Do you think you are addicted to nicotine? And if you were not addicted do you think it would be easier to quit smoking?
So let’s first define addiction. The type of addiction I want to talk about at the moment is physical addiction. juul
Firstly, who tells us that cigarettes are addictive?
I have an idea…. the media, the government, and the cigarette industry. And have these industry bodies ever lied to you before?
They are very certain that cigarettes are addictive, but I must share with you – thousands of people quit cigarettes every day, and not one of them experiences any kind of physical withdrawal symptoms that you would see in a normally addicting chemical like cocaine or heroin.
Remember, I am referring to the physical addiction. That is, the physical malfunction that a human body goes through when being deprived of a substance upon which they have become dependent.
No-one’s body malfunctions when they stop smoking cigarettes.
In fact, think about it, how long can you go without a cigarette? Do you sleep at night? How many hours? Do you smoke in your sleep?
Have you ever witnessed someone suffering from withdrawals who are addicted to heroin or methamphetamines? It is not a pretty sight. People who are truly addicted to a chemical like heroin or meth cannot sleep through the night, they have to get up and take a hit, just to go back to sleep. No one does that with cigarettes.
Doesn’t this make you wonder how addictive cigarettes really are?
You see, even with just looking at your own life you have demonstrated that cigarettes do not have the same addictive characteristics biologically that truly addictive drugs do. Now, I’m not into conspiracy theories or anything, but think about it, who benefits the most by us thinking that cigarettes are addictive?
Sure, you may suffer from headaches and crankiness but are they not simply irritations instead? Irritation and malfunction are not the same things. Irritations just cause discomfort… which is not a word used to describe the addictive withdrawals from any other truly addictive drug.
You’ve probably heard about people who contracted lung cancer from breathing in second-hand smoke. Now the nicotine and all the chemicals are strong enough to kill them, but they aren’t strong enough to addict them. For years people breathed in all that nicotine but it didn’t make them want to smoke.
So if it isn’t a physical addiction, what is it?
It’s a habit. Now it might sound a little trite to say it’s just a habit, but it’s probably one of the most powerful habits that exist.
When you wake up in the morning and you have that first cigarette you are reinforcing the habit of smoking. Then 20 times during the course of the day you are reinforcing the habit of smoking. Every time the hand goes up to the mouth, say about 10 times with each cigarette, so that’s about 200 times a day, you are reinforcing the habit.
What else do you do 200 times a day?
Nothing, except breathe.
So it’s a very powerfully conditioned habit.
The only way to stop smoking cigarettes is to just stop smoking cigarettes. And because it’s just a habit, you can break it easily.
Once you decide that you want to quit cigarettes and smoking once and for all, the powerful combination of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis makes the process of quitting easier. It works like this.
We have two parts of the mind; the conscious and subconscious.
The conscious part of the mind thinks it is in control of everything. However, if it were we would all probably be dead because we would have forgotten to keep our lungs working, our hearts beating and our cells dividing!
A habit begins in the conscious part of the mind and much like anything you do for the very first time; you have to “think” about it. Then you do it a few more times and before you know it, it becomes automatic and it’s at this point that it has shifted from your conscious mind into your subconscious mind-the place that is the hub of you-your control panel if you like.