We have all seen it on the news and in tabloids but many people find it hard to believe that President Obama smokes. Does Obama smoke? Yes he does. He quit smoking in the spring of 2007 before seeking the presidential nomination. But he has himself admitted to “falling off the wagon” several times since becoming President.
This can be discouraging to you if you are trying to quit smoking. Whether or not you believe in his politics we probably all can agree that to have succeeded in becoming President of the United States it must mean that Barrack Obama is a strong willed person. If someone who has risen so far in life, to hold the top political position in the world, cannot quit smoking, how can you stop smoking?
Actually President Obama faces the same challenges that anyone trying to break the smoking habit faces. Breaking the habit of smoking requires both beating the physical tolerance you have built up to nicotine and conquering the mental cravings to smoke.
Getting over the physical addiction to nicotine is actually the easier of the two. After about a week of quitting smoking all the nicotine has passed out of your system. The thing that makes most people eventually reach for a cigarette is the psychological cravings to smoke.
As someone who has newly quit smoking goes through their lives they encounter many situations and emotions that immediately make them crave a cigarette. Some of these cravings are minor and they are able to make it through. But some emotions or pressures in life are too much, and the cravings to smoke get too strong, and they cave in and light up a cigarette. Imagine the pressures President Obama faces. His cravings to smoke must be very strong.
President Obama’s doctor released a statement saying he is using nicotine gum to help him quit smoking. But nicotine gum, like many other stop smoking aids, addresses the physical addiction to nicotine, not the mental cravings to smoke.
There is a stop smoking method available that can help anybody to quit smoking because it totally removes the mental cravings to smoke. It is called Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP for short). It is a therapy technique that has been used for many years to help people smoking with great success. In a test 5,000 smokers participated in an NLP session to quit smoking. 97% of the participants were still smoke-free six months later.
Why does Obama smoke? Maybe because he is not using the right method to quit smoking cigarettes. He is using smoking cessation methods that focus on the physical addiction and doing nothing to eliminate the mental cravings to smoke. NLP is so successful because it focuses on removing the cravings making it easy to stop smoking.