While I would never fess up to it back in the day, I used to have a moderate psychological and physical addiction to cigarette smoking- At my peak I would smoke 10 to 15 cigarettes a day. To some people that’s a lot, to others who are smoking 2 packs a day, they’re probably laughing right now at how little that is.
My problem: I started smoking regularly when I turned 18, around the same time I started drinking. It was easy to want to smoke because truth was all my friends were social drinkers and smokers. That same year I joined the Navy where lots of people smoked as well including other sailors in my division. Then when I got out of the Navy I worked in bars and restaurants while going to school where tons of employees smoke cigarettes and it’s considered acceptable for the most part.
Then one day I had a memory of my now-late uncle Harvey fighting fatal lung cancer from smoking and just watching him die slowly, miserably confined to a hospital ward left its mark on me. I decided it was time to finally make the effort to actually quit cigarettes for good. At least I would stop buying them and if you’re not buying packs of cigarettes, you’re not likely to be what I consider a smoker and it makes it damn hard to smoke.
I’ve tried pretty much every way available to stop smoking: I went cold turkey, tried Zyban medication, chewed nicotine gum, played around with the nicotine patch, hypnosis, NLP and even electronic cigarettes. All of these products had their pros and cons, but some had too many cons to even consider as a viable stop-smoking solution.
The Flaw in Most Modern Quit-Smoking Products and Methods
There’s a saying, you can’t put out a grease fire with water, it’ll just spread the fire around. Cigarettes are a complex behavioral experience. There’s chemicals, feelings, sensations, situational and environmental factors, motor activity and oral fixation involved. You can’t just throw more nicotine or chemicals at the problem and expect to lose the urge to smoke a cigarette. A cigarette is an experience. Adding nicotine but taking away cigarettes is like trading a Snickers for a Milky Way bar.
We all smoke for different reasons but we’ll all agree. We like that cigarette buzz early in the morning with our coffee. We enjoy that cigarette on our break from work because we get to go outside and get fresh air and smell that smoothe lovin’ tobacco. You can probably relate to this pattern: I like to have a beer, then I need to have a cigarette all of a sudden. I get upset. That’s it, I’m having a cigarette. I’m happy. Time to celebrate with a cigarette. I’m bored (biggest reason given for continuing to smoke by people polled), time to have a cigarette. We associate going outside then with cigarettes, leisure and breaks with cigarettes, etc. See how easy it becomes to incorporate a cigarette into every moment of our day? And that’s how people smoke a pack a day or more easily without even realizing it.
I’ve tried all things that don’t work and a lot of people do too over and over again, helping big pharma get rich pumping out expensive pills like Zyban and Chantix or selling gum like Nicorette and Nicoderm patches. I even read some reviews where some happy people said they had been on Chantix multiple times in one year. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like it’s working to me if you have to buy it 3 separate times. I want something where I don’t smoke any more, period. All that replacing one chemical with another concept is just… well it’s crap.
The Underwhelming Truth About Nicotine Withdrawals
It only takes 3 days to get all the nicotine out of your body. You can start to taper down usage with pure will-power to make it out of the woods as you reduce the cravings using your mind. If you want a pain-free method it helps to have a renewed thought process that accomplishes this goal for us or some mental or unconscious trigger that works in our favor. NLP is good for this and so is hypnosis which I’ll get to in a second.
So why then would they make products that only deal with nicotine withdrawals?
Products to Quit Smoking are Profitably Designed to Fail and Doctors are Just Prescribing Pills Because it’s Easy and Requires No Thinking
You’ve probably encountered this before: you go to see a doctor, you’re in the waiting room for an hour, you finally get seen by the doctor for 10 minutes if you’re lucky, he or she is in and out of the room in a flash, you pay high insurance premiums and co-pays and when it’s all said and done all the doctor did was write down the name of a prescription.
Not only did that approach fail to confront the emotional, psychological, energetic, social, behavioral and recreational dimensions of cigarette smoking- but it may have actually set you back even more money and time-wise.
Before I get to what worked for me, here is a list of other quit smoking products that I reviewed:
There have been several hundred people who have committed suicide while on this drug and people are starting to think that it is related. The FDA has scheduled a public hearing in 2014 with the company (Pfizer) that produces the drug to address concerns.
Stopping smoking cold turkey
This is the classic of all attempts to quit smoking. Most people do not succeed at least on their first time when quitting cigarettes cold turkey. However if you attempt to quit smoking cold turkey you can often increase your chances of eventually quitting down the road even if you fill in the short-term.
