Friday, June 19, 2015

You can't quit smoking really?

It is possible to be a happy smoker, if you truly don't know what it is doing to you. Otherwise the reason you started smoking doesn't reflect why you continue to do so. Rationalizing or justifying an addiction is standard regardless of what a person is addicted to, as parents we totally disregard that it is addiction itself that we set as an example to our kids not just for cigarettes, but addiction as a lifestyle. There is so much gobbledygook around relieving yourself of a life threatening habit that these justifications get trotted out as fact. Alan Carr said it best when he said, 'Smokers have a cigarette, to feel like a non smoker feels all the time.'  

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but if i was one the last thing i would do is smoke, as the corporate level lies and manipulations of facts, along with horrendously high profits has meant that countries like mine can impose 70% excise tax and still make it a worthwhile market, we have outlawed advertising on all levels and the numbers of smokers has reduced dramatically in the last 30 years, but still every service station, dairy and supermarket sells them. The mighty buck overrules any consideration even profit for retailers is miniscule compared to what the companies themselves make. As an ex smoker I am mortified at the hole in my pocket made by twenty three years of fagging up large although the journey back from the addiction and hypocrisy of if all. 

I smoke because I like it has to be one of the most obvious forms of denial out there, I haven't yet met a smoker who didn't whine about the cost and most who have said or thought, 'If i could give up tomorrow I would." Here's a bit of news that may shock you, you CAN give up tomorrow, you just need to recognize one little thing. You don't smoke because you want to, no matter why you started smoking, you now smoke because you are an addict.

You don't smoke because it makes you feel like an adult, even if that is one of the many reasons you can find for starting, We were told that only adults smoked, so a teenager can be forgiven for thinking that it is a right of passage, once you become an adult that reason no longer applies. If you thought smoking helped you to fit in it would be clear to you by now, that friendships are not created or held together by smoking but rather by actually liking each other, go figure. 

For a number of years now I have heard smokers say that quitting smoking is harder than anything other drug. seriously? a few weeks of mild discomfort and it is all over try experiencing the DT.s of quitting alcohol and if you haven't seen heroine footage of withdrawal have a look you have to be bonkers to use that one as a reason to keep smoking I say, but then addiction does that, it makes excuses for itself and hunts down a reason to continue. My favourite is the stress factor so lets get that one out of the way immediately,you don't light a smoke because you are stressed, you are stressed because you need a cigarette.

New Tobacco Atlas Estimates U.S. $35 Billion Tobacco Industry Profits and Almost 6 Million Annual Deaths

In a recent consultation with a person who wanted to quit, was emotionally devastated because she was still a smoker while being a protagonist for healthy living . I asked her if she had thought about not having her next cigarette? she surprised herself by saying no she hadn't considered not having that next cigarette, Not smoking was an abstract idea and so hypnosis would not have worked well for her. There is a noticeable and ongoing sense of achievement that lasts for many years when a person lets go of feeding a corporation and denial of self harm, I believe this is because your body rejoices in a choice that can only mean a longer happier life. 

If you are thinking about quitting but haven't got around to it or if smoking has got to the point where it is having a noticeable affect on both your wallet and your health all you need to do, is step away from the cigarette packet. You can get patches, use hypnosis, Quit Smoking Hypnosis Download or talk to a Doctor, but one thing is clear,  any reason you give for smoking is false and the only reason for not stopping, is not stopping.