Giving Up Smoking Permanently

Many of today’s smokers are aware of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking but they can’t help it especially when their cravings set in. If you don’t know where to begin giving up smoking, you’ve come to the right place. You can find a lot of resources online that will inform you of the terrible effects of smoking. You are not the only one affected but also your loved ones because they are exposed to second-hand smoking. If you care about your family and your well-being, you will need to give up smoking at the soonest possible time. Giving Up Smoking and Cravings Giving up smoking is really hard especially during the first few days and weeks. As a smoker, the body is already dependent on nicotine and when you withdraw from it, the body is going to react negatively. You will feel heightened cravings for cigarette and you will need to stand up to your word. You shouldn’t give in to your cravings and instead, you have to focus on your ultimate goal. You should inform your family and friends about your intention to quit smoking. As you can see, withdrawal symptoms can include being moody, aggressive, irritable, depressed, anxious, nauseous, and sleepless. Moderate smokers should consider the ‘nicotine replacement therapy’. This is needed because the body is craving for nicotine, and through the therapy, you can decrease the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms while giving up smoking. The Use of Stop Smoking Aids in Kicking The Habit There are many stop smoking aids that you can find in the market and you will need to pick one...

Can Hypnosis or NLP Help?

How Does Hypnosis Work? QuitSmoking LV uses both hypnosis and NLP. Hypnosis is just a state of light relaxation where you can access and focus on the part of your mind (the unconscious) that controls habits like smoking. Your relaxing, (with the therapist’s guidance) creates a slightly altered state of awareness where your subconscious mind can accept positive suggestions or reinforcements about what you want to do. But you DO have to want to stop smoking in the first place because we can’t “make you” want to! There are SO many misconceptions about hypnosis, it’s probably helpful to also tell you what it is NOT: Hypnosis is NOT a deep ‘trance’ where someone is “controlling your mind”. During hypnosis, you are aware of everything going on, because you are only RELAXED, not asleep or knocked out somehow. And, there is no such thing as getting ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. If hypnosis could ‘control your mind’, then any hynotherapist could walk in to the nearest bank and ‘make’ the teller give them all the money, but that just doesn’t happen. Hypnosis does NOT put you to sleep, and won’t make you feel ‘sleepy’ or groggy. Contrary to what you’ve seen in movies when hypnotherapists wave a pocketwatch in front of someone and say “you’re getting sleepy”, it doesn’t work that way at all. When you are fully and completely hypnotized, you should feel about as relaxed AND AS FULLY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS as when you get a nice massage. When done properly, you won’t actually feel like you were ‘hypnotised’ at all – because the only thing you should feel...

For Healthcare Professionals

“The health care system has long been recognized as a logical and potentially productive means of reaching smokers with a cessation message and promoting their successful cessation. Approximately 70 percent of smokers see a physician each year, creating the potential to reach large numbers of smokers with a cessation message. The fraction of patients who report having been advised in the last year by their physician to quit smoking remains too low…” – National Cancer Institute’s monograph: Population Based Smoking Cessation: Proceedings of a Conference on What Works to Influence Cessation in the General Population After reading this section, please consider reviewing the remainder of the website with respect to possible areas of concern with your patient population. Are there frequent excuses your population use to not start a smoking cessation program? Are there some statistics you feel might benefit your patients when you talk with them? Please feel free to email any questions, concerns, comments or additions. Our goal is to help people stop smoking. Your help as a healthcare provider, this website, these methods, pharmacologic / nutritional assistance, and a good support system will increase your patients’ long-term smoking cessation success rate. Why should we be concerned with having our patients stop smoking now? The problem is only half of people with the most common lung disease of smokers, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), are clinically recognized. It is estimated 10%-15% of people over the age of 55 have significant COPD. Smoking is the major contributor to this. As you know, COPD is irreversible. Once you have it, it is progressive and cannot be cured. There currently...

Why Is It So Hard To Quit?

