Quit Smoking Cigarettes – It's Hard, But Not Because of Nicotine – Part 2

In part 1 of this article, we discussed real chemical addiction and how stopping cold-turkey can be life threatening. We also pointed out that although a smoker claims, “I’m dying for a cigarette,” no one has actually died because they didn’t get a smoke.

The reason it is important to understand that cigarette smoking is a psychological addiction rather than a physical one, is to facilitate effective protocols to remove cigarettes from a smoker’s life. In this article, we are going to discuss examples that demonstrate that nicotine is not physically addictive but that cigarette smoking is psychologically addictive.

What is Nicotine

Talk about a substance that has gotten a bad reputation. Nicotine is presented as the ultimate evil and the culprit that makes quitting cigarettes difficult or for some, impossible. However, just what is nicotine?

According to medical researcher Dr. David G. Williams, nicotine is a chemical substance found in cigarette smoke that stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is needed to facilitate the transmission of nerve impulses.

There’s one thing though, there is another chemical called nicotinic acid that is a close cousin of nicotine that also stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. What is this almost identical substance? It is called Vitamin B3!

Could smokers be getting Vitamin B3 from their cigarettes? If so, it’s not a healthy way to do it but look at the symptoms of Vitamin B3 deficiency:

Impaired recent memory
Hyper irritability
Emotional instability

These are many of the reasons that people give for smoking! It improves their memory, lifts their spirits, calms them down, etc. Since many people don’t have good nutrition, perhaps one of the things that fuels the Psychological Smoking Mechanism is a B3 deficiency. After all, these are water soluble vitamins or chemicals, if you will. They are not stored in the body and must be replaced constantly.

The bottom line here is that people don’t get addicted to vitamins! This is just another indicator that the thing that keeps people smoking is not an addiction to nicotine. Let’s look at some of the other things associated with smoking that do not follow the physical addiction mechanism.

If Cigarettes were Addictive

In the previous article in this series, we discussed a case of accidental addiction to pain medicine. As you recall, when the patient discovered they weren’t getting the same results from the standard dose of medicine, they increased the dose which did, for a time give them relief. It wasn’t long before they had to increase the dose again, and again.

This is what happens with chemical addiction, the body views the chemical as throwing it out of balance (homeostasis) and it creates a counter force. It matches each increase with an increase in counter force.

If nicotine was a truly addictive chemical, the smoker would have to keep increasing intake to achieve the same effects that are claimed for cigarettes just as in our drug example. The consumption of cigarettes would increase over time. However, this doesn’t happen.

Let me give you a real life example. My grandfather was a cigarette smoker. He smoked his entire life starting in his early childhood years. He smoked less than a pack of cigarettes per day. The amount smoked never varied. He had a set amount that he unconsciously metered and for over 70 years maintained this level. The fact that he smoked less than a pack per day was to his benefit and delayed the health issues associated with cigarette smoke. But you can’t avoid it forever and he did eventually develop health problems that years of cigarette smoking produced.

A clear indicator that cigarettes are psychologically addictive and not physically addictive is that the smoker settles into a pattern and stays there for years. You have your half a pack a day person, your pack a day person, your 1.5 pack a day person, your 2 pack a day person and in extreme cases, the three pack a day person. This volume is established pretty early and stays that way. There may be daily fluctuations but they all average out. There is a mental meter that regulates the amount of cigarettes smoked! That’s the Psychological Smoking Mechanism.

If cigarettes were physically addictive, the smoker would be adding more and more cigarettes to achieve whatever claimed benefit they provided. This doesn’t happen. This is a clear indicator that that cigarette consumption is regulated by the Psychological Smoking Mechanism and not the chemicals in the cigarette.

If Nicotine was a Chemical Addiction

There is a whole category of smoking cessation treatment protocols that operate under the idea that providing nicotine will take the place of smoking. The thinking behind this category is that supplying nicotine through vehicles such as patches or gum will eliminate the desire to smoke because the hypothetical nicotine demand is being met. Then by reducing the nicotine over time, just like drug rehab, the compulsion to smoke will be eliminated. Sounds great doesn’t it? If nicotine were the culprit, nicotine patches, gum and lozenges would be 100% successful. After all, they are giving the body the chemical that it theoretically craves which is the supposed mechanism behind the compulsion to smoke.

