Quit smoking support forums: Are they worthwhile?

I have decided to give nicotine replacement therapy (my favoured punchbag) a rest for today and ask some questions about quit smoking support forums.

In the years I have been involved with smoking cessation and familiarising myself with the whole industry, I have focussed mainly on the two great evils of smoking cessation: pharmaceutical companies and snake oil vendors.

Smokers are a desperate bunch. They desperately want to quit smoking but they don’t know how and every time they try something new, it fails them (or so it seems). Anecdotally of course, hypnosis, acupuncture, even bloody homoeopathy is successful, but in the long term, education if far and away the most successful way of quitting smoking.

So why am I having a go at quit smoking support forums today?

Well, If you have read my book (if you haven’t you should!) you will understand that I make people realise how easy it can be to quit smoking if you know how. If you know how to quit smoking, much like changing a tyre on your car, you dont need any support. It is so easy, there is no need.

Quit smoking support forums merely serve to perpetuate the lie that quitting smoking is a) difficult and therefore b) a big deal.

It is neither!

Quitting smoking is just as easy as changing a car tyre ONCE YOU KNOW HOW! As a result, you do not need a quit smoking support forum to get you through it, just as you don’t need a tyre changing support forum to overcome changing a tyre on your car!

I am not suggesting for a minute that you don’t look at quit smoking support forums because there is plenty of useful information on them. It’s just a bit difficult to get at because a quit smoking support forum isn’t organised like a book. Books that are written to convey information to you are ordered (it’s one of the things that makes them valuable!) wheras forums are discussion boards and are disorganised. Sure the information is probably there is snippets and nuggets but there is a lot of fat between the meaty bits.

So for now, my view is that you shouldn’t worry about quit smoking support forums, you should worry about learning how to quit smoking!

Quit smoking NRT products

I have got a real ‘bee in my bonnet’ today about quit smoking NRT products. I mean things like nicotine patches, gum and lozenges and the like. I’m like that you see. I get an idea in my head and it bugs me all day.

The thing that gets me about quit smoking NRT products is that they don’t make any sense. Afterall, how do people expect to solve their nicotine addiction (and let’s face it, that is why smokers smoke) with more nicotine? It simply does not make sense – much less so when like me, you fully understand why smokers smoke (it isn’t just about nicotine addiction but that is the major part!).

Before considering using quit smoking NRT products, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do alcoholics use alcohol to overcome alcoholism or do they use abstinence?
  2. Do cocaine addicts turn to cocaine as a means of overcoming their cocaine addiction or do they find success in abstinence?
  3. Do heroine addicts successfully overcome heroine by taking more heroine or by going cold turkey?
  4. Do paedophiles become cured of paedophilia by being supplied with young children to manifest their perversion?

Of course the answer to all these questions is no, no, no. We could discuss the use of methidone to overcome heroine addiction but that is merely replacing one addiction with a similar addiction. Replacing heroine addiction with methidone addiction. Of course the last question is the most offensive but I am not here to give you a nice time, I am here to shock you into realising that nicotine is not going to solve nicotine addiction.

There is no way that quit smoking NRT products are going to help smokers overcome their nicotine addiction. To add to that, other forms of smoking cessation drug have been shown to have very poor long term success rates. Sure they work for the first 6 months (sometimes) at the rates that are publicised, but not in the longer term. Why?

Simple – people still miss cigarettes. They give them up instead of kicking them out of their lives forever. They don’t understand why they smoke so they don’t understand how to quit smoking. This is really important becasue if you don’t know how to do something, it is more difficult to achieve success.

To read more about my views on quit smoking NRT products, read the following post: The Nicotine Replacement Therapy Scam.

As ever, never stop trying to quit.

Ways to Quit Smoking

What Are The Ways to Quit Smoking?

Cold Turkey – If you have a great deal of willpower and a strong desire to quit smoking, you may be able to do it cold turkey. Quitting cold turkey means that you simply stop — no intermediate steps, just going from your regular habit to no smoking at all.

Certain individuals that metabolize nicotine relatively slowly are more likely to succeed by quitting cold turkey. This is because they are not as physically addicted to nicotine as other smokers are. People with a higher dependence on nicotine may find they need to use a nicotine substitute such as patches or gum.