You need to remember your smoking habit has been developed over a number of years. It is a “facilitated” process. You were not born a smoker. No one is genetically inclined to smoke. You were NOT predetermined to be a cigarette smoker. There might be genetic vulnerability to dependence or obsessive compulsive issues but not specifically to smoking or tobacco use. Usually in the teenage / adolescent years you started thinking about smoking. You started experimenting with it. You may have started to use regularly: on the weekends, several days a week, every day. You started off “bumming” cigarettes from your friends. You smoked only a few cigarettes a day but it was now time to supply your own cigarettes. Maybe you became the supplier and shared with your friends. A few cigarettes turned into a half a pack. May be up to a full pack. But do you remember? It’s a little difficult to quantify how much you were smoking back then because you bought a pack of cigarettes. Some were for you, some for your friends. You ran out so you used some of your friends’ cigarettes until you could get another pack. When did you start buying cigarettes by the carton? This is adolescence / early adulthood. 90 percent of smokers started by the age of 21, and half of them became regular smokers by their 18th birthday. Everyday, approximately 4,000 children between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette; an estimated 1,300 of them will become regular smokers. Half of them will ultimately die from their habit. Then you transitioned from regular...

Rules And Reasons For Smoking Cessation

1) Smoking is a stimulant NOT a relaxant 2) Components of tobacco smoke cause disease and death 3) I am in control 4) I am NOT weak 5) Smoking is a thing of the past This should be your mantra. You should repeat these Rules many times throughout the day. If I were to meet you on the street and asked you about the “Rules,” you should be able to recite them as if you were telling me your phone number. If you want to add your most important personal reason(s) for quitting smoking, please do so. YOUR SMOKING STORY What is your story / personal experience of how you started smoking? Do you remember your first cigarette? Was it pleasant? Who were you with? Do you even still know them? Did you feel pressured? Did you want that first cigarette? Did you like that first cigarette? Did you think in your wildest dreams smoking would become a habit? Did you tell yourself “There is no way this will become a habit for me, they are too disgusting?” When did you transition from a “starter” to a casual smoker? To a regular smoker? To a dependent / habitual smoker? PERSONAL MOTIVATIONAL LISTS FOR SUCCESS Why did you start smoking? It looked cool – James Dean, the Marlboro Man. By the way, two of the most famous Marlboro Men, Wayne McLaren and David McLean, died of lung cancer. My family smoked The most common first cigarette is from a brother / sister or friend. My friends smoked / Peer pressure, to fit in. It was the “social” thing to do...

How Is Your Life Controlled By Smoking

Smoking Triggers – Situations/places to avoid or change, smoking-associated habits Be honest with yourself. Make sure if it’s an unavoidable place to have a solution to change the environment slightly. You need to break smoking patterns / routines. Who of your family and friends can you call upon to provide emotional support? Consider activities incompatible with smoking such as running, skiing, swimming. Do not use cigarettes as a reward. Even one cigarette decreases your success and increases relapse. See Coping Mechanisms in the next section. While talking on the phone. Solution: talk in a different room, hold the phone in the other hand, sit in a different chair. Keep your hands and mouth occupied with sugarless candy or gum. Keep a squeeze-ball handy. Stand instead of sit. Limit the amount of time spent on the phone. While in your “favorite chair.” Solution: Avoid that chair or move it to another location. Rearrange your furniture. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Fortunately many are nonsmoking these days. However, it doesn’t stop you from taking a smoking break outside. If unavoidable, go with a supportive friend. Avoid busy hours where there is increased smoke. Consider changing your usual meal. While drinking. This can be alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. Break the smoking pattern: if you drink out of a certain glass, mug, or cup, change to a different one. If you drink in a certain location of your home or at a certain restaurant, change that location. Consider reducing or eliminating alcohol for the first few weeks during the cessation process. Consider alternative ways to socialize with friends for a few weeks. Limit yourself...

