Nicotine Replacement Therapies and Risks of Habituation

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and the Risks of Habituation

Smoking is a habit and NRT only prolongs that habit

The mainstream public has been led to believe that the main culprit behind tobacco use is the addictive nature of nicotine. Despite evidence to the contrary, such as studies that confirm that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit, many smokers cling to the idea that kicking smoking simply means kicking nicotine addiction. Thus, many smokers readily enlist the services of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). However, there is a major problem with this approach to quitting smoking: NRTs can create the same psychological dependency as cigarettes.

What is NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT is used by many people who want to quit smoking for good. The method is pretty simple: smoking cessation is achieved by administering doses of nicotine by way of either nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The idea is that as long as the smoker gets a little bit of nicotine, he or she will have satisfied the craving for cigarettes. Unfortunately, NRT very often becomes a bad habit of its own.

Research on NRT

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, NRTs are not effective in the long-term battle against tobacco use. In other words: those who smoke before they start chewing nicotine gum will likely keep smoking later on in life.

Tel Aviv University’s study that demonstrated the fact that smoking is a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction shows that the reason for both cigarette and NRT dependency is a belief system that creates an unhealthy reliance on the former and the latter. Smokers continue to smoke because they learn to associate positive emotions and phenomena with the act of smoking a cigarette.

NRT users continue to chew gum or use patches because they become dependent on the psychological satisfaction they get from believing that they are controlling their smoking habit.  In the end, both dependencies are rooted not in the physical body but in the needs of the psyche.

So why do many quit smoking professionals continue to advocate NRTs?

The unfortunate truth is because there is money to be made in the manufacturing of such products. Helping people conquer the smoking habit via quit smoking hypnosis or other mind over matter methods is not very lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry. Hence, the mainstream has a tendency to promote NRTs.

The most surefire way to quit smoking for good is not to depend on NRTs but instead to create new beliefs and thought processes that diminish the need for the tobacco habit. Quitting smoking is really about getting to the psychological root of the problem and then fixing it.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Do it for the Kids! Smoking’s Impact on Children

Quitting Smoking is something you do, not only for yourself—you also do it for the people you love, particularly children.

Paul’s Story

Paul was a smoker and his daughter Alexis was the main reason for stopping as he knew it was affecting her health.  You see Alexis has asthma and Paul had been advised that smoking was harmful for children. He was very surprised and grateful to be a non smoker at the end of his Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.

You see when parents have a regular smoking habit, their children are negatively affected in a variety of ways including:

Depressed as he wants to quit smoking

Depressed as he wants to quit smoking

Poor Health

Breathing secondhand smoke is just as poisonous and dangerous as smoking a cigarette. For children, however, secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous because their lungs, among other body parts, are less developed and more susceptible to the harmful effects of cigarette toxins. Often children of smokers develop issues such as asthma, chronic pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. They can also develop circulatory problems and there has even been research suggesting a link between secondhand smoke inhalation and leukemia and brain tumors in children.

Poor Habits

Children exposed to their parents’ unhealthy smoking habit, learn that this kind of unhealthy behavior is acceptable. Parents are children’s number one role models and children are always watching mum and dad in order to mimic their behavior and learn to be adults. This is how children learn many of the habits they will carry with them into their adult life, for better or worse.

You have the power to quit—you just need to make the decision to do it. And when you do contact Maureen Hamilton 1300 619 684 or go to for more information and/or to book online. Maureen has been helping people to quit smoking for years and still gives a Lifetime Guarantee. So if the person smokes again, they come back at no extra cost.

Maureen is very committed and only sees people if they are also committed and have a real want to quit. So do give Maureen a call today.

Quit Smoking and Get Rid of Your Chest Pain

Whether you have just quit smoking or even if you are still smoking, chest pain is a problem you are likely to encounter with cigarette usage. If you experience smoking-related chest pain, then you know that it can be a scary experience; chest pain causes many smokers to worry about diseases such as cancer and emphysema. However before you diagnose yourself (or dive into the scary medical information flooding the internet) take the time to understand the various kinds and causes of chest pain—and then make sure to see your doctor to get the final verdict on what you are experiencing.

Are you a long term smoker?

Long-term smokers, short-term smokers and the newly smoke-free all have the potential to experience chest pain. Chest pain, as a term, is  very vague. There are different kinds of chest pain: sharp, shooting pains when breathing, dull aching, throbbing, pain with coughing etc.

Smokers often experience all of the above mentioned types of chest pain, but not all indicate the presence of a medical condition. Still, if you are a smoker and you experience sustained chest pain, then you need to get to a doctor right away; you could be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, or angina pectoris—insufficient blood flow to the heart which can result in a heart attack.

For the newly smoke-free, chest pain and even black mucus are very common in the first few weeks after you quit smoking. However, if you notice that the pain does not subside, or that the mucus is black and also streaked with blood, it is important you go to the doctor for a check-up to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

How to avoid chest pain

The best way to avoid chest pain? Don’t smoke, obviously! In other words – quit smoking! But if you are a smoker, then it is never too late to take charge of your health and get rid of that nagging sore feeling in your chest for good. There are many methods out there that can help you, such as quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you re-wire your brain’s beliefs and feelings about cigarettes so that you no longer depend on them for emotional and/or psychological soothing.

You have the power to quit

You just have to make the decision to stop. Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are ready to stop smoking, then go and book yourself in for your Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.  Alternatively call 1300 619 684 and have a chat to one of our friendly staff.