Slowly Cutting Down – Rather than quitting cold turkey, some people prefer to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke each day. In order for this to work you need to have a plan to reduce your smoking by a certain amount each day and a goal for the day when you want to be completely smoke-free.

There are many strategies you can use. You could smoke one less cigarette each day; you could delay smoking the first cigarette of the day by a greater amount each day; or you could limit your smoking to a certain number of cigarettes within a three hour period.

Nicotine Substitutes – Either of the above methods could be supplemented with the use of a nicotine substitute like gum, spray or patches. This helps reduce the craving for nicotine which is behind the desire to smoke. The brain has become accustomed to regular doses of nicotine so by supplying the nicotine by other means quitting the habit becomes easier.

Before using a nicotine substitute consult with your doctor concerning any health risks that may be associated with it. Nicotine substitutes are available in the form of chewing gum, nasal spray, lozenges, inhalators, or tablets that are kept under the tongue. Patches can also be worn on the skin to provide a constant supply of nicotine to the bloodstream throughout the day.

Zyban – Zyban is an antidepressant drug that has been proven effective reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It is available by doctor’s prescription.

Hypnosis – Hypnosis has also been used to help overcome nicotine cravings. It seems to be most effective in those who have a strong desire to quit.

Acupuncture – As with hypnosis, acupuncture works best with people who are committed to quitting smoking. Both acupuncture and hypnosis may work by reinforcing the commitment to giving up smoking. There is no evidence that they are any more effective.

Best way to stop smoking – does one exist?

In short the answer to the question: “Is there a best way to stop smoking” is yes. There is a best way to stop smoking for everyone but the method that may work for you may not work for others. What you need to do is find out which way is best for you.

There are several methods you can employ to stop smoking. The main ones are behavioural therapy, hypnosis, drugs, nicotine replacement therapy, will power and ‘alternative’ methods. I will give a brief description of each approach along with its pros and cons.

Is cognitive behavioural therapy the best way top stop smoking?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the most successful methods to help smokers stop with success rates well above 50%. This is not the same as the standard literature you find all over the place. It is not the ‘set a stop date’, ‘write out a stop plan’, ‘stay in and avoid alcohol’ etc. etc. That doesn’t work.

Cognitive behavioural therapy breaks smoking down into twenty or so component parts and changes the way you think about smoking, component by component. The end result is that all the reasons you think you smoke for are destroyed and you lose the will to smoke.

It is not a magic bullet. It is just one particularly effective approach to stopping smoking that uses no drugs whatsoever and leaves smokers feeling liberated the moment they stop smoking, rather than being fraught with anxiety. It is cheap when compared to other systems (less than $50) and is normally sold with a no quibble money back guarantee.

Is hypnosis the best way to stop smoking?
Studies suggest that hypnosis is successful to the tune of 30% of smokers in single sessions. Using multiple sessions, success rates of 60% plus have been reported. There is some evidence that women struggle to stop as readily as men using hypnosis.

It works by changing a person’s mental attitude toward smoking using powerful visualisation techniques. Hypnosis is similar to neuro-linguistic programming or NLP. Both use similar relaxation and meditation techniques to overcome cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It is far from suitable for everyone but it is non-chemical and there are no drugs to use.

Hypnosis products can be bought over the internet for around $50 but one to one sessions with hypnotherapists can be considerably more expensive, to the tune of several hundred dollars.

Are drug therapies the best way to stop smoking?
The pharmaceutical industry seems to think so! Zyban is found to work in about 16% of smokers and Chantix has been found to be about 22% effective. It is not 44% effective as claimed by Pfizer, its manufacturer.

Drug therapies are almost always used alongside counselling to help smokers achieve their aims of becoming non-smokers. Drug therapies can be provided by health authorities or may be included within medical insurance. They generally cost in excess of $300 to complete the courses if bought privately.

The downside to drug therapies aside from cost is that you may suffer from side effects which can be serious enough to stop you using the drug.

Another downside is that you do not get a money back guarantee with them, unlike my own book (which uses cognitive behavioural therapy) and most hypnosis products available on the internet.

Is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) the best way to stop smoking?
Studies show that NRT can increase you chances of stopping smoking when compared to people trying to stop cold turkey taking it from around 5% to around 10%. It comes in the form of ‘transdermal’ patches, which deliver nicotine through the skin into the bloodstream. It also comes as gum or pills (lozenges and microtabs) or plastic cigarettes or nasal sprays.

