You're reading this so I guess you've finally decided that you need to stop smoking. Is there anyone in the world who does not know what smoking does to you? Is there anyone in the world who is not aware of the link between smoking cigarettes, early mortality and a range of deeply unpleasing and devastating illnesses?
Come on. We've known about the link between smoking and lung cancer since 1950. Now, 60 years later not even the tobacco industry denies the harm that cigarettes cause … and yet, and yet.
We still smoke .
Children start smoking because they think it's cool. It looks cool in movies, right? And all the grown-ups say you should not do it, but THEY do it, so it must be great, right?
Then they're hooked.
And even as adults we lie to ourselves that we could quit if we wanted to and that we actually enjoy smoking. And then there's that first time when you really decide to stop, because it's making you feel bad, and you smell like an ashtray and you just can not afford it anymore.
And you discover what every nicotine addict discovers when they try to quit. They can not!
We manage a few days of irritable absence, scowling at other smokers who seem to be enjoying what you are condemning yourself. We snap at our friends and scold them for not quitting too … and then some friend offers you one from their pack pack just with the immortal words YOU KNOW YOU WANT ONE!
And you realize that it's true. You do want one.
You like smoking.
You have not smoked for 3 days and suddenly that filter between your lips, and the click of the lighter, and the sound of the sizzling tobacco and the deep red glow of the tip as you pull that hot dirty drug down into your lungs and the nicotine you've been craving is delivered in seconds to your aching brain … and suddenly everything is all right again. And you're back.
Perhaps you've tried nicotine patches, or gum, or sprays. Or depending you've been desperate to go to your doctor for a risky course of Zyban or Chantix. And for a while, with a lot of will-power, you quit. But you never lose the craving … and all it takes is a small domestic disaster, or one drink too many at the office party and … you know!
Those two quit-smoking drugs, Zyban and Chantix work like anti-depressants … which gives us a clue to the only quit smoking method that actually works. The only way to quit smoking permanently and become a total non-smoker instead of an irritable craving complaining miserable ex-smoker is to change the way you think about smoking deep down in your subconscious mind. Wanting to smoke is a mistake your mind makes. With a little help and a little effort you can put it right. And never want to smoke again.