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Apps for Android Quit Smoking

Stop Smoking with Apps for Android

There are several apps available for android phones that are designed to help users stop their smoking habits and develop an overall healthier lifestyle.

Smoking cessation techniques such as apps can be an effective tool that help relax users, reinforce motivation, and guide them through the rewarding process of quitting.

Given the affordability and the ease of use, smokers will find these apps helpful.

Popular Apps to Help You Quit Smoking

Apps featuring hypnosis:

  • Stop Smoking—Quit Smoking and Feel Relaxed With No Weight Gain (Self Hypnosis, Guided Meditation, Subliminal, Binaural Beats, NLP): This app uses therapeutic, hypnotic audio to help reprogram smokers’ urges, concentration, and motivation during their transition from smoker to nonsmoker.
  • Stop Smoking Hypnosis: Through hypnosis sessions, smokers’ will lose the desire to smoke while remaining positive about the transition.
  • Easy Stop Smoking: Along with relaxing hypnosis techniques designed to help with the quitting process, this app provides users with background videos on how hypnosis works.
  • Quit Smoking Audio Alpha Wave Affirmations: Recondition your habits with the hypnosis offered with this app, followed by a series of positive affirmations.

Apps for Android Quit SmokingApps using graphic images to reinforce quitting:

  • Craving Buster: Using graphic images as a reminder of the consequences of smoking, this app also gives tips on creating a healthier lifestyle.
  • Quit Smoking Now: Using a four step process with graphic images, this app helps smokers get control of their smoking habit.

Track your quitting progress:

  • Cigarette Counter: This app gives smokers a statistical overview of their habit: how often they smoke, how much they spend on cigarettes, and how long it’s been since their last cigarette.
  • I Can Quit Smoking: Not only can users track their progress with this app, they can receive encouraging messages, or send messages to others who are in the quitting process.

Other smoke-free apps:

  • You Can Quit Smoking: A 12 chapter e-book written by a former smoker shows users of this app that it is possible to become smoke-free.
  • Acupressure: Treat Yourself: Learn your body’s self-healing capabilities with this app, including techniques to relieve anxiety associated with quitting smoking.
  • Kicking the Habit: A Smoker’s Guide: This app offers a step-by-step guide on quitting smoking in thirty days and tips for coping along the way.

For help quitting smoking, please click > Apps for Android: Stop Smoking

Kick Butts Day(s) the Young People’s Great American Smoke Out

Quitting smoking is hard.

And the more help and support that we can give smokers to help them quit, the better off we all – men, women, children, dogs, cats, etc. will be.

March 24th was the 15th Annual Kick Butts day celebrated across the country.

Kids and young adults across the country will stand up to ask legislators to protect them from the tobacco industry. Protect them? The tobacco industry is not pulling teens and young adults out of their beds, homes or schools and telling them that they must smoke cigarettes or else.

Kick Butts Day – Are They Sending the Wrong Message?

toxic cigsThe way this Kick Butts Day is designed is open for discussion, because the creators of the day are pointing fingers at the legislators, the tobacco industry and everyone else except those that are currently smoking. Why should just legislators and the tobacco industry get all the blame? Yes, advertising campaigns that target youth is an indirect way to entice young adults to start smoking, but they didn’t force them …did they? Why are the creators of this day not also taking responsibility?

What if the Kick Butts Day focused more on getting teens and young adults to quit if they have started smoking and their friends rallying in support of them quitting. The day could commemorate the commitment to quitting, like a commitment to sobriety. The Kick Butts Day could be rallying around those that we know smoke and asking them to commit to quitting while also pointing them to support systems to help them.

What if we also celebrated those who have quit! Honoring them for taking responsibility for their life, health, and the impact smoking has on their loved ones. We could also remember  those we have lost to cigarette smoking.

Putting a Positive Spin on a Positive Effort

We have rehabs for alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, perhaps we need more rehab centers offering innovative approaches to smoking cessation. And we don’t need rehab centers because if we can rally to vote, rally to fight for healthcare, then we can rally to help teens and young people quit on the Kick Butts Day.

