There are immediate changes to your health that occur when you stop smoking, such as the return of blood pressure and pulse to normal levels, the side effects of nicotine disappear and the chance of having a heart attack drops by half compared with smokers. Instead of focusing on those, it's easier for us to run myths and scenarios through our heads such as "If I quit smoking, I will gain weight", " I have to want to quit" and others. We know, we've been there.
Written by Rami Romanovsky
Throughout the world, more and more people are quitting smoking. Today, approximately only 20% of the adult population are smokers, the cost of cigarettes is constantly on the rise, each year new laws and penalties are enforced and a survey that was recently published indicates that 70% of the population is not interested in a partner who smokes. These issues all have a direct impact on smokers.
So why is it so difficult to quit smoking?
The fear of damage from smoking is not enough of a deterrent to encourage people to quit, in fact it has the opposite effect of causing them to smoke even more.
What is the first thing a smoker would do if the subjects of lung cancer, disease or other damages that come with smoking are raised? Of course the answer is to light a cigarette, the go-to mechanism for calming down when faced with pressure. You are also afraid to suffer from the withdrawal symptoms, believe the desire to smoke will never go away, that you won't be able to get the thought of a cigarette out of your head, that you will be jealous of other smokers, that you'll replace the need for cigarettes with food and above all that you think your life will be less enjoyable without cigarettes.
That's the reason only 3% of people who try to quit smoking on their own succeed for longer than a year. Because it's not enough to stop smoking, you have to release yourself entirely from the desire to smoke, even after you quit.
That's also the reason that most withdrawal methods aren't effective long-term, because they don't release the smokers from their passion for cigarettes and their love for smoking. But it doesn't have to be that way.
The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently
There's another way. You can quit smoking now without suffering or longing, without being jealous of other smokers and without the endless need to compensate yourself with food.
Every smoker can quit easily, yes - easily, without side effects, weight gain or nerves.
The dependence on cigarettes can be divided into two categories:
· Nicotine addiction
· Psychological dependence.
Nicotine dependence exists but it is completely marginal and easy to overcome. It's evident that smokers can go for hours without smoking on airplanes and overcome it without suffering but the moment they get off the plane they are restless and anxious.
There are many additional examples of situations where smokers can last without a cigarette for long periods of time, and this points directly to the psychological dependence and lack of will power.
On the other hand, the psychological dependence is the stronger of the two, you can see smokers who haven't smoked in months or years still suffering from longing or frustration long after the nicotine has left their bodies.
Based on my personal experience and work with thousands of smokers, I can say with certainty that the answer to easy and efficient quitting is 99% psychological - in other words, it's all in your head.
Withdrawal from nicotine exists but is comparatively easy and passes after a few days. The psychological dependence is the result of years of conditioning created inside the brains of smokers, who believe that smoking is calming, pleasurable, contributes to concentration and offers many other benefits.
Make a Decision to Stop Smoking
The sad truth is that none of these things are true but there isn’t enough time or space here to explain why in this framework. The moment we understand that the pleasures of smoking are nothing more than an illusion and that smoking doesn't offer a single benefit, only unbelievable damage, then we can make the decision to quit smoking and do it completely and without the shadow of a doubt.
Very few people reach this understanding and decision on their own, after all fish don't see the water they swim in. In the same way, smokers have a very narrow viewpoint regarding their own addictions, they can't understand it and don't know how to extricate themselves from it.
That's why only 3% of smokers can quit on their own. On the other hand, working within a professional framework is the best way to stop smoking and the chances of success are significantly higher when doing so.