Nicotine replacement therapies work on the assumption that smoking consists of nicotine ‘addiction’ and the ‘habit’ of smoking. Smokers are expected to overcome the ‘habit’ whilst still getting their nicotine hit from the NRT product and then they are expected to reduce their nicotine intake until they are free from cigarettes and nicotine all together.

The downside of NRT is its expense in relation to the success rate it achieves. It is just as expensive as smoking and can leave people still needing the nicotine in the form of gum or lozenges for many months or even years after stopping smoking. NRT is often used in conjunction with Zyban to enhance both NRT and Zyban effectiveness. This makes it twice as expensive of course!

Is willpower the best way to stop smoking?
Will power has a very low success rate and smokers generally need to make several attempts over several years before they successfully stop smoking. The benefits of the willpower method are that the long terms success rate is very high. Chantix, Zyban and NRT approaches to stopping smoking can be more effective in the short term, but in the longer term, willpower quitters stay off the smokes for good.

The financial benefit of this method is very good of course because it doesn’t cost a penny! This is however a false economy because it takes so long to successfully stop, there are a lot of packs of cigarettes bought between attempts and the final, and successful quit.

Are alternative methods the best way to stop smoking?
Alternative methods include herbal remedies, acupuncture and laser treatments amongst many others. Anecdotally, these methods have been found to be successful but the scientific evidence is not available. TV programs showing how ‘successful’ each of these treatments can be rely on interviewing one or two individuals – hence the anecdotal support.

These methods are frequently expensive and rarely come with a money back guarantee. They are virtually all supported by counselling in the form of book, audio tapes or one to one sessions.

So what is the best way to stop smoking?
My advice is to start by accepting there is going to be a cost to stopping smoking. There is going to be a higher cost to continue smoking, not only in terms of cash, but most significantly in terms of health.

If you want to stop smoking be prepared to accept that you may need to try several methods before you find your very own best way to stop smoking. The one that works for you will not be 50% or 30% or 22% effective – the one that works for you will be 100% effective and that is what really matters.

Start by considering products that come with money back guarantees so you can try it and if you fail, you can get your money back. Then move onto the next system until you come to those solutions that do not have money back guarantees.

As ever, my advice to any smoker trying to stop is to never stop trying to stop. Fall down seven times, get up eight!

Do you believe the NRT/Zyban/Chantix hype?

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I have always wondered why NRT is promoted as a method for helping quit smoking. You can read my views on NRT in this post: Nicotine Replacement Therapy: can it help you quit smoking?

I also have grave doubts about the use of Varenicline also known as Chatix and Champix. Its manufacturer, Pfizer, claims a success rate of 44% in studies that it sponsored. In reality, the best results that have been found in repeat, independent studies, were about 22%.

NRT has been shown to ‘double you chances’ of quitting but there is still evidence that NRT is not effective at all in helping people quit smoking in the long term. Smoers stop smoking and start ‘taking NRT’.

Zyban has been found to improve your chances to an average 16% success rate. There are doubts about these studies, as there are with Varnicline because it is alleged that “hardened smokers” are always excluded from the studies. If you don’t let the hardcore smokers try to quit, your studies are not going to be accurate.

You can read more of my articles about these drugs throughout my blog.

I found a BBC Panorama program about how drug companies can arrange the outcomes of drug studies. It is of course in their interests to big up the performance of their drugs. It is 32 minutes long and I know you may not think it is important to quitting smoking but I think it is becasue there is so much conflicting advice out there.

I wholehearted believe that quitting smoking can be easily achieved without using any drugs. I advocate it in my book, the EasyQuit System. It is a lot easier to quit smoking than virtually all smokers believe. Before trying to quit using NRT, Varenicline or Zyban, have a look at this documentary about the way Britain’s largest drug company ‘doctored’ its results for Seroxat.

The film can be found on this link: BBC Panorama Documentary from January 29th 2007. You will need windows media player.

Resolve to quit smoking

It is important that smokers genuinely ‘resolve to quit smoking’ when they ‘decide’ to quit. Resolving to quit smoking properly makes a significant difference in your chances of success. By making a ‘proper’ decision, you increase your chances of success in overcoming the evil weed several fold.