Electronic cigarettes are far safer than regular cigarettes however they can also themselves be expensive and they do have their own side effects. Still I did try electronic cigarettes a couple of times and when I smoked a cigarette after electronic cigarettes, smoking cigarettes was far less enjoyable. So there’s that. You can often find a cheap electronic cigarette at your local gas station or convenience store. Statistically speaking though electronic cigarettes have not been proven to help people stop smoking but many people around the web swear by it.
I think electronic cigarettes are cool but again I’m trying to break addiction here, not become addicted to something new.
I first tried Nicorette gum when I was on a submarine. Nicotine gum is quite a novelty. It’s kind of fun but honestly it had no impact whatsoever on my urge to smoke. What did have an impact on my urge to smoke was the fact that there was only one designated smoking section in the entire submarine. And it was in a cramped corner of the machinery room. Best smoking cessation ever. Too bad I brought smokeless tobacco along for the deployment.
Nicotine patch review
The nicotine patch looks cool, feels gross, and if you’re not careful can make you very sick. That’s what happened to me. I tried the patch and the first 30 minutes was pretty exhilarating, but then I felt like I had to puke for about three hours and had a horrible headache. Plus there’s that gross sticker feeling from the adhesive on your skin.
I was prescribed Zyban once as an antidepressant (under the name of Wellbutrin) because that’s what it is. This popular antidepressant is also prescribed as a quit smoking drug. I did not feel that it reduced my interest in smoking because I was a smoker at the time, however it did make it very hard for me to sleep at night and I always felt kind of wired.
What Worked For Me
The one I found that worked for me is called the Kerry Gaynor method. It’s a fairly new product on the market, but it is a very solid and complete solution for finally kicking the cigarette smoking habit for good. It has been used by A-list celebrities and regular people alike for ending the nicotine habit.
Kerry Gaynor is a highly specialized hypnotherapist in Santa Monica, California who has been helping people stop smoking for the last 30 years at his private practice not far from his West Los Angeles home. Many big name movie stars like Aaron Eckhart and Charlize Theron have used the Kerry Gaynor method to quit smoking. So has Martin Sheen and all’ve given unpaid testimonials for the product. That’s what piqued my interest initiallly.
It’s cool when you conquer smoking on a psychological level because then you take away all the power from the cravings. A lot of people gain weight once they stop smoking but if you just lose the cravings often times you won’t gain. Because the desire has been eliminated, there’s no need to replace it with unnecessary eating.
The Kerry Gaynor Method is an easy to use DVD set that includes a couple of sweet free bonuses that in my opinion make the set worth it and then some. There is a 60 day moneyback guarantee and a three-month easy payment plan of $35/month. Once I was able to quit smoking I was saving probably $20 a week which easily paid for this within six weeks.
The two free bonuses which I liked a lot were a really cool app that measures how many cigarettes you’ve not been smoking, how much tar you have not been consuming, and how much money you’ve been saving since you quit and also a private Facebook support group for other people just like me and you who are trying to quit.
It’s very easy and motivating using the method because you always have someone there to support you in your Facebook newsfeed and to cheer you on your journey to quit smoking. Additionally the app makes quitting smoking kind of a fun game and who doesn’t like to see all the money they’re saving? Then you get to daydream of how you’re going to spend it
Aside from an absolutely brilliant and sophisticated, modern day cutting edge stop smoking hypnosis method with great ease and simplicity of use, the Kerry Gayor method was also available to me for only five dollars to start out with.
Here’s the site I found where you can get Kerry Gaynor’s awesome product for $5.95.
Whatever you do, good luck and stick with it. Life without cigarettes is so much better. Trust me on this one.
*Really cool things to remember about quitting smoking: the math and numbers are on your side as long as you keep trying to quit
Since statistically speaking most people fail on their first attempt to quit smoking, you can be reassured to know that as long as you continue to try to quit smoking, your probability increases that you will finally completely quit smoking cigarettes. Most people who have successfully quit smoking cigarettes failed at least once in many several times.
*Keep Your Desired No-Smoking Self in Mind: Use Visualization
It’s important to keep the reasons in mind as to why you desire to quit smoking: more time with your family as you enter your golden years, money saved from buying all those packs of cigarettes, and just feeling better and more in control right now in your life.
*Once You Finally Quit: Cigarette Addiction is a Thing of the Past
Quitting smoking may seem impossible if you have not done it but once you do successfully quit smoking, it feels like it was actually quite easy. Fortunately there are many viable methods and solutions available that actually do work. You just have to be fortunate enough to find one of them that works well for you.
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