So let’s take a step to help smokers stop. An educational and positive spin on this day could implemented, instead of just name calling, or what some might label as cry baby blaming and finger pointing at legislators and the tobacco industry. The Kick Butt Day creators could make this a day of positive action rather than a day of focusing on negative reaction.

A Different Approach

Let’s think about this a moment.

Kick Butts Day could be a rally cry one day each month of the year. One day a month could be a way to check in and hold accountable those who have made the commitment to quit smoking.

One day a month and if that is too much then one day every three months those that have committed to smoking will be obligated to answer to their peers, parents, friends, etc. as to what they are doing and if in fact they have quit.

Diaries should be kept on a daily basis so that the potential quitters are mindful of what they have promised to do and make note of the bad habits that keep them from fulfilling their commitment to quit smoking.

This would certainly be a morale booster for those who have quit and an example to peers and those who want to kick but have been afraid to try.

Kick Butts Day could create a movement to eradicate the need to smoke if we focus inwards instead of outwards.

notable references:

Georgia Kids ‘Kick Butts’ on March 24 – CNBC

On March 26 at Manteo High School in Manteo, students will hold a cigarette butt cleanup to determine if the tobacco-free campus policy is successful. …

STUDENTS at Joseph Priestley College tackled the effects of smoking in association with National No Smoking Day last week.

Stop Smoking Book Offers an Holistic Approach to Quit

Every now and then we come across a resource that we feel deserves some attention.

The following is a review of a stop smoking book of which we recently became aware.

We appreciate its holistic and individual approach to quit smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are popping up all over the internet, but the concern of nicotine dependence is still a problem. Whereas holistic approaches are much better when they work and this book claims “You Can Unlock the Power to Quit Struggle-Free.”

Stop Smoking for the Last Time

A quit book by George Wissing, says it all in the title: Stop Smoking for the Last Time

If you’re a smoker who loves someone who smokes this stop smoking book may be worth its weight in gold to you. Quitting smoking, even discussing it, can be a difficult, stressful, and emotional matter.

While there are many smokers out there, despite the universal knowledge of its harmful impact on health, there are just as many programs that promise to help the hopeless smoker finally quit, once and for all.

This popular stop smoking book just may be the a real solution.

I’ve reviewed numerous quitting smoking programs and stop smoking books all offering success. However, I found one important difference between those programs and George Wissing’s approach and his stop smoking book.
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Not All Smokers Are the Same

In Stop Smoking for the Last Time, Wissing has one notable, potentially important difference in his approach to the smoker.

He realizes that all smokers are different. They smoke for different reasons, to more or lesser degrees, and therefore the approach each of them needs to quit should also be different.

In this book Wissing attends to tobacco users as individual smokers and deals effectively with their unique reasons to smoke rather than a one fits all solution.

In the first few pages of this powerful book you’ll discover exactly what kind of smoker you are.

  • Do you smoke to cope?
  • Are you conditioned to smoke under certain circumstances like driving or when you drink alcohol?
  • Do you only smoke in social settings?
  • Or are you physically addicted to nicotine?

Discover the 3 C’s of Smoking

In Wissing’s stop smoking book you’ll learn about the 3 C’s of smoking (coping, conditioning, and chemical dependence) and how much each of them impacts you and the choice you make to smoke.

Are you a Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 smoker?

For each type of smoker Wissing offers a specific, powerful plan to help kick the habit – forever!

In this empowering stop smoking book you’ll begin to peel away the layers about the real reason you smoke. You start to consider if you’re smoking out of physical dependence or is the real trigger emotional?

A Stop Smoking Book with a Holistic Approach

pic-stop-smokingWissing’s knowledge and ability to help smokers quit, no matter which Category of smoker they are, comes from his years of experience treating smokers of all types in his New York, Larchmont office.

Wissing is a Holistic mind-body, spiritual practitioner who uses his expertise in this book for quitting to treat the whole, entire person and deals with all the reasons they smoke.

I found the book easy to read, interesting, and empowering. It is a different type of stop smoking method, as it doesn’t use just one, comprehensive approach to help the smoker quit but addressed the individual with a one to one approach to enable the smoker to kick the habit for good and enjoy a healthy, whole life again.

