Why do you think that you are still smoking after all these years?
The thing that normally stops most people from making a decision to quit cigarettes is that they make excuses and reasons. So we are going to handle them now and set them aside for good, OK?
The biggest excuse that most of them use is probably that they smoke because of stress. It is usually the stress of their job, family, kids, and life. Stress used to be my friends excuse.
One of my friends used to smoke about eight years ago. They had a job that was really stressful and they used to smoke because they said they were stressed. And that is when I simply pointed out to my friend. Do you smoke on the weekends? My friend said yes, I still smoke on the weekend. I asked my friend if he still smokes when on vacation. And my friend said yes he is still smoking on vacation. Then I said to my friend, if you still smoke on the weekends, and when you’re on vacation. How can you say that you smoke because of stress? Isn’t this stress of the job gone when you’re on vacation and on the weekends?
He smoked the same amount day in and day out. And it is not like on a really stressful day he had 80 cigarettes and the following non-stressful day he had five cigarettes. On the weekends, during stress, not stressed he smoked the same amount of cigarettes. So where is the stress? It is a great excuse but that is all it is - an excuse.
A lot of smokers tell me that smoking relaxes them.
Now if you know anything about nicotine, you know, it’s impossible to actually relax when you smoke, because nicotine is actually a stimulant.
When you inhale nicotine it goes into your bloodstream and goes everywhere including your heart. Your heart sees nicotine as a poison and it increases your heart rate by about 12 beats per minute trying to get rid of the poison. This is why even when you haven’t smoked a cigarette in a while you may notice heart palpitations or lightheadedness or dizziness, because the nicotine is a stimulant causing your heart and your body to react and try to get rid of it. Your stomach produces extra stomach acid every time you smoke cigarettes, about ½ a cup of extra acid for every 2 packs of cigarettes.
You have a powerful stimulant like nicotine and you also have other carcinogens that are stimulants. And if you add additional stimulants like caffeine or tea or coffee, you have at least three extremely powerful stimulants causing the body to be hyper excited. Is that person relaxed? Not even close. In fact, your body is working overtime trying to get rid of all the poisons and toxins, you just put into it. So it is absolutely impossible to smoke and physiologically relax. Any feeling of relaxation is just an illusion.
Actually if you didn’t have any willpower, you wouldn’t ever get out of bed, you wouldn’t go to work, you wouldn’t make payments on a house, if you didn’t have any willpower you wouldn’t do anything. Willpower is what allows you to do the dozens of things that you do every day of your life, maybe even if you don’t want to do them. And you do that because you have to, that’s what willpower is! So actually, you do have lots of willpower. The only question is are you going to start using it to quit cigarettes? Because I know, under the right set of circumstances you could quit just by using willpower alone. No gum, patches, acupuncture, hypnosis, or anything.
How many of the cigarettes that you smoke, do you actually enjoy?
Most say 4 or 5.
Well, it takes about 4 minutes to smoke a cigarette, so that’s 4 x 4, or 16 minutes of enjoyment.
Now of course. It’s decreasing your health, but what is your health when you get 16 minutes of pleasure or enjoyment from smoking a cigarette. And you’re suffering with coughing and shortness of breath, hacking up mucus each morning and not being able to do all the things you want to do. Oh yeah, and it smells but what’s personal hygiene. We get those 16 minutes of enjoyment? And you’re spending thousands of dollars but hey; you got the money you can afford it. And studies show that it can take an average of 14 years off your life but hey, what is 16 minutes of pure enjoyment? I mean, it’s worth it isn’t it?
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