So what do I mean by ‘making a proper decision’? Well, most smokers when they decide to quit smoking don’t really resolve to quit smoking; they merely decide to hope to be able to quit smoking. There are many reasons for this but the most significant one I think is the emotional attachment to smoking.

Smokers think that they enjoy smoking despite the fact that to smoke, one must inhale hot toxic gas and particulates in order to enjoy it. Because smokers are so attached to smoking as an enjoyable pass time, it is difficult to resolve to quit smoking without seeing quitting smoking as a test of will or abstinence, resulting in anxiety about quitting.

This anxiety manifests itself in the smokers mind by making them nervous at the thought of spending the rest of their lives without their beloved cigarettes. After all, the average smoker hasn’t enjoyed a cup of coffee, meal or alcoholic drink in the last few years without a trusty cigarette within arms reach.

If you decide to quit smoking you must resolve to quit smoking and not merely decide to ‘give it another go’. And it probably will be another go – research suggests that most smokers take 7 attempts over several years to kick the habit!

So how can you go about resolving to quit smoking? Well, firstly you must accept the rest of your life must be without cigarettes. This is an horrific proposition for most smokers because they enjoy smoking so much. But consider these facts;

Fact #1: We were all born as non-smokers. It was only after starting smoking that we became smokers and we didn’t even chose to do that, we only chose to give smoking a try. (That is another story I cover in my book!)

Fact #2: 25% of the population of the United States have never smoked a cigarette and they seem to get on with life okay. These people have resolved never to smoke and they don’t miss it one iota!

Fact #3: 25% of the population have tried smoking and just couldn’t get into it – they don’t smoke and they seem to manage just fine too.

Fact #4: 25% of the population used to smoke at one time or another for varying periods of time but they have now quit. They don’t smoke and seem to get on with life fine too.

Finally, there is the 25% of people who currently smoke and who have not managed to resolve to quit smoking. Researching how to quit smoking is a good start and the first step on a journey to a smoke free life so by reading this article you are already headed in the right direction!

At least 75% of the population can and do live happily without cigarettes. What makes you so special? Go on, don’t just decide to try and quit, resolve to quit smoking.

To finish, here is a quote from Marlene von Savant: “Being defeated is a temporary condition. Giving up makes it permanent.” As ever, never quit trying to quit smoking.

How to quit smoking – some tips

Ready to quit? Protect yourself and your loved ones by giving up smoking for good!

Get your head around it: Preparing yourself emotionally for the process will help tremendously. Then, enlist your family and friends to give you moral support.

Avoid the traps: If you always smoke when you are in a bar, then when you are actively trying to quit, avoid putting yourself in this setting. You will have much better luck if you avoid situations where you would normally smoke.

Find new habits: When you feel like grabbing a cigarette, take a walk, or do some deep breathing exercises. Many reformed smokers talk about how the only deep breaths they ever took were when they were inhaling. Try it without the cigarette! Your lungs will love you.

Keep busy, stay active: Find ways to keep your hands occupied. Many people find knitting, needlework, or even jigsaw puzzles help. Take your mind off of cigarettes by walking, gardening, biking, or do some yoga stretches. Being active will not only keep your mind busy, it has the added benefit of making you feel better and helping to prevent weight gain.

Discover your healthy appetite: When you are craving a cigarette grab a vegetable stick or apple slice. Even chewing gum can make the craving go away. What you are attempting is amazing, so get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat three healthy meals daily. Give yourself a pat on the back for making a major, positive change in your life.

Know what to expect: In the beginning you may experience temporary withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, irritability, tiredness, and trouble concentrating. These are signs that your body is recovering from the effects of smoking and will most likely end within a couple weeks.

Don’t quit your goal to quit: Experience a relapse? Get right back on track. It doesn’t mean you can’t quit. Keep thinking of yourself as a non-smoker, and before you know it, you will be! Reach out to others if you need a boost of confidence. The American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, hospitals, offices, and community groups offer programs for support.

Found at Oprah.com

Give Up Smoking Benefits: 10 more reasons to give up smoking

There are many benefits to giving up smoking. Most of the benefits are reductions in the risk of developing some disease or other. These benefits are the reason why you should give up smoking. They wont in themselves help you give up smoking but they will provide you with motivation to go on and learn how to give up smoking successfully.