To learn more visit Amazon > Stop Smoking for the Last Time

 

To learn more visit Amazon > Stop Smoking for the Last Time

Herbal Stop Smoking Aid – The Science Behind Essential Breathing Pipes

One of our website visitors recently alerted us to a fascinating way to help smokers quit.

For a moment, imagine using the same delivery device used for centuries that imposed the negative effects of nicotine dependency being transformed into an herbal healing tool.

This is the story of how the president of Femlogic, Inc., Tanya Moreau-Smith, discovered and created a safe and effective way to help people through the use of Essential Breathing Pipes.

Learn how Tanya’s discoveries progressed to the adaptation of smoking pipes into breathing pipes, and how they are now changing lives for the better.

It Started with an Interest in Alternative Healing

Essential OilsI’ve been interested in alternative healthy healing to assist people and pets in getting and staying well for a long time.

This interest began with internal preparations for everything from stomach issues to immune boosting, kidney and liver detoxifying, and so forth.

A few years ago, I added a collection of my own skin care formulations to my internal herbal preparations, and went on to create the company Femlogic, Inc.

Now, we are adding another line of products that we are very excited about.

From Smoking Pipes to Breathing Pipes

Essential Potions is the name of our line of skin care products that we have been sharing for a while now, and Essential Breathing Pipes are our new product line that we’re currently in the process of patenting.

These are pipes made specifically for the portable aromatherapy dispersion of essential oils or liquids through aspiration. We call them breathing pipes because they’re most certainly not smoking pipes although they look nearly the same.

The pipe itself has never been the guilty party, only the tobacco and toxins delivered through it when burned.

So why not make the pipe a tool to aid in breathing!  Keep the soothing benefits – the repetitive oral and tactile gratification,  but loose the negative substances and the affects from the toxic elements.

NASA Study on the Benefits of Peppermint Oil

While researching new findings – herbs, rainforest elements, essential oils and the like for my skin care line, I came upon a NASA funded study about Peppermint oil.

I was amazed at the list of benefits of breathing peppermint oil vapor could bring to people.

Some proven benefits included:

  • Eating 3000 fewer calories in fat and sugar a week
  • Aiding people in quitting the smoking habit.
  • Amazing results with alleviating stress and calming anxiety
  • Relief from stomach upset
  • Headache Relief
  • Keep drivers alert when behind the wheel
  • Increasing brain function by up to 28 percent
  • Increased physical abilities by up to 14 percent

This list actually kept going on and on!

With a lab full of essential oils, herbs and the like, finding a new way to utilize peppermint oil in a compact and portable, safe, mess and pain free way was right up my alley.

Incense and Peppermints

Flowering Peppermint PlantThe Nasa study lead me to contemplate who in today’s hectic manic world wouldn’t find comfort and aid from using this remarkable oil.  The problem I saw was that you either had to heat the essential oil of peppermint in a traditional aromatherapy burner to benefit or use a nasal inhaler like the athletes have done to increase their performance – never one of my favorite delivery systems.

First I began experimenting by reworking cigarette and cigar holders until I adapted them thus creating my new peppermint oil dispersion system.

I tried them first by breathing on my pipes throughout the day, day in and day out, the majority of my day I found I was using a pipe.

Peppermint Euphoria

The first I felt was a joyful almost euphoric sensation, a sense of peace with that first big deep breath and exhale.  I found this so fascinating and my thought processes became more creative. It felt like I could think outside the box.

Then I noticed my energy level became extremely high.  I found I can curb my appetite and with 5 minutes of pipe breathing before a meal I would eat less. It also helped when I felt the need to normally have a snack.

I was excited to be on the receiving end of the peppermint oil benefits and with this firsthand experience I knew I was on to something big that could help a lot of people.

Giving the Pipe a Smoker’s Test

Essential Breathing PipesI began making various pipes for friends and family and started receiving great feedback.  I gave them to smokers and non smokers alike.

I experimented with version after version working to make a completely heat free portable aromatherapy device. Then came the thought – simple, think simple.  So, I began working backwards and came to the place we’re at now.

The smokers I gave one of my new portable devices to actually stopped smoking using just the pipe! It was as if they turned their addiction from the cigarette onto the pipe, sucking on them for all they were worth at times.

