. But in the long term, smoking will only enhance your stress. To successfully stop smoking, you might need to re think your stress management choices before you stop.

Consider these tips:

Stop and take a deep breath. Taking five to 10 deep breaths is a great beginning to pressure alleviation. In addition, you get the advantage of inhaling clean air into your lungs without those dangerous compounds!

Go for a walk. Physical activity can release a substance in your body that improves your mood and relieves tension. Walking for thirty minutes a day can be a healthy distraction, burn off extra calories and help your heart.

Try to relax. Pressure can make your muscles stressed. Relax them by stretching, deep breathing, doing yoga, obtaining a message or even closing your eyes and visualizing yourself in a peaceful area.

Call a buddy. Talking through your highs and lows with family, friends or maybe a support group may give you comfort and positive reinforcement.

Cut back on caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that may raise your heart rate along with your tension. When you’re attempting to manage your stress, caffeine can make you tense, keep you up at night and may even cause you to want to smoke.

Take care of your own body. Drink lots of water, eat healthy and get enough sleep. You’ll feel more energized and prepared to take care of pressure.

Below are some other questions to think about as you organize your smoke free life.
Does smoking:

Supply ways to meet people or hang out with a group?
Distract you when you’re feeling lonely?
Help you control your weight?
Boost your self-confidence?
Give you something to do with your hands or alternative physical habits?
Serve as a companion to coffee or booze or look like the thing to do after a meal?
Give you something to do while you’re driving?

Below are some great alternatives to deal with quitting smoking:

Rethink your social breaks. Should you smoke with friends to be social or with coworkers in your lunch break? It is essential to let them know that you’re attempting to stop and encourage them to join you. In case it becomes too difficult to spend time in these areas where you typically smoke, think about altering your schedule or taking your breaks with nonsmokers.

Keep yourself active. Go for walks, read a book or listen to music.

Keep your hands along with your mouth occupied. Chew gum, eat a wholesome snack, squeeze a stress ball or play with putty.

After a meal, get up immediately from the table and participate in a pleasurable activity.

If coffee is your cause, change something about the manner in which you drink it. Change the mug you drink from or when and where you indulge. Start a brand new habit!

Should you smoke in your own car, remove your ashtray and replace it with potpourri or notes to remind you why you wish to stop smoking.

At parties, attempt to stay away from smoking areas. Remain inside or distance yourself from folks who are smoking. This might be hard, but remain with it!

You might also need to cut back on booze. It’s hard to have will power and remain focused on your dedication when you’ve had too much to drink.

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