Nicotine patches are powerful products that give the body a steady supply of nicotine. Let’s look at their effectiveness. Since the smoker is getting generous amounts of nicotine which they are supposedly craving, the patches should be incredibly effective. However, some research shows, (Davidson, M., Epstein, M., Burt, R., Schaefer, C., Whitworth, G. & McDonald, A. (1998)), that only 19% of people on patches had stopped smoking at six weeks and that it was reduced to 9.2% at six months. Looking at it another way, at 6 weeks, 81% of the people using nicotine patches were still smoking and at 6 months, about 91% were still smoking. Yes, 10% of those that had stopped were back at it again.

The results for the gum is about the same. Even though the gum was providing the smoker with plenty of nicotine, at 6 weeks, 84% of the people were still smoking and at 6 months, 92% were smoking.

These smokers were getting all the nicotine they supposedly needed. In reality, they were probably getting a great deal more nicotine than the cigarettes they smoked provided. Yet, most of them continued to smoke along WITH the patches or gum. If nicotine doesn’t compel the smoker to smoke, what does? It’s the Psychological Smoking Mechanism.

Another Indicator that It Isn’t Nicotine

With a chemical addiction, more is better for the addict. With nicotine patches, the smoker is getting a great deal of nicotine. They should be satisfied right? Well as mentioned in the last section, only 9% actually stop smoking with the patch. However, putting all that nicotine in a smokers system with patches does have an effect on the smoker. According to the American Lung Association, side effects with the nicotine patch are:

Upset stomach
Blurred vision
Vivid dreams
Mild itching and burning on the skin

Yes, nicotine does have an effect on the smokers body. However, with all the things that smoking does to the smoker, it doesn’t produce these effects. This is another clue that nicotine is not the motivator to smoke.

Smokers Resume Smoking after Extended Periods

Another clue that nicotine is not the motivator to smoke is the tendency for ex-smokers to resume smoking after a long period of time. Obviously, after an extended period of time, all the nicotine would be out of their system. As has been stated, nicotine is the cousin of Vitamin B3, a water soluble vitamin. These substances are either rapidly used or excess flushed from the body daily. No matter how heavy a smoker, it won’t take very long for all nicotine to be out of their system.

Also, from a strictly habit perspective, a few weeks or months without smoking should have put an end to the habit; the habit of reaching for a cigarette is broken. However, an ex-smoker can pick up a cigarette and resume smoking like they never stopped whether it is weeks, months or even years.

This is because the Psychological Smoking Mechanism is still operating. There is no nicotine in the system, the habit has been abandoned for weeks, months or some time years, yet, cigarette smoking can resume.


The effects of nicotine do not follow the chemical addiction mechanism. Nicotine is similar to Vitamin B3, a water soluble vitamin. It must be replenished daily. It is possible that the smoker has a deficiency of Vitamin B3. Each cigarette provides a small amount of nicotine which is similar to Vitamin B3.

A smoker falls into a pattern of cigarette consumption which doesn’t vary over decades. Whether it is the half pack a day, one pack a day, one and a half pack per day or the extreme of three packs per day, this amount doesn’t vary. Although there may be daily fluctuations, it averages out over time to whatever pattern the smoker follows.

Cigarette consumption is regulated by the Psychological Smoking Mechanism. The only way to remove cigarettes from your life is to remove this mechanism. If the Psychological Smoking Mechanism is not removed, the person quitting cigarettes will continue to be a smoker who doesn’t happen to be smoking right now. When the Psychological Smoking Mechanism is gone, so is smoking because the person has become a NONsmoker!


When Giving Up Smoking Choose a Method That Will Stop Smoking Cravings

When giving up smoking there are a lot of different ways you can go about it. You can decide to go it alone, or go “cold turkey” or you can choose any number of stop smoking aids to help you quit smoking. Some techniques are more successful than others but one stands out above all the others.

Let’s first rule out going cold turkey if you are serious about quitting smoking. Those that choose this method to stop smoking only have a 5% chance of being successful. Those odds are not very high. If you really want to break the smoking habit you are better off choosing some method to help you increase your chances of being successful.

Most of the options available to you address the physical addiction to nicotine. Nicotine replacement therapies like the patch, or stop smoking prescription medications help to break the body’s addiction to nicotine. They can increase your chances of quitting smoking but still do not give you a better than 50% chance to quit smoking.

The reason is that they do nothing to address the real reason why most people are not successful at quitting smoking. Most smokers who try to quit end up lighting up again because of the mental cravings they feel to smoke.

Cigarettes are a very big part of your life. As a smoker most everything you do or feel you associate with having a cigarette. Once you give up smoking you will find yourself in situations, or feeling emotions like stress, anger, or even happiness that will make you want to smoke.

