This is the sentence that can help addicted smokers save their own lives with support from programs like mine. As smoking addicts, we have lost the ability to control our smoking, and consequently, due to so many failed attempts at stopping on our own we conclude that it is a hopeless endeavor. With the smoking addiction we are powerless. And since we have failed miserably at stopping and staying off, we do not know who to ask the question with sincerity, “Please, help me quit smoking.”
Who do we trust help us get over our smoking addiction? Because we have looked to health organizations and hospitals for help, we assume they have the answer. And yet, the success rate of most of the products, programs, and tips is around 30% after the first month. So, are we going to keep asking the hospitals and health organizations, “please help me quit smoking” when we already know the likelihood of our long-term success? Let me explain why “please help me quit smoking” in most cases is misplaced.
Most programs and products are offering replacements for the smoking addiction. All these methods and products are designed to help the addicted smoker get rid of their need for the addictive substance found in cigarettes. They are seeking the dopamine rush to the brain that happens after the first puff. So, the theory is that by replacing the need for nicotine with another substance, the urges will blow over and the smoking addiction will be gone. Thus, vapes are suggested as a better alternative than cigarettes. But the most popular brands of e-cigarettes have figured out how to deliver even more nicotine in one hit than that from a cigarette. So, here is the relevant question: How will the smoker get free from the need for nicotine by replacing it with nicotine in another form or by feeding it another substance? That’s the main reason people gain weight. They replace the need for nicotine with food. Over time, the need for food increases, often the person returns to smoking to lose weight. They end up a fat smoker! Does quitting smoking have to be a trade off?
So, the question, “please help me quit smoking” should extend with “and help me not transfer my smoking addiction to another addictive behavior or gain weight!” That is exactly what Choose a Smokefree Life offers. We do not offer methods that merely transfer the smoking addiction to another substance addiction. We do not teach you to run from your urges because we know that what we resist, persists! Rather, we help inform and empower you about your own smoking addiction so that you will learn how to get out of your own way with a positive mindset and practical tools that, if followed, will guarantee your success. Too good to be true? We boast of a better than 80% success rate because we have answered the call, “please help me quit smoking.”