People think that to quit smoking, all they need to do is to replace the nicotine supplied by the cigarette. There are numerous of products available, many non-prescription, that provide an ample supply of replacement nicotine. However, they aren’t very effective. The reason why people continue to smoke is because of the Psychological Smoking Mechanism, not a need for nicotine.
In this article, we will look at some research on the potency of nicotine patches and gum.
The Nicotine Style of Smoking
Back the 1990’s, nicotine got labeled as an extremely addictive substance. It had been blamed for the reason people find it hard to give up smoking. Yet, using tobacco does not fit this is of a chemical addiction.
In the nicotine model, craving nicotine is what keeps an individual smoking. It followed that if nicotine could be provided from the source apart from cigarettes, the smoker would not crave cigarettes. Thus, the person would stop smoking cigarettes by replacing the source of nicotine with a nicotine patch or nicotine gum. Then, the new source of nicotine could possibly be gradually reduced as time passes until the smoker’s “addiction” to nicotine was removed.
This would be a nice, simple solution if nicotine was the real driving force to smoke cigarettes. However, if there is various other reason people smoke, such as the Psychological Smoking Mechanism, supplying nicotine will not be a highly effective substitute. Let’s look at some research on the effectiveness of nicotine patches and gum.
Two products that follow the chemical addiction model of using tobacco are nicotine patches and nicotine gum. They’re superb products and do just what they say; they give a very ample way to obtain nicotine. Since the smoker is getting generous amounts of nicotine, that they are supposedly craving, the patches ought to be incredibly effective and remove the desire to have a cigarette. But how effective are they?
Some research shows, (Davidson, M., Epstein, M., Burt, R., Schaefer, C., Whitworth, G. & McDonald, A. (1998)), only 19% of individuals on nicotine patches had stopped smoking at six weeks also it was reduced to 9.2% at half a year. Looking at it another way, at 6 weeks, 81% of the people using nicotine patches were still smoking and at six months, about 91% were still smoking. Yes, 10% of those that had stopped were back at it again.
The results for the gum was about the same. Even though the gum was providing the smoker with plenty of nicotine, at 6 weeks, 84% of the people were still smoking and at 6 months, 92% were smoking.
The study showed that the 8% – 9% of the people who had quit smoking utilizing the nicotine patches and gum were highly motivated to quit smoking! In other words, these were removing their Psychological Smoking Mechanism.
A GENUINE Life Example
A radio host was interviewing me concerning the Psychological Smoking Mechanism and throughout the interview he told me that he was an ex-smoker. He said he previously used nicotine gum to quit and it had taken him two years until he was finally off of cigarettes. TWO YEARS!
Consider that for an instant. The nicotine gum was providing a large supply of nicotine just as it is made to do. Yet, this man was smoking AND chewing the nicotine gum. In other words, the gum, packed with nicotine had not been substituting for the cigarette since it theoretical must have done.
Since the man wished to quit, he finally stopped after 2 yrs. Nonetheless it wasn’t the gum, it had been him changing his Psychological Smoking Mechanism without even realizing consciously what he was doing. Similar to the 8% – 9% of individuals in the research study mentioned above.
Nicotine is Not the Motivator to Smoke
How much nicotine a smoker gets in one cigarette is quite small. Compare the cigarette to your body mass; it’s tiny and so is the amount of nicotine it contains.
However, these very effective nicotine dispensing products, nicotine patches and gum are loaded with nicotine. That’s what they’re designed to do; put adequate nicotine into the smokers system to, theoretically at the very least, replace the necessity to smoke a cigarette. However, most smokers have adverse reactions to these products because they’re getting ultimately more nicotine than they ever did smoking. What does all this extra nicotine do?
In line with the American Lung Association, unwanted effects with the nicotine patch are:
Mild itching and burning on your skin
Yes, nicotine has an impact on the smokers body. However, with all the current items that smoking does to the smoker, it generally does not produce the consequences mentioned by the American Lung Association. That is another clue that nicotine isn’t the motivator to smoke.
If you pass the nicotine model to quit smoking, you are likely to be disappointed. The only method to quit smoking is to remove the Psychological Smoking Mechanism by using proven, psychological techniques. When the mechanism is gone, so is smoking.
ï¿½ Copyright 2010, R. Michael Stone
R. Michael Stone, M.S. – Counselor
33 years experience with subconscious communication and subconscious programming techniques.
Creator of The Unlearn Smoking Success System? paras nikotiinipussi – This program that provides you the powerful psychological tools necessary to disassemble the Psychological Smoking Mechanism. This easy 28 day program can help you become, not an ex-smoker, but a Non-smoker. Find out how this program will let you permanently remove cigarettes from your own life.