You need to break the emotional attachment you feel for smoking. This attachment leads to strong cravings to smoke when you encounter situations or emotions you associate with smoking.

There is a technique that is designed to address the cravings and emotional attachment smokers feel for cigarettes. It is called Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP for short. It is an extremely successful technique to quit smoking because of the fact that it targets and removes the mental cravings to smoke. A recent test showed NLP had a 97.2% success rate.

NLP is a therapy technique somewhat like hypnotherapy in that it addresses the subconscious urges to smoke. But unlike hypnotherapy you do not need to see a professional to stop smoking. NLP benefits can be gained by listening to an NLP audio recording in your own home. Many people quit smoking after just one listen.

When giving up smoking you may also like the fact that NLP is a natural product. If you choose NLP to help you quit smoking you will not have to deal with the cost or side effects of prescription medications.


How To Solve Why Some Ex Smokers Start Smoking Again

Thousands of smokers quit smoking every year. But unfortunately many of these people will return to smoking, some within days, weeks or months. The questions to be answered are, why do they start again and how can this be prevented?
Firstly sometimes people quit before they are ready. Perhaps they do so to please someone else, a partner, friend or their doctor. This is always doomed for failure.
Your reasons for smoking will be just below the surface, and they will reassert themselves usually in a short time frame. Quitting by cold turkey even if you are 100% determined will often have the same effect as the story above.


Quit Smoking Plan – To Quit Smoking You Need a Plan – Here is One That Can Help

If you are serious about breaking your smoking habit you need a quit smoking plan. Your chances of being successful go way up if you have a plan and do not just quit “cold turkey.” Have a plan.

The decision to stop smoking is one of the smartest you will ever make. Make it count and follow this suggested three step plan to say goodbye to smoking forever.

1) Make the Decision

It sounds simple but this is probably the most important step. Do not go into quitting smoking half-heartedly. You need to know that you want to stop smoking. Many people use a major event in their life; the birth of a child, a move, a health scare, or even the new year to get serious about quitting.

You do not have to wait for a major life event to make the decision to quit. You can make the decision right now. Just make sure you are committed. We are talking about your life here. You need and deserve to be smoke free; commit yourself to it.

2) Beat the Physical Addiction to Nicotine

When you first quit smoking the initial hurdle will be to break your body’s physical addiction to nicotine. This can be hard but keep in mind that it only takes about a week for this addiction to pass. That is about how long it takes for nicotine to pass out of your system.

Use the following tips to get through this week:

  • Drink lots of water to help nicotine pass through your system.
  • Keep hard candies or healthy snacks around to nibble on when you get an urge to smoke.
  • Go for walks or engage in some kind of physical activity to keep your mind off of smoking

3) Conquer the Mental Addiction to Smoking

Over time the act of smoking becomes a psychological addiction; or a habit. Most methods to stop smoking fail because they only address the physical addiction to smoking. But more importantly than breaking the physical addiction is conquering the mental habit to smoke. The mental habit is what causes people to start smoking again years after quitting smoking. Breaking this habit is a key part of your quit smoking plan.

Here are a couple methods that can remove the mental habit to smoke.

  • Hypnotherapy-This method puts the recipient into a trance-like state where the practitioner can speak directly to the subconscious mind to help remove the subconscious cravings to smoke. It has proven to be successful but can be expensive as many insurance plans do not cover these sessions.
  • NLP-Neuro Linguistic Programming has proven to be a very successful technique to quit smoking. It works like hypnotherapy but is even more successful. In a recent test 5,000 smokers participated in an NLP session to help remove their smoking habit. 97.2% of them were still smoke-free six months later. The good news about NLP is that you can gain its benefits by listening to a recording in your own home. You do not have to see a professional to stop smoking with NLP. It is a great part of any quit smoking plan.

I Want to Quit Smoking – Or Can I?

How many times have YOU TRIED TO QUIT SMOKING?

How many more times than that have you found yourself saying ‘I want to quit smoking’?

Not as easy to give up smoking as you thought? More stressful and taxing than you anticipated?

Rest assured that it can be done. There are many smokers, myself included, who have successfully stopped smoking regardless of how much they smoked or how long they had smoked tobacco. These ex-smokers have accomplished what many have considered the ‘impossible’. But HOW did they do it?

How Did The Ex-Smokers Quit?

Of the many options available to us in conjunction with the abundance of stop smoking programs, was there any one program in particular that brought about the results that propelled smokers to the heights of becoming a non-smoker?

Most smokers who have smoked for any length of time have at one time or another, thought about quitting smoking.

