How Failing To Quit Smoking Makes It Easier The Next Time

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If you’ve been puffing your life away for years, it’s probably not news to you that quitting smoking can improve your health. But smoking is a real addiction, and quitting is always easier said than done. You’re not alone in your struggle to quit. According to the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, 70 percent of smokers have tried to quit in the last year alone. Most of them will fail the first time, with the CDC reporting that most smokers have to quit several times before they give up puffing for good. These quit attempts aren’t failures. Instead, they’re valuable reminders. Reminders of how awful you smelled after your first cigarette. Reminders of the burning sensation in your throat. Reminders of how people looked at you when they first learned you were a smoker. Of course, no one wants to have to quit smoking multiple times, so if you can quit on the first go-round, your health and body will thank you. But if you fall off the wagon, know that you can use those reminders to change the way you think about smoking.

Failed Quit Attempts

Smokers who fail to quit the first time can be left feeling discouraged and may even struggle with self-loathing. After all, other people have successfully quit, so a failure must be a personal failing. But most smokers fail on their first, second, and even third tries. It’s not that they’re weak or unable to quit. It’s that they haven’t reached the point where they are truly finished with smoking. This in turn is because they haven’t faced the truth about what cigarettes are doing to them. Each time you try to quit, you learn something new about what works and what doesn’t, and your body learns the effects of smoking – whether you consciously realize it or not.

 

Learning to Hate Smoking

Nicotine is a powerful drug, but the good news is that it doesn’t stick around very long. Nicotine will completely leave your body within a day or two of your last cigarette. The withdrawal symptoms you have thereafter are a result of your body adjusting to life without nicotine. According to East Tennessee State University, Physical withdrawal is relatively short-lived, and cravings that last longer than a few weeks are typically the result of a social or psychological need. This is good news for smokers, because when you’re no longer craving nicotine, it’s easier to notice the negative effects of smoking. And when you quit, you can see fairly immediate effects.

Within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate is lowered. 12 hours after you quit, carbon monoxide levels in your blood are back to normal. Within two weeks, oxygen levels in the blood which were suppressed by the carbon monoxide, return to normal. Stick it out a little longer and you’ll see even greater benefits. Within a few weeks, your heart attack risk drops, and after a few months, shortness of breath drops off dramatically. But the benefits don’t end there. Just a few days after quitting, you may notice that your throat feels better. Your voice may be clearer, and exercise becomes easier. If you have a cough, it can go away in just a few days. Some smokers even report that they experience more energy and less muscle fatigue shortly after quitting.

What this means is that, each time you quit, your body is reminded of how awful smoking makes you feel. If you can hold out for just a few days, you’ll find that your next cigarette tastes just as bad as your first. And this is a powerful motivator. No one willingly chooses to feel worse, but when you quit several times, you begin to notice that every time you smoke, you feel like garbage.

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Developing New Associations

If you’re trying to quit, you likely think of smoking as a relaxing activity – something you do for yourself that helps ease the stress of the day or that makes it easier to do tedious work. This is a trick that nicotine plays on your brain, though. And when you quit smoking, your brain becomes harder to fool. Over time, you build new associations. Rather than thinking of smoking as something you do to help yourself feel better, your brain begins to understand that there’s a direct correlation between smoking and feeling unhealthy.

 

Achieving Quitting Success

So how can you speed up the process of developing new associations between smoking and feeling bad? Ultimately, any method you use to quit can help you, whether it’s a fancy new drug or white-knuckling your way through cold turkey sobriety. Methods that help you more quickly note the connection between smoking and the way you feel, however, are particularly helpful.

So how can you speed up the process of developing new associations between smoking and feeling bad? The answer is very clear. This is about becoming emotionally truthful and honest with yourself about the eminent nature of the threat that cigarettes pose to your well-being. As a smoker you’re ingesting tar into your lungs, which gets trapped in your lung tissue causing lung cancer and emphysema. You’re ingesting thousands of poisons into your body every day and yet at the same time you’re washing fruits and vegetables because you’re afraid of the poison. You’re ingesting something into your body that has the most frightening track record in the history of the human race killing about a half million people a year in America, and yet you’re not terrified. If you bought a sandwich and found out on the news that fifty people died eating that sandwich, would you even consider taking a bite out of that thing? If not shouldn’t you be holding cigarettes up to the same standards that you hold food up to in terms of protecting yourself? If you wouldn’t put something in your body that killed fifty people you certainly shouldn’t be putting something in your body that kills about fifteen hundred people a day in America.

A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that smokers who used hypnosis had a 55% success rate within six months. Smokers who use other methods generally have a success rate lower than 10%. Our method has an 85% success rate.

No matter when you decide to quit smoking it’s never too late. Even if you’ve smoked for decades, you can begin reversing the damage to your body today. You may not have succeeded on the first round, but returning to a cigarette is not a sign of failure. It’s an experience that will help you eventually cross the bridge to a smoke-free life. When you’re ready to quit for life, instead of making another attempt, get The Method.

 

Kerry Gaynor

Kerry’s purpose and overarching objective in developing his Method since he began thirty years ago has always been the same: to help save lives. Addictions or ailments, whether it is smoking cigarettes or over eating, can feel a lot like being a prisoner or a slave to your addiction. Kerry has experienced so much fulfillment from helping people unchain themselves from their addictions that it is the only thing he has ever cared to do since his very first client.

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