To answer that question, we need look no further than the cigarette companies and in some countries, the government with their advertising. They are supported by the companies that manufacture products such as Nicorette, Nicabate etc and other non effective products marketed as Quit therapies.
Even though the government states it wants to see people quit smoking, the fact is their advertising is increasing the use of cigarettes. This is particularly prevalent with the young people. They feel as thought they are invincible and can easily stop smoking anytime they want. Of course they don’t realize until it is too late that it isn’t all that easy. In fact for some it is really difficult to quit smoking.
Am I really addicted to smoking or nicotine?
If you’re a smoker, your brain is filled with nicotine receptors. These receptors eagerly await incoming nicotine. Think of nicotine as a key, and receptors as little locks. When the nicotine unlocks the nicotine receptors, a feel-good chemical called dopamine is released, giving you a little “hit” or “buzz”. This doesn’t last long. The nicotine soon fades making the receptor eager for more.
Young People are More Vulnerable to Start Smoking
In a way there is some reverse psychology taking place with the advertising. It is almost a challenge for young people to try. For example, in ads on cigarette packets and billboards, you will see the words about smoking or nicotine being addictive.
For those people who already smoke, it just makes it so much harder for them to stop smoking as the word “addictive” has such awful connotations. “Am I really addicted to nicotine or smoking?” they ask themselves. They thought they were just smoking because they enjoyed it. They weren’t aware they were addicted to smoking. So this raises the barrier even higher for them. They may even justify their smoking by saying ‘oh well I am addicted! What is the point of trying to stop smoking’.
Have you ever seen a methamphetamine or heroin addicted person coming down from their addiction? Perhaps not in real life, maybe in a movie or TV show. They have quite severe physical reactions don’t they? Do you ever see people who stop smoking have this kind of reaction? The answer of course is no, as people are not physically addicted to Nicotine or smoking. They may get a bit crabby and irritable, they certainly do not experience a physical reaction. So what is happening then? Well the answer is simple.
What is the impact on smokers when they Quit Smoking?
Sometimes people have a background of emotional problems or trauma. Some of the emotions people may experience are anger or sadness. So if a person experiences for example anger. As the nicotine is released from their system when they quit smoking, the anger may come to the surface. This emotional release is different to withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms are the result of the internal battle going on in the unconscious/subconscious mind. The habit that was set up many years earlier is strong. Removing this habit means the person is going against something that was keeping them happy. That is why hypnosis is so successful. During hypnosis the unconscious mind is changed. At the end of their session, the person knows they hate smoking and would never smoke again. In other words the unconscious mind has accepted or is convinced of this.
When do people start smoking
Most people start smoking during their socialization years of between 10 and 21. Young people are endeavoring to “fit in” with their peers and when they see a group of friends smoking they may feel left out if they are not doing as others do. They may even be taunted to join them with “why don’t you have one? Are you a mummy’s boy or are you a wus?” Now they feel even worse and so they have one and while initially they choke and splutter, they feel better and now they fit in. They link up the “feeling better” with a cigarette so when they need to feel happy or raise their spirits, they reach for the cigarettes – and so the habit begins. So yes, the good news is that smoking is a habit but a very powerful habit that people may feel powerless to break.
Solutions to stop smoking
There are a number of alternatives on the market such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy with a variety of products available.
NRT or Nicotine Replacement Therapy
This has a very low success rate of between 10-16% although recent research shows 8% success rate. While Nicotine patches are being promoted quite heavily there are also considerable concerns for their safety. For example a young man aged 23 was driving home while wearing the patch and suddenly experienced severe heart palpitations, sweating and dizziness. He called his family as he thought he was having a heart attack. Once the patch was removed the symptoms eased and in a short while stopped altogether. In research people say they have cut the patches into quarters as they were too strong and many people said they just made them sick or they didn’t work.
People have stated they have taken Nicorette Microtab to help them to stop smoking and have stopped smoking but cannot stop taking the tablets. So they replaced one habit with another.
Zyban (bupropion) and Champex (varenicline) are prescribed medication and while there is limited success there is also a dark side of these drugs.
1. In the UK, more than 7,600 reports of suspected adverse reactions were collected in the first two years after Zyban’s approval by the MHRA as part of the Yellow Card Scheme, which monitored side effects. In 2009 the FDA issued a health advisory, which warned that the prescription of Zyban and Champex for smoking cessation has been associated with reports about unusual behaviour changes, agitation and hostility. Some patients have become depressed or have had their depression worsen, have had thoughts about suicide or dying, or have attempted suicide. The MHRA received 60 reports of “suspected adverse reactions to Zyban which had a fatal outcome”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bupropion
2. Drug regulators are set to bolster the warning requirements of two popular smoking cessation drugs in response to continuing concerns over their serious psychiatric side effects. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it would “strengthen” prescribing and consumer information warnings for Champix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion), following a decision earlier in the week by its US counterpart. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will compel manufacturers to include a boxed warning about their drugs’ impact on mental health, including a risk... www.pharmacynews.com.au
There is a solution to Quit Smoking
There are a variety of services available using alternative therapies such as acupuncture, hypnosis, herbal remedies, aromatherapy and cold turkey for quitting smoking. These all have some success to quit smoking.
Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
The combination of Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Reframing has a huge success rate of 95.6%. It is one session of 60 minutes only and the person will stop smoking for life. If the person should relapse and take up smoking again, be it in six months or even 6 years time, then with their Lifetime Guarantee with Life Coach to Quit Smoking they are welcome to come back for another session for free.
Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and has assisted over 2,000 people over the years to quit smoking. Her goal is to see as many people as possible remove the bad habit of smoking so they can live a longer life and do what they really love and enjoy.
Maureen has previously worked in many areas of health in Australia as well as overseas. Maureen enjoys helping people improve their lives by facilitating their emotional and physical wellbeing and lasting happiness. A holistic approach is the only way to ensure a person will have a successful outcome from their Quit smoking program. A successful outcome will instill an attitude of positiveness that reverses the mindset of once addicted always addicted. Remember it is a habit!