I felt that was just fine! A great exchange and they could use the pipe all day long if need be – at their desk, driving, whenever they would have grabbed a smoke.

No nicotine, no toxins, just organic peppermint vapor, pure and simple.

Amazingly, we discovered with use they were hardly taking in any oil, it was all vapor!

Maybe two-three drops of oil  a week was added to their pipes at most, the majority of people we found use more like a drop or two every three to four weeks.

Smoker’s Transition to Stop Smoking

We found that after a few weeks of the transference from smoking cigarettes to sucking on their Essential pipe the smokers began using it a little less and less.  They went from manic use to whenever they were stressing at work, in traffic and furious behind the wheel, experiencing headaches, or stomach upset, or feeling hungry between meals.

Now we find,  two to three months after the beginning of the quitting process, the now non smokers are using their pipes  strictly for pleasure – just like the non smokers that have found the comfort in the repetitive hand to mouth movement.

The smokers didn’t transfer their addiction to candy, cookies, junk food, coffee, cokes and other addictive substances.  They didn’t even gain weight.  What they used to for transfering their addition was just a stage and it was a  healthy one which was helpful for cleaning and improving lung function on top of all the other benefits found in the studies.

The Latest Essential Oil Breathing Pipes

Essential Breathing PipesOur most recent development is launching our hand carved hard wood pipes which are made in the USA. And we are collecting additional wood crafters who are excited about the benefits of the pipes and are interested in making them.

Our new Lucite pipes are made in Italy.  We are also working on new designs such as retrofitting bowl style pipes with our dispersion elements.

Oh, and the pipes come in a range of prices from very affordable to more expensive, and even those perfect for pipe collectors.

You can learn more about Femlogic’s Essential Breathing Pipes by visiting their website. You will be received with enthusiasm and find a really nice assortment of pipes to choose from.

Learn about > The Science Behind Essential Breathing Pipes

Story and Credit: Tanya Moreau-Smith, FemlogicInc.com.

Want to Quit Smoking? Discover the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program

If you’re still a smoker like 45.3 million other Americans but want to quit you may want to consider an approach that is getting good reviews, the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program.

This approach was created by Valerie Dawson a “stop smoking” expert.

Dawson’s brings to the table more than eighteen years of experience as a counselor and hypnotherapist.

Valerie Dawsom PictureShe also comes highly recommended by a number of physicians in her local area and a large number of client testimonials abound on her website offering proof of this programs success.

The website also displays the testimonials from several doctors who recommend Dawson based on the success of their own patients.

What is NLP? How Can NLP Help You Quit Smoking?

Like a number of other programs the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program utilizes NLP or neuro-linguistic programming to help the program participant quit smoking.

NLP is a counseling method that employs the use of the three most important brain functions that create experiences in a human; neurology, language, and programming.

The NLP approach to quitting smoking (or changing any other unhealthy habit) involves a fundamental change in the users perception of what the habit brings to them. In other words, perhaps a smoker perceives smoking as a stress reliever. With NLP this concept is changed so that when the ‘smoker’ feels stressed they no longer even crave a cigarette.

The basic theory is that when the smoker no longer views a cigarette as relieving the need for smoking will dissipate.

Will Easy Quit Hypnosis Really Work in 58 Minutes?

With this particular program Dawson claims as a result of her expertise and specific training in smoking cessation she will enable her clients to quit smoking in just 58 minutes!

That’s a pretty amazing claim – the question remains, is it too good to be true?

According to the numerous testimonials by both users and doctors it really does work. Not only does it work but you’ll experience no withdrawal symptoms so common with quitting smoking.

Exactly What You’ll Receive with Easy Quit Hypnosis

When you order Easy Quit Hypnosis you don’t just get a 58 minute CD to listen to and quit smoking. The program offers a wealth of materials for an affordable price.

  1. A “Simple as 1-2-3 Stop Smoking Guide” with tips, tricks, step by step procedures to quit smoking and utilize hypnotism to do it.
  2. Audio #1: “Getting Ready to Quit Smoking” in which Dawson explains the hypnosis program, how it works, and what you can expect.
  3. Audio #2: “Stop Smoking Hypnosis Session” the actual program after which you’ll be able to say ‘I’m a non-smoker.’
  4. Audio #3: “Non-smoking Hypnosis Reinforcement” the part of the program to use to keep you a non-smoker.
  5. Audio #4: “Non-smoker Waking Reinforcement” to listen to at home, in the car, at work, wherever and whenever you need a little extra support.

