Smoking addiction is an uncontrollable addiction to nicotine, where stopping the smoking habit can cause severe physical, mental and emotional disturbance. Cigarette smoke contains over 400 toxic substances all damaging to health, the most harmful being tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. 6 out of 10 people who smoke want to give up smoking (9 out of 10 in Ireland), but only 2,5 percent of all smokers are able to give up each year. One in two smokers who do not stop will eventually die because of their smoking! Smoking is one the main causes of diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and is also one of leading causes for cardiovascular diseases such as poor circulation, heart attacks and stroke. Together with obesity, smoking is one of the largest causes for bad health for people in Ireland and the industrialised world.
The Addictive Cause for Smoking
There are basically three major reasons why a person gets addicted to nicotine. One of the leading causes is due to the bio-chemical release of endorphins in the body, that happens in order fight off the toxic effect of nicotine when a person smoke. The endorphins has a calming and soothing affect, and when a person first begins to smoke the body learns very quickly to save up on endorphins for the time a bash of toxic nicotine enters the bloodstream. People who don’t smoke release endorphins naturally in their body when they enjoy themselves, but a person who smokes will not release them in the same way, but has to have a cigarette in order to get the same affect.
The second reason people smoke is because they have made it an unconscious habit. If we keep doing something over and over again we eventually start doing it automatically without even thinking about it. Your unconscious mind takes over the control of actions you repeat often enough. When you read this text, you don’t even think of how you do it, although at one point in life you had struggled and had to learn how to read. Now you do it automatically without thinking! Similarly, if you have smoked a packet of cigarettes every day for a few years, your unconscious mind will get programmed to continue doing it for you, even if you consciously don’t want to anymore. The habit of smoking has become automatic and seems to happen by itself.
The third reason for continuing to smoke is emotion based. People who start smoking in their youth usually do this because they want to fit in with their peers or they want to feel like an adult, or they want feel more free and rebel against authority. All these reasons to smoke in younger developing years sets an emotional foundation and strong identity of being smoker. There can also be the emotional association of smoking with having fun, being with good friends and taking a break from work.
The Cure for Smoking
The most effective way to rid yourself of the smoking habit is to address the feeling of abstinence and urge when you haven’t smoked for a while. FasterEFT releases the abstinence and the emotional association with smoking quickly. Through exercises in NLP, the smoker will experience how his body can produce the calming and soothing sensation of endorphins all on its own and realises really no need to smoke. Through positive suggestions in Hypnosis a new identity of being smoke free is established. With the combination these techniques the vast majority of smokers will be able to give up smoking in just one session. For smokers smoking more than 30 cigarettes a day, more sessions can be required to become smoke free. In smoking more than 30 cigarettes a day, very often other underlying issues also needs to be dealt with. It’s still possible to quit smoking in one just one session if you smoke that many cigarettes, but you are more likely to substitute the smoking habit with an other addiction like over-eating, compulsive-obsessive working, or something similar. In helping heavy smokers, I make sure to treat the underlying issues as well. Depending on the individual and the issue at hand, treament for heavy smokers usually takes about 4-10 session in total.