When a smoker lights up a cigarette, the chemicals they inhale send a signal to their brain to release endorphins – the body's natural opiates. So as a scientific fact, it's not the actual cigarette or the process of smoking that makes them feel good, but the body's own internal response to that cigarette.

If you've ever taken or hacked up phlegm while smoking, you already know without a doubt that nicotine is a poison. Think back to the difficulty you had learning to inhale – the nausea, light-headedness, perhaps even some vomiting. This was you body's attempt to prevent you from getting any more poison into your system!

However, the stress your body experienced because of the presence of nicotine also triggered a release of endorphins and endomorphines as an attempt to ease the pain caused by fighting off the poison of the cigarette.

Then, in order to ensure that it has enough of these natural pain killers to fend off the next attack (ie, cigarette), the body shuts down its natural cycle of endorphin releases, and saves them instead to combat the next invasion of poisonous chemicals .

When the normal endorphin release does not happen, the smoker experiences stress and craves the endorphin release that they now associate with smoking a cigarette. But now you can see that the craving itself was caused by the endorphin depletion created by the previous cigarettes!

This can be a controversial issue for smokers ,, and many smokers find this process extremely difficult to believe, but much of the stress that they perceive being relieved by smoking a cigarette was actually caused by the one the smoked earlier. Indeed, many health professionals believe that smokers are strictly deluding themselves into thinking that smoking can relieve tensions. In reality, it can actually be thought of as a chemical S & M club … you beat yourself up so that you can feel better when you stop.

The solution to this problem is to regain the power to experience stress relief without cigarettes – to experience more natural pleasure. You can learn to be in charge of you internal responses instead of their victim and their slave. Mastering the ability to do this will allow you to experience the best of both worlds – all the good feelings that you now associate the cigarettes, and the long-term health and well-being that come as rewards of a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle.