If quitting smoking was easy, would you do it today?
If you just answered YES, then you’re in the right place. Because this article will show you how to quit smoking naturally and easily.
Maybe you’re here because you want to improve your health and live a long happy life with your loved ones.
Or maybe, you’ve started seeing smoking for the poison it really is, and you don’t want to be addicted anymore.
Yet, despite having many reasons for wanting to stop… the mere thought of quitting might overflow you with doubt, anxiety, and fear.
You might even feel that you’ve heard it all before.
So I’m going to ask you to put those feelings of hesitation aside – just for now.
But before we go any further, let’s answer this important question that’s probably lingering on your mind:
Is it Really Possible to Quit Smoking Easily?
During my 8 years of researching how to quit smoking and helping smokers quit easily, I found that everyone goes on the same emotional roller coaster while trying to quit: feeling fearful, anxious, irritated and deprived.
I know. I’ve been there too.
When I was a smoker, I tried to stop many times, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I failed miserably every single one of them.
No matter what approach I used.
Because there’s just so many things to change, so many habits to reverse and so much fear about how to quit smoking and cope without cigarettes!
And with all the products, methods and books out there, that overpromise and under-deliver…
Quitting feels like an urban myth that only a handful of people with extraordinary willpower can achieve.
Well, not anymore.
Now there is a NEW method on how to quit smoking: The CBQ method.
I had the pleasure to talk about the CBQ method on a TED talk that has reached over 150,000 people so far!
More importantly, this method is based on science and can help you become a happy non-smoker because it helps you quit the RIGHT way.
You see, the real reason why smoking is hard and frustrating for you is that you’ve been trying to quit the WRONG way.
And in this article, I will show you how to quit the right way.
Because then, you will find quitting easy.
Think about it.
Take something simple and easy – anything – and try to do it the wrong way.
… You’ll end up struggling, failing, and believing it’s hard!
Wrong way = hard
Right way = easy
But what is the right and wrong way when it comes to quitting smoking?
The WRONG & RIGHT Way to Quit Smoking
It all comes down to these 3 rules.
1. You Abstain VS You Quit
Most smokers want to know how to quit smoking.
But in reality, they never learn how to stop smoking.
They just learn how to abstain.
And there’s a massive difference between quitting and abstaining.
ABSTAINING from smoking means wanting to smoke but resisting it.
It means using your willpower to fight against your desire to smoke.
But as research has proven time and time again: Our willpower is limited.
So we can’t fight our desire to smoke and our addiction with willpower.
It’s simply not a fair fight.
But if willpower can’t fight our desire to smoke, then how to quit smoking?
I’ll get back to this in a few moments.
Now QUITTING smoking is something entirely different from abstaining.
Quitting means not wanting, desiring or needing to smoke anymore.
When you quit smoking, you’re done with it.
You have closure.
And you feel the same way a non-smoker feels about smoking: you have no desire for it.
As you can see, abstaining and quitting is the difference between a miserable and a happy smoke-free life.
2. You Focus on Your Physical Addiction VS Your Mental Addiction
If smoking was just a physical addiction…
…then why do ex-smokers relapse even after the withdrawal period is over and their body does not crave nicotine?
It’s because their mind craves it.
Smoking is merely a physical addiction, and mostly a mental one.
In fact, 80% of the smoking addiction, is the mental dependence on smoking.
In other words, your desire for cigarettes. (Mark that phrase, it’s important).
What creates our desire to smoke?!
- How much we believe we need smoking
- The habit of holding a cigarette
- And the benefits we think we get from cigarettes
Think about it.
The reason you smoke is that you believe it helps you:
- cope with anxiety and boredom
- enjoy life
- take a mental break
- keep your hands busy
- enjoy your “me-time”
- or even manage your weight
And only 20% of smoking, is the physical addiction to nicotine.
That filthy substance that first hooked you to this habit.
Knowing how to quit smoking means overcoming the mental addiction.
Otherwise, you can only ABSTAIN from smoking and eventually relapse.
The truth is… most quit smoking methods focus on the physical addiction, which is ONLY 20% of smoking.