Quit Smoking Expert ProgramCurrently on the site Dawson is also offering 4 bonuses; “Instant Natural High,” “Calm and in Control,” “Vacation to the Beach,” and “Get More Done in Less Time.”

This part of the program promises to elevate your mood and even daily level of achievement.

Maybe the program is too good to be true but maybe it works. You get all the above mentioned products for just $47 and the program is guaranteed to work or your money back. You also get to keep the bonus CDs.

Making a Personal Choice

The decision to smoke as well as the one to quit are very personal choices. It goes without saying that the program that works for one smoker may or may not work for another smoker. The price of this program is low and the success rate according to site testimonials is high. If you’re serious about quitting smoking it just may be worth the try.

To learn more, visit > Easy Quit Hypnosis

If you choose to try the program please report back to us and leave your comments on how well it worked for you.

Way to Go California – 1 800 No Butts at Your Service

California’s Example Provides Encouragement that Smokers Can Stop

Today in the LA Times, it was reported that the use of cigarettes in California is steadily declining.

Smoking statistics for adults have dropped since California passed a twenty-five cent tax on each pack of cigarettes.

Cigarette Taxes Encourage Quitting Smoking

The decline of adult smokers in California is at forty-one percent since the new tax, reported by data from the Department of Public Health.

pic-cigarette-notThis is great news and offers hope that the newly-passed government cigarette tax may just stop many smokers in their tracks.

Eric Bailey, from the LA Times states, “Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating this week’s 20th anniversary of California’s groundbreaking tobacco-control effort by releasing new data showing that cigarette use is continuing its steep decline in the Golden State.”

Last year only thirteen percent of California adults were addicted to cigarettes, which is a ten percent decrease since 1988. Another encouraging bit of data is the decline in youth smokers, which is currently a little over fourteen percent and one of the lowest percentages in the entire nation.

Way to go California!

No If’s or Butt’s About It

For those smokers who are wanting to quit, try calling the 1 800 No Butts quit smoking help line. Calls are currently up twenty-five percent since last year. This is another example that people are seriously considering the health hazards of smoking and the cost of their cigarette habits.

Our hats go off to 1 800 No Butts. Kimberly Belshe, Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, reported the estimates of lives saved through this program the last twenty years is as high as one million and over eighty-six billion dollars in health care expenses.

Credit for this article goes to the LA Times
For more information contact eric.bailey @ latimes.com

Watch a Short Video From California’s 1-800-No-Butts

 

No Smoke With This Man’s Fire

AS THESE things go, “I’m going to cure the world of smoking” is up there with the world’s best catchphrases.

These words were uttered by Allen Carr on July 15, 1983, the day when he stubbed out his last cigarette.

Convinced he had discovered a method based mainly on the logical reasons smokers need to quit (rather than on the sea of drugs and patches and gums and hypnotists on the market), he would soon coin it Easyway, which would heal millions of their nicotine dependency.

Carr’s second wife Joyce had heard it all before, the muggy reek on his clothes continued evidence of the 100-a-day routine he’d cultivated throughout his working life. That day, she witnessed him have such a fierce coughing fit that a heavy nosebleed ensued.

Traumatized by the event, Carr’s first instinct was to light up. The bleeding intensified. Appalled, Joyce demanded he visit a hypnotherapist who had helped a family friend.

Dubious, but willing to placate his wife, Carr went along and had his eyes opened, not by the treatment but by one statement from the therapist: “Do you realize smoking is just nicotine addiction and if you quit for long enough, you will eventually be free?”

Many variations on this mantra are repeated in Carr’s books and by the ex-smoker therapists who work in his clinics, helping keep the success rate around the 95% mark they proudly boast.

