Would You Like to Quit Smoking Permanently?

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Answered by: Shirley, An Expert in the How to Overcome Addiction Category

Success Can Be Yours!

Anyone can quit smoking permanently and be a born-again non-smoker if they have the willpower and determination to overcome their addiction and keep on trucking. If you consider prisoners who were chronic smokers before they were locked up in non-smoking prisons, you'll realize that no matter what their genetic profile or their physiological or psychological condition; and no matter how many disrupted hormones, misrouted chemical pathways or nicotinic cell receptors they had from smoking, they were forced to, and did quit.

When it comes to non-prisoners however, it's naturally much harder to kick the habit as they have 24/7 access to cigarettes; although on a positive note, data sourced from the American Lung Association states that a whopping 49.9 million former smokers had become non-smokers in 2009 (ref: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The Golden Key to Success

The golden key to successfully quitting is understanding exactly how the chemicals in cigarettes are controlling and affecting the smoker's physiological and psychological functions. Millions of cigarette addicts have waved goodbye forever to their habit, taken back control of good health and well-being, and embraced carefree happiness and optimal living.

Caught in the Loop

Most people get drawn into the loop when they're unsuspecting teenagers. At this age, smoking generates a rise in the number of nicotine receptor docking sites on the cells. This means that their brain rapidly adapts to the uptake of nicotine, and responds in a very negative way when there's no nicotine in the bloodstream, driving them to reach out for another cigarette, and making them highly susceptible to addiction.

Shackled on Smoker's Row

Nicotine is a double edged sword as it can both relax and invigorate. The effect is based on the frequency and number of cigarettes smoked, and even the mood of the smoker at the time; fast drags are inclined to increase nicotine's seductive characteristics, whereas short quick drags are likely to elevate its arousing attributes. When cigarette smoke is inhaled, nicotine rapidly infiltrates the brain, and a dominate feel-good factor takes hold; but what goes up must come down, and after around forty minutes when the high has dissipated, the body becomes extremely agitated and every fiber in the body cries out for another hit as uncontrollable stress takes over, keeping the addict in a never ending loop of mini withdrawal symptoms between cigarettes. This process, which is repeated throughout the day, clearly demonstrates that smoking generates a constant stress cycle, as having another cigarette only 'suppresses' the stress caused by the last cigarette.

In summary, if potential quitters fully understand that every cigarette is generating mild withdrawal symptoms forty minutes or so after they've finished smoking it, they'll be more inclined to realize the root of the agitation and stress, and visualize a clear path to successful cessation.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Survey Raw Data, 2009 (online): http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/health-effects/smoking.html [Accessed 12 November 2014].

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