In doing so, they’ve probably had their share of thoughts that instantly raced through their minds. Most prominent are the thoughts of fear. Fear of what you will do once you have successfully quit smoking, or perhaps, the fear of failure.

Many tobacco smokers have tried to give up smoking many times before they finally succeeded. Their first attempt is generally tried by going cold turkey. This is when you give up smoking suddenly without any real assistance from outside sources and ‘rough’ it on your own. Although this approach can be very effective, and many a smoker has succeeded with this technique, it is also the most difficult and brutal to achieve.

It’s also very possible that their success might of been brought about from a stop smoking program that worked like a charm for them the first time around. Or maybe still, their success might of been derived from gathering together the information and techniques from a particular stop smoking program that they had previously failed with from past attempts.

By combining the knowledge that they gained from their previous failures, along with the accumulation of the techniques that worked the best for them, they were able to reconstruct a personal stop smoking program that rewarded them with the success that they had so earnestly desired.

Know What You’re Up Against

There’s nothing new here to report about the harmful dangers of smoking tobacco. We all know that smoking is extremely harmful and that it kills. Chances are that if you’ve ever given any thought to quitting smoking, that somewhere along the line you’ve come into information detailing all of the harmful effects from smoking. And chances are, you probably didn’t like what you read.

Nicotine is a drug. A very powerful and addictive drug indeed. Nicotine not only affects your lungs, but is also a culprit for your shortness of breath. It also affects your heart, hormones, your blood vessels, your brain and messes up your metabolism as well.

As long as nicotine is in your system, it will always want to be fed it’s daily dosage. As you continue to smoke, it will always be there, always present, always tugging on you to feed it’s hunger with a fix. Not only is it physically addictive, but it also plays havoc on your mind.

There Are Stop Smoking Programs That Work

But only if you do.

I realize that is a bold statement, but it’s true. The majority of the stop smoking programs are oriented to provide you with all of the essentials that you’ll need to successfully quit smoking. But they can only do so much.

How Do You Want To Quit Smoking?

Will it be to go the cold turkey route, or will it be with the help of a stop smoking program of your choice? And that’s the paradox-which stop smoking program will you choose that will get the job done? This is serious business. Your health, your life depends on your ability to quit smoking. You probably don’t have very much time in your daily schedule to be spending time with a program that’s either wrong for you, or a program that probably wouldn’t of worked from the very beginning anyway.

Two Very Important ‘Secrets’ To Successfully Quit Smoking

Here are two very important keys to help you quit smoking. They are in knowing which program is best for you and the other important key is having the proper mindset. If you say that ‘I want to quit smoking’, then your want becomes desire, and from your desire comes determination, which in turn, your determination becomes willpower. It is your willpower and your willpower alone that will see you through your most crucial and challenging moments.


Leaves Ear Already Lined, Watchful Heart Disease

TO know someone suffering from heart disease, it is not only seen from the obesity factor. Those who have seen her earlobe wrinkles also be an indicator. You believe?
This might sound strange to those of you who just heard the first time, but it is serious. A recent study in The Journal of Angiology explained, diagonal folds or wrinkles in your ears can be an early sign of heart disease.
This was proven after inspection at 253 selected people with heart conditions pickle unedited. Researchers from Turkey is to find people with ears that look many times, about 10 percent more likely to suffer from deep vein thrombosis. In addition, the folds on the ears closely related to disorder of the arteries.
Meanwhile, Arthur Friedlander, DMD, a professor of oral and facial surgery at UCLA to address it, “It’s between the ears and the blockage of blood circulation which is the cause of heart disease-nothing. It could also be due to aging of the skin and blood vessels. According to him, it leaves your ears is the last point focuses on blood clots, so if you feel you have blood circulation disorders, usually clogging it appears as wrinkles in your ear. ”
Furthermore, he explained, before you go to the mirror now, try to ask yourself if there are wrinkles that result from aging or the results of this study have not been convincing.
“The results of this study can also be regarded as an abnormal study with other findings, such as hypertension and high sugar levels. However, this could also explain the wrinkles on your earlobes are subtle reminder for you, “said the researcher who also published research on the relationship between earlobe crease with deep vein thrombosis.
Then, he recommends if you feel to see wrinkles in your ears at the age of 40 years at the beginning, go to the doctor to check if you have heart problems. Similarly, as reported by Mens Health.


How Do I Stop Smoking? – You Can Easily Stop Smoking With the Right Kind of Help

Are you asking “How do I stop smoking?” The answer to your question is easy; get help. So many smokers go it alone when they try to quit smoking. Their chances are not good. Here are a couple facts for you:

The average smoker tries to quit smoking four times before they are successful.