I met Joe Bergin, the man who runs Easyway Scotland, in an Edinburgh cafe two weeks before visiting his group clinic at Ellersly House Hotel in Murrayfield. I realise our 90-minute interview was, for the most part, effectively a mini-session, all the analogies and arguments and persistent talk of “illusions of benefit” and “the smoking trap” all crop up in Carr’s books and the five-hour long therapy sessions. Fair enough, as Bergin describes the Easyway method as his “favorite subject”.

The feeling which smokers are really after, he says, is the natural relaxed state of the non-smoker, believing they can get there only by feeding the nicotine addiction. The craving arises from the feeling when their last nicotine rush starts to leave the system. So, why not just let the rush leave and allow the body eventually to move into this naturally relaxed state? Carr and his captains’ simplest analogy is you wouldn’t wear a pair of tight shoes simply to feel the relief when you take them off.

On the day of the session, Kate Moss has been accused in the press of being a tobacco industry puppet, only too happy to appear in public and before the cameras with an inevitable wet tab hanging from her lips. Bergin tells me while the industry has seemingly taken a hit from the advertising ban, they are still able to pour an estimated £100m a year into various marketing techniques: “The last resort of the movie-maker is to go to a tobacco company and as long as someone is smoking in the movie, that’s fine.”

It’s not about taste. They would smoke camel dung if they could.

As they enter the room where the clinic is being held, it’s immediately obvious to the wannabe non-smokers they have come to the right place. A funeral pyre of cigarette packets and lighters (the God Bless America and Cyprus holiday lighters are Bergin’s favorites) is positioned near the door, a constant reminder as they head outside for a puff during the “comfort breaks” of the filth they are inserting into the body. The atmosphere is quiet as the group gathers. “It’s like a dentist’s waiting room,” notes Bergin. “You’d think I was taking you to the cemetery rather than leading you away from it.”

Sitting on chairs but encouraged to curl up on the floor if they wish, the collective comprises five men and four women, from vocations as varied as the record industry and homeopathy. Bergin promises “no hoopla, no fancy aids or gimmicks” but there is a white board, graphs, a trick-of-the-eye picture of Marilyn Monroe and a fake needle which he produces to simulate a junkie injecting. Later, there is a brief interlude for an eyes-closed relaxation segment. Scribbling on the white board all the standard reasons why and when people smoke (boredom, relaxation, courage, for concentration, to stay slim, with a drink, on the phone) he discounts each one by applying the Easy way tenets.

“It’s not about the taste. A smoker would smoke camel dung if they could.” And after four and a bit hours, the ritual of the last cigarette sends the group out into the cold.

At the end of the session, Bergin asks the group how they feel: “Frightened but confident”, “the worry is staying stopped” and “the penny will drop when I sit down and have a drink tonight” are among the replies. If the statistics are true, only one of this group will be lured back into the smoking trap; but even they will have the opportunity of attending later booster classes after which, if they are still hooked, they’ll be refunded the 220 fee paid for the initial session.

The success-rate statistics are certainly remarkable, particularly considering the outcome of Scotland’s high-profile smoking ban, which came into force in March last year. It’s probably too early to measure fully its impact but figures from Imperial Tobacco show tobacco sales fell by about 5% at the time of the ban. Sales continue to be down by 2% to 3%. A study of bar staff carried out by Dundee University showed an improvement in their respiratory health within two months of the ban. But evidence of long-term cessation is patchy.

And as impressive as Easyway’s statistics are, the method doesn’t work for everyone. Four years ago, 33-year-old IT consultant Katie attended the clinic and booster sessions but has been on and off smoking ever since. “I think the booster sessions are a bit more aggressive because obviously they don’t really want to be holding them; for the therapist, it’s like facing their rejections.

“Things happened in it that annoyed me. I was told I only smoked because it was cool. That didn’t really help.”

Katie is a couple of months into her current quit and insists she is holding out with will-power, a real no-no concept as far as Easyway is concerned.

A fortnight on from the session, I ring 37-year-old events manager Terri who had also previously tried Easyway but is convinced this time around the method will stick.

“I was concerned because I was going out a couple of days after the session for a big rugby night out. But I was pleased with myself because I didn’t even think about smoking at the time. The session made me recognize I wasn’t really missing out on anything.”

