You probably already know that the nicotine addiction is a harmful, expensive, hard-to-break habit.
You may even know what the signs of nicotine addiction are. And how smoking affects your body, health, and energy.
Yet despite your best efforts, that hasn’t helped you quit.
To know why you can’t stop smoking, you first need to know why you’re smoking.
So, “Why do you smoke?”
Knowing the real reason why you smoke, makes it a whole lot easier to tackle this reason and eventually quit.
And no, that reason is not just your nicotine addiction.
What (most) People Believe about Nicotine Addiction
Most people believe that smoking is ONLY a physical addiction to nicotine. Nicotine is the substance contained in all tobacco products.
Don’t get me wrong.
Nicotine is very addictive.
But if nicotine addiction was the only reason why smokers smoke….
Then why do ex-smokers relapse back to smoking even after the nicotine withdrawal is over and there is no nicotine inside their body?
Two to three weeks after smoking your last cigarette, your body expels all the addictive substance (provided that you don’t use nicotine substitutes).
So what can cause someone to have a smoke 1 month or even 1 year after overcoming their nicotine addiction?
I believe there’s more to the story. Don’t you think?
Allow me to explain.
When I ask our members: “Why do you smoke?”
…The answers I get, are a spin on this:
“I enjoy it.”
“I need it to relax.”
“I’m afraid of gaining weight.”
“I don’t know what to do when I’m bored.”
“I’m used to it; it’s a habit. Something to do with my hands.”
You might have answered the same when I asked you “Why do you smoke?” just a few lines ago.
All these reasons are mental. Psychological. Emotional.
The Truth About Nicotine Addiction
You see, smoking is not only a physical addiction but also a mental one.
The nicotine affects our body but above all, our mind.
To be precise, 80% of the smoking addiction, is made up from the mental dependence on smoking.
Simply put, the mental part of the nicotine addiction is the sum of the benefits you think you get by smoking.
Benefits like relaxing from stress or anxiety, taking a mental break when you want to have some “me-time,” or managing your weight. Another benefit might be keeping your hand busy when you are bored, while driving, while talking on the phone or while watching your favorite TV series.
Heck, you might not even enjoy smoking anymore, but it’s hard to break the old habit.
Because once smoking becomes part of your daily routine, you start believing you need it.
And only 20% of smoking, is the physical addiction to nicotine– the filthy substance that runs through your body and creates your nicotine cravings.
Think about it. It’s not your body that craves a smoke every time you want to take a break.
It’s your mind that wants it. And your hands that feel empty. Know what I mean?
That’s why smoking is 80% mental and 20% physical.
And if you believe you’re too addicted to nicotine… then how do you sleep?
You may sleep 6, 7 or 8 hours without smoking. Your physical cravings for nicotine don’t wake you up.
If nicotine was the real problem, then you would be waking up every one hour to smoke.
But you don’t. Because nicotine makes up for only 20% of the tobacco addiction.
On the other hand, if you went 8 hours without smoking during your day, you would probably experience severe cravings. Right?
Why does this happen?
Because your mind is awake. And your mind remembers that it wants to smoke when you get upset, stressed or anxious. Or when you see other people smoking.
As you can see, the REAL reason you’re still smoking is your mental dependence on smoking.
In other words, how smoking makes you feel.
So how do you quit?
The Only Way to Stop Smoking Successfully
The only way you can stop smoking successfully without any feelings of deprivation is as simple are removing the 80% of the smoking addiction – which the mental part of the nicotine addiction.
Then why only 6% of smokers quit successfully?
Because most stop smoking methods out there tackle only the physical part of the nicotine addiction: the nicotine dependence.
Which is only 20% of your addiction.
So you start your quit smoking attempt with only 20% chance of success!
In that perspective, it makes a lot of sense that only 6% of smokers end up breaking free from the smoking addiction.
Nicotine substitutes– gums, patches, lozenges and vaping- feed your body with nicotine. So they’re simply giving you the momentary illusion, that you are satisfied without your cigarettes. Apart from that, some people end up with a dependence on nicotine substitutes such as nicotine gum addiction.
Plus, nicotine substitutes do not show you how to manage stress, boredom and keep your hands busy without nicotine. That’s why smokers go back to smoking when they get stressed.
The same goes for smoking pills. These chemicals decrease your nicotine cravings. But they don’t show you how to feel good and enjoy life without nicotine.
That’s why many smokers relapse the moment they’re off the pills.
Not to mention all the side effects.
Now using the willpower method and going cold turkey, does not keep you addicted to nicotine. And that’s great.
But pure willpower can’t remove your desire for a cigarette either.
Instead, it makes you want to smoke more.
Because when you can’t smoke, the thought of a cigarette becomes even more precious. So you eventually smoke again. (I know I’ve been there in the past – more times than I would like to admit.)
Now does that mean that quitting is hard and that we are doomed to smoke forever?
Not at all.
It just means that we’ve been trying the wrong way.
The right way to quit, and the easiest one, is to remove the 80% of your addiction BEFORE you stop supplying your body with nicotine.
When you’re no longer mentally dependent on smoking, you also no longer:
- experience stress, boredom, food cravings or irritation when you don’t smoke.
- feel that “something is missing” when you don’t smoke after your meal, or with your coffee or when you’re driving.
- feel your hands empty without a smoke.
- get tempted to smoke if your husband, a colleague or a stranger is smoking next to you.
Best thing, when cigarettes are out of your mind, then your nicotine withdrawal symptoms are hardly noticeable.
… so quitting becomes EASY.
That’s why in the CBQ method, you first stop wanting to smoke, and then you quit.
And you do that naturally, by changing how you think about smoking.
To learn more about how to quit smoking and overcome the mental dependence on cigarettes with the CBQ method, make sure you get the foundational video of the CBQ method.
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