Using the Common Quit Smoking Approaches
If you have ever tried to stop smoking with willpower, cold turkey, products or other ways, you probably found it very hard to remain smoke-free.
Nicotine Products (Nicotine Replacement Therapy + Vaping)
Let’s take nicotine substitutes as an example.
- Stop smoking patches
- Nicotine gums
- Nicotine inhalers
- And vaping…
ALL keep you addicted to nicotine.
These stop smoking aids don’t remove your desire for your smokes.
In fact, they intensify this desire.
Because substituting cigarettes with other forms of nicotine makes you believe you need nicotine to feel relaxed and happy (truth bomb: you don’t).
So when you stop taking these products, you still feel deprived.
And… you end up smoking again.
You may wonder how going cold turkey works out.
When we use our willpower to stop smoking, what we’re actually doing is this:
We first stop smoking and then wait for our desire to smoke to magically fade away by itself.
But this almost never happens.
Instead, we feel deprived.
And the thought of a cigarette becomes even more precious.
And sure, you can “tough it” for a short while, but you can’t go through life always putting effort into resisting smoking!
That’s not how smoke-free life is supposed to be like.
And let’s not forget stop smoking pills like Zyban or Chantix.
These chemicals might stop you from smoking for a little while.
But they don’t remove the reasons why you smoke or show you how to cope with life as a non-smoker.
Your desire for a cigarette is still there.
So what do you think happens few days after you stop taking the pills?
Back to the old habit.
3. You Wait for Your Desire to Disappear VS Overcome Your Desire for Smoking
At the moment you may believe you need, enjoy or even love smoking.
At the same time, you want to quit because smoking has taken a toll on your health, pocket, and freedom so you want to improve your life. (Here’s what happens when you quit smoking.)
See the conflict?
You have the desire to quit.
But you also have the desire to smoke.
So you experience a conflict of desires. You’re torn.
Here’s how most people deal with this conflict:
They try to quit smoking while ignoring their desire to smoke.
As you have probably experienced, this doesn’t work.
I mean, how long do you think you can ignore your intense desire to smoke?
How long can you resist something you really desire?
So ignoring your desire or need to smoke is not an option. It’s a recipe for failure, guilt, and pain.
The solution – which is the best way to quit smoking – is NOT to suppress or resist your urge to smoke.
But to resolve it and remove it.
Removing our desire to smoke from the core is the only easy way to quit smoking naturally.
How to Quit Smoking by Removing Your Desire for Cigarettes
Please listen. No matter how you choose to quit smoking, you need to know this:
The easiest way to stop smoking is to stop desiring cigarettes BEFORE you actually stop smoking.
- It’s Stress- Free: when you stop enjoying smoking before you quit, you don’t experience stressful cravings.
And you don’t overthink about the situations where you can’t smoke.
So you don’t feel anxious when you don’t have a cigarette.
Because there is nothing to miss.
- It’s Permanent: when you stop desiring cigarettes, you don’t have any cravings.
And you don’t even notice your physical withdrawal from nicotine!
So you don’t experience withdrawal symptoms like weight gain, irritation, loss of concentration, headaches or fatigue…
Because there are no cravings to cause them in the first place.
- It’s Easy: when you stop craving a smoke before you quit, you can’t possibly feel deprived without cigarettes.
Plus you don’t need to use willpower to stop yourself from smoking.
Because again, there’s nothing to resist.
What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking
The common stop smoking approaches don’t remove the fears and the reasons that keep you lighting up one cigarette after the other.
Although these methods have helped many smokers quit in the past, they are now outdated.
It’s like catching a cold and trying to find the right cure.
There may be many ways to fight a cold.
But would you rather use an outdated medicine that has helped some people in the past?
Or use the newest discovery that guarantees you will be cured in the easiest way without any side-effects?
The second of course!
And knowing how to quit smoking naturally is no different.
The right and the best way to stop smoking, is to:
- Quit and not abstain.
- Deal with your desire for cigarettes, which is your mental dependence on smoking.
- And deal with your desire for smoking BEFORE you extinguish your last cigarette.
And because there was NO method doing all that, we developed the CBQ method.
What is the CBQ Method?
The Cognitive Behavioral Quitting method – CBQ – is a unique sequence of simple scientific cognitive and behavioral techniques that remove your need to smoke.