Give up smoking benefit #1: When you smoke, the cocktail of hot gases and chemicals found in cigarette smoke damages your body. There are 4,000 of them in all! As a result, if you fall ill, you take longer to recover and/or heal. Giving up smoking will significantly improve your ability to fight disease.

Give up smoking benefit #2: Smoking causes damage to your mouth and gums. Smokers are more likely to suffer from ‘acute necrotising and ulcerative gingivitis’ (diseased gums) which increases the risk of tooth loss and gives you bad breath amongst other things. Urgh!

Give up smoking benefit #3: Smokers are 20 times more likely to suffer from angina than non-smokers.

Give up smoking benefit #4: Want to keep your eyesight? Smokers run twice the risk of developing cataracts when compared to non-smokers. Smokers are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and therefore diabetic retinopathy – the degeneration of the retina, leading to blindness. They are also twice as likely to suffer from macular degeneration of the eyes and amblyopia (loss of sight).

Give up smoking benefit #5: Hey stud! Men who smoke increase the risk suffering from erectile dysfunction, reduced ejaculate volume, reduced sperm counts and deformed, damaged or dead sperm. Basically, smoking is a good way to increase your chances of being impotent! Reduce your risks by giving up smoking as soon as possible.

Give up smoking benefit #6: Hey good looking! Smokers run twice the risk of suffering from psoriasis and skin wrinkling. Free radicals found in cigarette smoke damage skin tissues and reduce their elasticity more rapidly than non-smokers. This is why long-term smokers tend to look older and have a poorer complexion than non-smokers.

Give up smoking benefit #7: Cancer anyone? Smokers run an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. They also have a disproportionately high risk of developing throat, oesophageal, bladder, kidney, stomach, pancreatic, mouth and tongue and lip cancers!

Give up smoking benefit #8: 45% of all duodenum or stomach ulcers are found in smokers. Nicotine interacts with the parasympathetic nervous system (the automatic bit) and relaxes the stomach sphincters, allowing stomach acid excess into the oesophagus (heartburn) and the duodenum.

Give up smoking benefit #9: An aortic aneurism is the ballooning of the aorta which can result in it rupturing which leads to massive internal bleeding and quick, certain death. Smokers suffer 57% of all aortic aneurisms.

Give up smoking benefit #10: Stick around! Did you know that people who smoke between 1 and 14 cigarettes per day are 8 times more likely to die early when compared to non-smokers.. Smokers on 15 to 25 cigarettes per day are 13 times more likely to die early compared to non-smokers. Smokers who smoke over 25 cigarettes per day are 25 times more likely to die early!

Finally, there is a Japanese proverb that says “fall down seven times, get up eight”. Giving up smoking is just like that too. You have to keep trying to give up. My advice as ever is never give up trying to give up.

Quit Smoking Benefits: 10 reasons to quit smoking

There are many benefits to quitting smoking. These benefits are the reason why you should quit smoking. They wont in themselves help you quit smoking but they will provide you with motivation to go on and learn how to quit smoking successfully.

Quit smoking benefit #1: Your blood is partially ‘disabled’ by cigarette smoke. Carbon monoxide, a lethal gas found in every cigarette you smoke binds to the haemoglobin in your red blood cells. The carbon monoxide locks the red blood cell and stops it from being able to carry oxygen around your body. Smoking knocks out about 15% of your blood’s oxygen carrying capacity. When you quit smoking, your body will repair your blood and it will be back to normal within 2 days!

Quit smoking benefit #2: Cigarette smoke and the cocktail of 3,500 chemicals found in it, have damaged nerves throughout your body. Within 2 days your body will start to re-grow these damaged nerves. Your sense of taste and smell will sharpen. You will not need to salt your food as heavily as you used to.

Quit smoking benefit #3: Smokers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure. When you quit smoking, your blood pressure will come down without any other intervention just from quitting smoking. High blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer’ that often goes unnoticed in people of middle age. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder and can result in an enlarged heart and heart disease. It is advisable to ask you doctor for a blood pressure check the next time you see them.

Quit smoking benefit #4: 90% of all lung cancer sufferers are smokers. The vast majority of smokers quit smoking the minute they are diagnosed with lung cancer, proving that quitting is possible. 10 years after quitting smoking, your risk of lung cancer will have halved.