Smoking Cessation Personal Planner Sheet

THIS PERSONAL PLANNER FOR SMOKING CESSATION SUCCESS BELONGS TO: ______________________________________________ RIPI – Reflect, Indentify, Plan, Initiate Age I started smoking: __________________ Maximum number of packs I smoked in a day (for at least 3-6 months) __________________ (Be honest, this is your Personal Planner for Success) Number of years I’ve smoked (current age minus the age you started) __________________ (Do not subtract years you were smoke-free unless you quit for 10-15 years before starting again) Number of “Pack Years” I’ve smoked (Maximum packs per day multiplied by number years smoked). (20 Pack Years is significant but I’ve had patients well over 100 Pack Years!) __________________ Date I was sure I was ready to quit smoking (your Quit Date): __________________ Date I started My Planner / formulating my plan: __________________ Date I started A+ Smoker‘s Control® (the night before your Quit Date): __________________ Date I was comfortable stopping A+ Smoker’s Control®: __________________ Date I told the first person “I’m an EX-smoker”:...

Personal Planner For Your Success

The Personal Planner for Success is your personal support companion. It is a compilation of your history of smoking and plan for smoking cessation. In the words of Sun Tzu, “Know your enemy and know yourself.” This is the short version used by many people. The extended version translated into English is: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” I would venture to say most people understand what they are up against on the tobacco side of smoking cessation. They have attempted to quit more than once, might have been successful for a time, and then went back again. The underestimation wasn’t because of the strength of the tobacco; it was the unrecognized strength of the person to realize whether they were ready. This website is full of the tobacco side of the equation. What has been lacking in most people’s unsuccessful attempts is an individualized way for a person to “know yourself.” This is where the Personal Planner for Success plays a vital role in your smoking cessation goals. In a very slow, methodical, leisurely, and (hopefully) enjoyable pace, I would like for you to design your own smoking cessation history and formulate your own plan for smoking cessation success. It really can be done at any point in the smoking cessation process whether the planning/preparation, initiation/action, or maintenance/relapse...

Am I Ready To Stop Smoking – Quiz

Sl No Quiz One: Eight question, yes/no answer responses Yes No 1 Do I want to quit to improve my health or my life? 2 Is being a nonsmoker a high priority for me? 3 Have I tried to quit before? 4 Is smoking dangerous for my health? 5 Am I committed to trying to quit? 6 Do I have support systems such as family and friends that will help me quit? 7 Do I have other personal reasons to quit smoking aside from health reasons? 8 Can I recommit to quit if I slide back? 1 I spend too much money on smoking.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 2 My family will not be harmed if I get cancer, heart or lung disease.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 3 My smoking is a burden to my family.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 4 One or more of my loved ones have pleaded with me to quit.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 5 I worry that my smoking (secondhand smoke) will adversely affect the health of my family.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 6 I avoid activities such as going to the movies because it’s difficult to go that long without a cigarette.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 7 The pleasure I get from smoking is worth the hassle.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 8 It is convenient for me to smoke.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 9 I am disgusted with my smoking.   Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 10 I...

Benefits Of Quitting Smoking

Benefits of quitting smoking. Why quit smoking? Okay, okay. There are medical reasons and statistics all throughout this website. What about the plain Jane, ordinary reasons to quit smoking (which are also the benefits): You smell of smoke! Not just your breath, it’s on your body, hair, clothes and any place you’ve smoked – home, car, workplace, etc. How much extra do you spend on perfumes, deodorizers, potpourri, mouthwash, breath mints, etc? Here’s a news flash… no matter how much you try to hide it, we can still smell it! How much are you spending on smoking? Here’s an easy smoking calculator for you. Be realistic; put how much you spend on a carton or pack, and the amount you currently smoke in packs per day. How long would it take you to save the amount of your dream vacation? A new car? A down payment for a house? Example: $4/pack X 1 pack per day = $28 per week $120 per month $1460 per year $7,300 in five years $14,600 in 10 years $29,200 in 20 years NOW….. If you invested that same amount, how much would you have? Take the amount they calculated they spend per month and calculate how much they would have saved by investing that amount. How much in a year? Five, ten, 20 and 30 years? The person inputs the percentage rate!!. What influence or role model are you setting for your children or any of your friends and relatives children? How much are you contributing to second hand smoke? Easily noticed benefits which start immediately: – Better taste in your mouth –...