Want to Quit Smoking? Learn How
"Smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide, without actually dying." Damien Hirst
While we may have all seen the warning, "cigarette smoking is injurious to health" on cigarette packets or advertisements yet a smoker might filter the warning out completely.
In so many cases, smokers want to quit. They wish they could but somehow they couldn't.
Not even the alarming research reports of deaths as a result of smoking or inhaling another person's smoke seems to deter them:
- The annual deaths, as a result of smoking-related diseases, were 7.1 million worldwide.
- Of the 7.1 million, 884,000 deaths were as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoking also known as passive smoking (1).
“Around 20-25 years ago, India launched an anti-smoking campaign that had the lines, "With a cigarette in my hand, I felt like a man". Contradictory to this smoking also causes impotence in men.
Of course, smoking is a choice and in my private practice I notice those who smoke and want to give up and have not yet managed to because of having something known as secondary gain.
Secondary gain is where you have the benefit of not giving up smoking. For example, chances are someone who smokes might have anxiety. The act of smoking calms the anxiety down.
The smoker is taking a breath in and out which calms the nervous system down.
So I really empathize with smokers and understand the reason they might not want to give up.
According to the research some of the negative effects of smoking are (2):
Pregnant women who smoke have a higher risk of:
There may be times that you do want to quit, but are unable to do so. You've tried so many things however nothing works.
In such a situation, an addiction may be difficult to break because addictive substances and highly intense actions trigger the release of dopamine in the individual’s brain (3).
One good way to beat an addiction and especially smoking is through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
If you are new to EFT, you can download the free booklet below that gives you the detailed steps on how you can use EFT Tapping.
What is EFT Tapping And How It Heals?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.
Sometimes a smoker might want to smoke because they want to:
- Be on their own and away from people and immersed in their thoughts
- Feel part of the "gang" and in the crowd
- Feel the confidence and in control
- Relax after a stressful day
The important thing to remember is that 'smoking or any other addiction or craving can be given up only if the person is fully convinced that they want to.'
If a person is not fully convinced or does not really want to give up smoking, chances are that the urge to smoke may return.
Here are the steps you can use to give up the craving for a cigarette:
- Take a cigarette in your hand. No, don't light it yet. Just hold on to it. Smell it. Notice your thoughts and feeling while you do it.
- Visualize yourself just one second before you light that cigarette. What are the thoughts and feelings you are going through?
- On a scale of 1-10, how bad is your craving, 1 being you don't crave for it, 10 being you just want to light it right now.
- Once you know your level of craving, start the EFT Tapping sequence. To know what the tapping sequence is or how to frame your sentences while using EFT just download our Free Booklet above.
- It is also very important to constantly generate good feelings to keep your addiction at bay. For example, How do you feel now that you don't need a cigarette?
It is important to remember that smoking, alcohol or any other addiction can be eliminated for good.
EFT can help dig deeper into the real emotion that keeps someone addicted to a substance and eliminate it from there.
In summary, if you have made up your mind to quit smoking EFT is not only effective in helping you get rid of your addictions, it also helps you understand what are the feelings or emotions that led to the addiction in the first place. In other words, by using EFT, you are eliminating your addiction from its root cause. And when an addiction is eliminated from the root cause, it is easy to stay off of it for good.
1. The Tobacco Atlas, Deaths Issue
2. What are some negative effects of smoking? Reference.com
3. Your Brain on Drugs - Dopamine and Addiction and article by David Herschman, Bigthink.
4. The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment: A Pilot Study, Dawson Church and Audrey Brooks
Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.
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