Have you considered hypnosis to help you kick your smoking habit? Well before you decide that, let’s look at the alternatives people have.
- Nicotine Patches
A Vanderbuilt study found that only 11% of people who used patches were still non-smokers 2 years later. Anthony Warren from breathesimple.com says, “The success rate with nicotine patches is exceedingly low. In fact the success rate for any withdrawal protocol is low.” According to drugs.com, the side effects of nicotine are:
- Blurred vision
- pounding in the ears
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- hives, itching, rash, redness, or swelling of the skin
- Mouth sores, blisters, or irritation
- nausea or vomiting
- sore throat
- Acid or sour stomach
- mouth, tooth, jaw, or neck pain
- problems with teeth
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Sounds pretty extreme, doesn’t it? And, sadly, the problems that smokers have that make them want to light up a cigarette ISN”T that they don’t have enough nicotine in their body. If that were actually the problem, 100% of people would become nonsmokers if they had the “replacement” of a nicotine patch. But the facts don’t support that assumption. Furthermore, if all you needed was a patch of nicotine instead of the cigarette, and the problem indeed was that you just needed excessive amounts of nicotine in your system, I guess you’d forever need to be on a nicotine patch…. right? And what about when you didn’t want to spend the money and go through all those side effects with the patches any more… then what?
All nicotine replacement solutions have a serious dead end. They don’t work, they are expensive, they have LOTS of side effects, and they aren’t fixing the reason people smoke.
- Stop smoking drugs – Chantix (Varenicline)
Okay, if you can get past the fact it costs about $420/month for however many months you may need to be on it, I’d rather you go straight to the frightening list of well-documented and serious and dangerous side-effects. According to drugs.com, the list goes something like this:
- Difficult or labored breathing
- tightness in the chest
- behavior changes
- feeling sad or empty
- feelings of panic
- irregular heartbeats
- loss of interest or pleasure
- mood swings
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- thoughts of killing oneself
- Abnormal dreams
- bloated or full feeling
- change in taste
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- dry mouth
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- lack or loss of strength
- loss of taste
- passing gas
- stomach pain
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
It should be unacceptable that the side effects are actually worse than the side effects of the nicotine.
Q: So what is the reason people would risk cancer, heart attacks, stroke, etc., and light up again and again?
A: Because for a brief few minutes, it is relaxing to smoke. Actually, it’s the deep breathing smokers do that accomplishes most of the actual physical relaxation… but the point is that it sure isn’t the cigarette.
When you smoke, you usually stop or step away from the stressful thing you’re doing, “decide” to take a break or reduce your tension, physically walk around, probably go outside, definitely breathe deeply, with out with the cigarette because you’re “free” for a few minutes and calming down. Then you have a 10 minute break – a “time out” form the hassle or pressure, and ALL of those things are relaxing… you just happened to be smoking when you did most of them.
Hypnosis is very easy and is a very powerful tool to help you mentally calm down and relax in a much better and healthy way… with NO SIDE EFFECTS! And once you learn the skill of relaxing on your own, you can use that skill for the rest of your life to become and stay a non-smoker.