The CBQ has been developed over 8 years of research and testing with the sole purpose of helping smokers quit permanently without:
• feelings of deprivation
• gaining weight
• and without nicotine substitutes and medications.
It has 94% success rate.
85% of smokers quit permanently on their first attempt, and 9% quit on their second or third attempt.
Will the CBQ Method Work for Me?
The CBQ method can work for you no matter:
- how long you’ve been smoking
- how much you smoke
- or how much you believe you enjoy or need smoking
Because it follows the exact 4 stages that our brain gets attached or detached from a habit or an addiction.
How to Quit Smoking Naturally with the 4 Stages of the CBQ Method
While researching, studying and modeling the psychology of addiction, my team and I found the exact 4 mental and behavioral stages of quitting smoking.
Going through them… is the key to quitting naturally and easily.
Skip one of these stages, and you are guaranteed to fail, or relapse after a while.
But follow these 4 stages, in the right sequence, and you will see your desire for smoking fade away, day after day.
You will see yourself cutting down on your smoking- effortlessly.
The name of each stage starts with the letter “C”, so a simple way to remember them is by calling them “the 4Cs.”
Here they are:
Stage 1. Choose to Quit
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
So the first quit smoking stage is where you make a conscious decision to improve your health and your life.
Because only a real decision, can make you psychologically ready to quit.
The problem is that if you’re not ready to quit, your mind will always make up excuses to smoke one more cigarette when you’re stressed or bored.
That’s why this stage prepares you to quit so you can make a real decision and commit to quitting smoking.
Ok, let’s say you made a real firm decision to quit. Now, what?
Do you just try to resist cigarettes with willpower or buy a pack of nicotine gums?
Stage 2. Cultivate Your Potential & Crush the Fear of Quitting
In this stage, you face and overcome the fears stopping you from becoming a non-smoker so you can believe that:
- quitting is possible
- and that you can do it
If you skip this stage…1 thing is bound to happen:
You will quit fearing that the desire to smoke will never go away.
And that this feeling of “something missing,” will leave you forever deprived.
But believing that you CAN stop smoking is essential to succeeding.
And overcoming your fears about quitting BEFORE smoking your last cigarette, will help you develop a positive attitude towards stopping smoking.
Stage 3. Change Your Smoking Pattern
This is the cornerstone of the CBQ method.
In this stage, you break your smoking habit, eliminate your desire for smoking and smoke your last cigarette.
A big part of this stage is knowing how to cope with your emotions and feel relaxed without a cigarette.
Here you completely eliminate your desire for cigarettes (cognitive), break the habit of smoking (behavioral) and smoke your last cigarette.
If you don’t change your smoking pattern and remove your smoking triggers, you might quit feeling that life is not enjoyable without cigarettes – and end up relapsing.
Or you might try to distract yourself by substituting cigarettes with food.
But if you follow this stage, you will quit without feeling deprived.
Stage 4. Condition Your Smoke-Free Life.
This stage ensures you remain a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life WITHOUT:
- Feeling deprived.
- OR suffering from stress, anxiety, boredom, weight gain, irritability and other negative emotions.
Ok, now you know how to quit smoking naturally with the 4 stages of the CBQ method.
But follow the sequence (Choose-Cultivate-Change-Condition).
Don’t mix up the stages.
Following these steps in the right sequence will take you from a lifetime of smoking to a healthy smoke-free life radiant with joy.
A life you deserve!
They’re incredibly easy.
How to Quit Smoking (and Make it Easy), Starting Today?
As you probably know by now, the easiest way to stop smoking is by following the 4 stages of the CBQ method.
If you want to learn more about each stage of the CBQ method and how it works then make sure you get the free Foundational Video of the CBQ Method.
This video will show you:
- How and why the CBQ method works.
- Exactly what happens in each stage.
- And you’ll get the RIGHT tips to get started on each stage.
This is 100% free.
All you need to do is put your name and email address so I can send you the video.
And if you’re tired of trying to quit and failing, then there’s a special free gift waiting for you at the end of that video.
PS: Leave a comment below and let me know which of the 4 stages was missing from your past quit attempts?