After the session, I asked Bergin why he used “we” instead of “you” so much. “You shouldn’t use you’, it’s too accusative.

“I use the we’ because we the smokers’ are brainwashed and even non-smokers have been brainwashed into believing there’s some kind of pleasure in it.”

A few minutes before the session started, I visited the toilet, and a fuzzy version of I Will Survive forces its way out of the hidden speaker system. Coincidence? I think so.

# Burning Ambition: The Inspiring Story of One Man’s Quest to Cure the World of Smoking has just been published by Penguin, priced  1.99.

Easyway Scotland: 0131 449 7858 or see www.easyway scotland. co.uk

By BRIAN DONALDSON, The Herald
Original Publication Date: March 13 2007
Reproduced with the permission of The Herald, Glasgow © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

My Daughter Has Dain Bramage

Dain Bramage is what you get when you quit by using the patch, and my daughter’s got it in spades right now.

Please don’t think I’m poking fun at my own daughter! I only know the syndrome because I myself used the patch as directed, and I instantly lost about 80% of my IQ points. The first 2 weeks of my Quit were like being strung out on some kind of mind-numbing drug.

Oh wait – the 21 mg patch is a mind numbing drug!

Thankfully my girl has a good job with a good boss and good people to work with.

I contract my services out, which means if I don’t work, I don’t eat. Quite literally, my whole livelihood was at stake. If I am unproductive I don’t pay bills, I don’t have electricity, I don’t have internet, I don’t have anything unless I have the ability to work and get stuff done.

So here’s what I did.

Advice When Quitting Smoking

I wrote to every single one of my clients. I told them that, to my way of thinking, if I didn’t quit now I’d be smoking until I died, and that day would come too soon for my liking.

I simply appealed to them to stick with me. I warned them that, realistically I could be looking at another 2 months of spotty performance of my duties. I told them I could be snappish or prone to tears. I told them that, even though I knew I could lose my very fragile new business, I still felt I had to go for it.

Every one of them stuck by me. Not one said “I’ll take my business elsewhere.” And, surprisingly, I learned that many of them have first-hand experience with the symptoms that arise when quitting smoking because they smoked in the past as well.

Picture of Swinging GirlI went through a period of slim rations, to be sure. It wasn’t easy in a lot of ways… but in all the ways that count, it has been wonderful. I’ve returned to being a productive professional, and I can say without hesitation that every day beyond that 2 week mark represented a steady improvement in my ability to function professionally.

From Day 9 on, every day was a great place to be. The worst is behind you by that point, so every day is a new discovery of how good it feels to be Quit. You begin encountering all sorts of benefits, without even anticipating them. The day my taste and smell came back… WOW. Then a week later — double wow — MORE taste and scent! No more yellow-stained fingers. My skin improved, my teeth get whiter and whiter and whiter.

It just keeps getting better and you’ve got even more good stuff ahead. Every crave’s voice gets weaker, and every day you feel the freedom more and more. People look at you and say “Did you do something different with your hair?” But you know it’s the wonderful smell of your shampoo they’re noticing.

Somebody looks at you one day and says “What kind of skin care do you use?” because your face is just so… radiant! Somebody else says “Did you take a vacation or something? Been to a tanning salon?” because your skin is much rosier and not so gray anymore. It just unfolds, and it is all so very wonderful, so liberating, and adds so much to your self-respect and self-esteem.

Please set aside your panic and fear and think long and hard about what is important, where to place your priorities. I don’t know what stage of life you’re in, what your quit motivators are, if you’re a kid or a parent or a grandparent like me. All I know is – somebody loves you.

To somebody, you are the sun, the moon, the starlit sky. There is somebody that you’re unaware of who thinks of you every day. There’s somebody who has always loved you. There are many who need you in their lives. People you know, people you went to school with, people you haven’t seen in years.

All of us who are addicted struggle to regain our freedom and learn to live smoke-free. We know we are addicts, and we do understand that recovering from an addiction means a period of detox. It’s part and parcel of what we have done to ourselves by starting to smoke. We help each other through and we survive. Stick with it – because oh MAN is it ever worth it!

Don’t let the whole “dain bramage” syndrome stand in your way. Work will always be there. I hope you will be, too.

~GareK