Smokers who are in the process of trying to quit are often faced with a huge problem in that they are so convinced that they're addicted to nicotine, the only way out is to gradually wean themselves off the substance. How does the industry come to the aid of the would-be quitter? They produce nicotine patches, gums and whatnots to allow the victims to keep pumping the chemical into their bodies while not actually smoking the cigarettes that they are craving.
Does it work? In some cases, it does. But in many cases, all the would-be ex-smoker is doing is replacing one form of substance consumption with another. And while it at least helps them stop lighting up through inference, it doesn't cure their craving for a cigarette. Why is this?
It is because it is NOT the nicotine they are craving, but the action of smoking the cigarette! As already mentioned in the pilot article for this series, smoking is a habit. It is not a chemical addiction. That statement is true despite what many eminent doctors and media puppets have been duped into saying. Politicians will go to great lengths to have an "expert" take the podium and swear that "nicotine is more addictive than heroine" for a very good reason.
Politicians and their governments do not want people to stop smoking!
The tobacco industry does not want people to stop smoking!
Together, these two entities stand to lose billions of dollars if everyone suddenly just stopped smoking. The world economy would take such a serious downturn that whole countries would go bankrupt and even the most solid and stable economies would be seriously impacted by the sudden loss of revenue from taxation and from the profits from sales of tobacco products. The reach of the tobacco industry is huge and do not believe for a single second that any government has the state of your health in mind when it produces its latest, greatest anti-smoking campaign.
Government funded anti-smoking campaigns are designed to create more new smokers, not cause more people to quit!
Is that last statement a little too unbelievable for you? Surely, television images of how bad cigarettes are for your health will make people quit. Wrong! As also stated in the pilot article, it doesn't matter how terrible you portray smoking, even to the lengths of placing a message in large, bold letters on every packet of cigarettes that says "SMOKING KILLS", people will not be scared into quitting! Governments use that fact to their advantage in their campaigns. They are skilfully crafted to get the message across so that people think they are trying to make smokers quit, but really, the underlying message is to just carry on as before and anyone who wants to start smoking should get cracking right away!
So now that you maybe have a little less faith in your caring government trying to help smokers to quit, it will become perfectly plain that anti-smoking packs and nicotine patches and gums are just tools to keep people used to having nicotine in their bodies in readiness for the time they have had it with the patches and reach for a pack of smokes!
How Can You Really Stop Smoking?
To really stop smoking, you have to really want to. Nothing less and nothing more! You have to reach the decision all by yourself that you are going to be a non-smoker from now on and promise yourself you will stick to your decision. That means you don't buy any more cigarettes and you don't accept them from other smokers. It's a cutting of the cord that you must make and you must be firm and resolute in your decision with no room for going back on your promise to yourself.
Not everyone will have the determination of character to be able to pull that off by themselves. Many will need some help and there is plenty of it to find when you go looking. The most successful alternative measure is hypnotherapy, as it targets the subconscious habit forming processes and uses post-hypnotic suggestion to help to break the habit and remove the perceived need to smoke for long enough so that the person's own willpower can take over after the initial "hard part" has been overcome. Hypnotherapy is followed by acupuncture and then certain other fringe therapies that have certain merits but few have the capability of hypnosis backed by strong subconscious suggestion techniques used by experienced hypnotherapists.
The best way forward is to make sure you do not have any cigarettes or tobacco in your house or at your place of work. Avoid people who smoke, because even though they are aware you have quit, they will still try to offer you a cigarette to satisfy their own failure to break their habit in the hope that you will give in and accept one, making them feel less of a failure. Even if they are courteous enough to not offer you one, they may still light up in front of you, which is almost as bad!
Staying off tobacco can take some time to get over the first difficult days. There is no easy way out of this. Some people are able to breeze through this period without any bother, while others feel the craving for a cigarette gnawing away at them. Some people experience such a strong craving that they are convinced the "addiction" is forcing them to smoke again and will often cave in under the strain. The reaction is different for different people.
As long as you realize that it is not an addiction that you are fighting, but merely a strong habit, then that fight gets a lot easier. That because it's a lot easier to stop doing a thing when you know you are not physically addicted. Just like biting fingernails. You can stop if you really want to!
So far, in the pilot article and this one, I have not made any mention of why I know that nicotine and all the other substances in tobacco smoke are NOT addictive in the chemical sense that a drug like heroine is addictive. There is overwhelming evidence to support this fact. And it is a fact, not a theory.
I will expand on this in the following article.