Quit smoking benefit #5: Naturally, inhaling hot toxic gasses into your lungs 20 times a day causes considerable damage. Most significantly, smoking is a major contributor in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. COPD includes such illnesses as bronchitis (the inflammation of the lung bronchioles (tubes)) and emphysema. Emphysema is when your lung tissues lose their elasticity and you cannot breath normally. Death from emphysema comes in the form of a slow and utterly debilitating suffocation over the course of a few years. It is irreversible and incurable.

Quit smoking benefit #6: Between 5 and 15 years after quitting smoking, your risk of a stroke will have returned to that of a non-smoker (depending upon other influencing factors such as diet).

Quit smoking benefit #7: On average, smokers die between 8 and 10 years earlier than non-smokers. Quitting smoking even in middle age can reduce the risks of ill health significantly and there are always benefits in quitting smoking, no matter what your age.

Quit smoking benefit #8: After years of smoking, you will have suffered from a chronic cough. Between 3 and 12 months after quitting smoking, this cough should have disappeared.

Quit smoking benefit #9: Within 3 months of quitting smoking, your circulation should have improved significantly. If you used to suffer from ‘pins and needles’, they should be a thing of the past now. Your risk of heart attack will have reduced significantly.

Quit smoking benefit #10: Not only can you smell better you do smell better too! Your general odour will be much more pleasant to those around you.

There is a Japanese proverb that says “fall down seven times, get up eight”. Quitting smoking is just like that too. You have to keep trying to quit. My advice as ever is never quit trying to quit.

How to give up cigarettes

The simplest way to answer the question of how to give up cigarettes is to say, just don’t smoke anymore! That is a bit of a fickle response though because if it were that easy, no one would bother to ask how to give up cigarettes would they?

The reason why cigarettes are so hard to give up is because of nicotine addiction. Many smokers and healthcare professionals believe that smoking is a ‘habit’. I can assure you and them that this is not the case. Biting your fingernails is a habit, smoking tobacco is the manifestation of an addiction to nicotine.

One of the common answers as to how to give up cigarettes is to turn to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum. This in my opinion is possibly the stupidest course of action to take. The reason I think this is because of what I have already said about addiction and habit. I also think it is stupid because any drug addiction treated with more of the same drug just seems silly.

When you are told how to give up cigarettes using NRT, you are basically told you have to overcome the habit of smoking and then you have to overcome the addiction to nicotine. Stop smoking then stop using the patches.

What I can tell you is that there is no need to use the patches to try and overcome the ‘habit’. There is no habit in smoking. It is all the result of addiction. The only reason you keep smoking is because you are addicted to nicotine. It has nothing to do with you needing to put a cigarette in your mouth. Children need soothers but adults do not!

Another common response smokers are given when they ask how to give up cigarettes is to turn to a ‘wonder’ drug such as zyban or chantix.

Zyban and Chantix have respectively 16% and 22% success rates. (Chantix does not have the 44% Pfizer like to suggest it has by the way.) The problem with both Zyban and Chantix is that they break the physical addiction to smoking. They stop nicotine working somehow (and by the way, the doctors don’t know how!) but they don’t change your emotional attachment to smoking.

Without dealing with both your physical and mental addiction to nicotine, you are highly likely to fall back into smoking once your prescriptions for zyban or chantix run out.

The other problems with these drugs are the side effects. There is the nausea, the chances of seizure and a whole host of others. I cover those in more detail in other articles on my blog.

So what is the answer as to how to give up cigarettes? Well, in my humble opinion, it is achieved through adjusting your mental attitude towards smoking. It is achieved through understanding your enemy. In short, understand nicotine and how it has changed the way your body operates. One way this can be achieved easily and quickly with an open mind and a fresh look at smoking through an approach known as cognitive behavioural therapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy works by looking at smoking in a different way. The relationship you have with cigarettes is often based on a series of misconceptions. It breaks your relationship with tobacco down into bite-sized chunks and deals with each misconception individually. It may seem hard to believe but just because you think you have a handle on smoking, doesn’t necessarily mean you actually have!

People who use cognitive behavioural therapy to give up smoking often report ‘seeing the light’ or having an ‘epiphany’ about smoking when they complete the course. More often than not, they know they will never start smoking again after they have given up because the whole smoking relationship has been blown to pieces.

Finally, there are many ways to give up smoking and it is important that you find the one that works for you, so as ever, my most important piece of advice to any would-be quitter is, never stop trying to give up.