A smoker only has a 5% chance of quitting smoking “cold turkey” on their first attempt.

Hopefully those facts impress upon you the importance of getting some kind of help when quitting smoking. It just is not smart to try to quit smoking on your own. Most smokers do not want to seem weak, spend money, or be inconvenienced so they try it on their own, only to fail time after time.

Be one of the winners. Quit smoking on your first attempt, or your next attempt by getting help. The good news is that there are smoking cessation methods out there that are inexpensive, extremely effective, and easy to use in your own home.

The most successful of these new stop smoking techniques is NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP is a therapy technique that has been used for years to help people break their smoking habit. It is becoming more popular as word of its incredible success rate is getting out.

NLP is a powerful form of hypnotherapy that literally erases the cravings to smoke from your subconscious mind. It is these carvings to smoke that make it so hard to quit smoking. These cravings are responsible for causing ex-smokers who have been smoke-free for weeks, months, even years to start smoking again.

See, smoking becomes such a part of your life, a habit that becomes deeply seated in your mind. Even after you stop smoking this habit still lives on, some trigger or event or stress can wake the craving to smoke back up and next thing you know you are lighting up a cigarette.

But NLP removes the deep seated cravings to smoke, clearing the patch to a smoke-free existence. How well does it work? In a recent test 5,000 smokers participated in an NLP quit smoking session. An amazing 97.2% of the participants were still smoke-free six months later.

If you are wondering “How do I stop smoking” you could not find a more effective or easier way to break your smoking habit. How easy is NLP. You do not have to see a therapist or health professional to quit smoking with NLP. You can simply listen to an NLP recording in your own home to have the cravings to smoke permanently removed.


Want to Slim? Diet, Exercise, and Healthy Sleep on

All this time we thought that was not membutukan power, so much sleep lead to obesity. But this is not true. Various studies have shown precisely how adequate sleep is necessary to maintain appetite and body weight.
Recent research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that sleeping less than 5 hours a week will make us consume more calories. Most of the increase in calories caused by snacking after dinner. So in this study, when limited sleep hours, the volunteers actually eating / snacking during the biological clock just shows time to sleep.
The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado this includes 16 youth / i. They were asked to spend the night in the bedroom that is set up the lighting, sound and also included tools to measure body functions during sleep. Popular rooms like this is also referred to as the sleep laboratory. Not to forget, for the sake of research, the number of calories of food consumed was also measured.
The first three days, they were asked to sleep for 9 hours. Furthermore, the participants were divided into two groups. The first group was 5 hours, while the second remained 9 hours for five days. The participants are provided a variety of food and snacks throughout the study. After five days, they exchanged bedtime. The first group finished 9 hours, and the second group so sleep 5 hours a day.
As a result, the group who slept only 5 hours, 5 percent burn more calories than those who slept 9 hours. But they also eat 6 percent more calories. Those who sleep less less breakfast, but snacking so much more. Even the amount of calories from snacks eaten is greater than the number of calories of food routine.
Another study published in the Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology also shows the effects of sleep deprivation on weight gain. This study provides meals are served buffet on 16 volunteers. The first time they get enough sleep (8 hours) and the second time after sleep deprivation.
The result, while less sleep they tend to take turns eating more than enough time to sleep. The volunteers also reported feeling more hungry and upon inspection appeared to have increased levels of ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates appetite.
After breakfast, sleep-deprived study participants also snacking more. Concluded, the lack of sleep would encourage a person to eat more.
Reminiscent of a recent research study a year ago,. In American Heart Association scientific meeting, presented a study that shows how the lack of sleep will increase our calorie intake.
The study found that a group of people who lack sleep have higher levels of ghrelin and leptin were lower. Again, ghrelin is a hormone that increases appetite, while leptin is responsible for suppressing appetite.
These studies pay attention to the effects of sleep deprivation with weight gain. But experts warn that we must look deeper. Not only on the amount of sleep less, but the sleepiness. How drowsiness effects on appetite for example. Because there are many diseases that cause people to continue sleeping sleepy despite sleep enough.
Snoring example. Snoring is considered to be caused by obesity, it may be otherwise, snoring causes obesity. Research in Turkey in 2005 show how snorers with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep, have high levels of ghrelin and leptin were lower as people who sleep less.
Experts caution that weight gain and obesity has many interrelated factors. With the increasing number of scientific studies showing health relationships sleep and weight, it’s time to not only think about exercise and diet. Enter health also sleep in your weight loss program.