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ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

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Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
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Ten Poems to Change Your Life

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Nirmala Raniga
February 18 2014

Nirmala Raniga

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Smokers Fight More than Just One Addiction

For more information on how to change their addictive behaviors, visit our Chopra Treatment Center. or watch our Video Testimonials!

There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that smoking is bad. What smokers don’t hear from media stories and commercials about the many fatal diseases to which smoking contributes - high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and cancer to name a few, they hear from friends and family - the risk of second hand smoke, the smell, the contamination to the air, the expensive daily financial outlay and even the face wrinkles that smoking creates!
Smokers Fight More than Just One Addiction
These are all valid and sensible reasons that should inspire smokers to butt out. But for the most part, they don’t. According to a recent survey commissioned by Health Canada, even the warning messages on cigarette packages and the recent use of unsightly graphics that cover 75 per cent of cigarette and little cigar packaging aren’t working. In March, 2012, Environics Research Group surveyed 1,505 adult smokers about their response to these health warnings. Overwhelmingly smokers reported that they recognize that smoking is a major health problem, but fewer than half considered the health warnings effective at changing their overall smoking habit. Why?

The addiction to cigarettes is far more complex than being hooked on nicotine. If it were only the drug, there are remedies on the market that relieve the cravings and help get smokers over the hump. The BC Government has even funded nicotine replacement therapies such as the nicotine patch and others through the Provincial PharmaCare Program to help smokers quit. The problem is, these pharmacological remedies don’t help smokers get over the psychological needs that smoking fulfills. Smoking is more than an addiction to nicotine. It is a physical and emotional release from stress and tension. It meets an inherent need that smokers might not have been able to address any other way.

Smokers, on the whole, will say they wish they never started. But smoking may have initially served and important function, whether increasing a sense of empowerment, belonging, or distraction from stress. Whatever the reasons, those long-forgotten needs may linger.

So, when people try to give up the addictive habit of smoking, they are attempting to lose more than the craving for nicotine. They may be giving up a long-established tool that has helped them cope. A friend of sorts. And that can be the hardest part.

Finding how to now address healthy needs that were not able to be satisfied in the past may be key for change. A new sense of self-worth, soothing, and connection can be achieved that can diminish the allure of cigarettes.

Many smokers have found the key to quitting is to pass up the nicotine replacement pharmaceuticals and go directly into their own sub conscious minds – the centre of their beings, to break the cycle of desirability that attracted them to smoking in the first place. One way to do this is through hypnotherapy, a method that induces a hypnotic, or deeply relaxed state of mind that enables the hypnotherapist to create an aversion to smoking through a series of direct suggestions. Smokers also learn self-hypnosis techniques to reinforce the aversion practice.

For more information on the pros and cons of hypnotherapy to quit smoking, visit http://ukhypnosis.com

Dr. Deepak Chopra, the well-known co- founder of the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing takes a more holistic approach to any form of addiction treatment through the teachings of Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurvedic Medicine, or “the science of life” seeks to integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit. A chief aim of the Ayurvedic practice is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease, thus helping to reestablish harmony and balance. Dr. Chopra teaches that given the chance, the body will say to the mind that it doesn’t want this poisonous nicotine any more. He encourages smokers to listen to their mind, not their memory.

Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, in partnership with the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing, is a private residential centre located in Squamish BC that also practices the Ayurvedic teachings to treat people with a broad range of addictive behaviours, including smoking. Guestsparticipate in the 4 to 6-week program where daily Yoga and meditation sessions, along with massage therapy, acupuncture and personal therapy combine to promote balance and integration of mind, body and spirit. Guests have the opportunity to become free of the initial magnet that drew them to smoking and to discover the joy of a non-addicted life. Being smoke-free is acknowledged as an integral part of health and is incorporated into the Center’s 12 weeks of customized post-residential services that may include consultation with family and friends to plan how being smoke-free can be supported.

Top comments

  • I quit 2 years ago. Such a tough battle. The thing that finally helped me to over come it was to see in my mind my fighting spirit ( to me was a Scorpion), and every time I craved a cigarette I saw my scorpion attack it and destroy it- up in a puff of smoke. It is more a mental battle. Yes there is a physical addiction, but you crave something to fill that space. I also rolled up stick gum like a cigarette and nibbled it ( holding it between my fingers), until I was done. I even inhaled it- spearmint gum works well.

    Julia Wilson // 2013-01-08 15:34:39 // //
  • By any chance - can you refer any good hypnotists here in the US?

    Sameer R // 2013-01-07 13:07:31 // //

 

 

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  • How I quit smoking and now run marathon distances. I use electronic cigarettes, still use them. Not only can i run 42.2km full marathon distance i can do it in under 4 hours. So what i still get to feel the cessation of smoking without actually smoking i don`t feel the need to smoke EVER again. Im already faster than a lot of lifetime non-smokers, non-vapers. Also im gradually feeling the need to not use the electronic cigarette.

    vapingworks. // 2014-04-09 23:49:32 // //
  • Smoking is the most bad addiction as person has and it becomes very difficult to come out of it but to stay healhty and safe it is must to quit smoking. http://www.atmosrx.com/

    Sean Ben // 2014-04-09 10:22:47 // //
  • I did a 17 day vegetable and fruit juicing..i had no withdrawals..still sometimes have cravings but i just dont do it..so thankful..ihad lots of shame around smoking

    DHANA // 2014-03-15 09:04:46 // //
  • I quit smoking 4 years ago next month and although it was hard, it wasn`t nearly as hard as I thought it might be. A big help to me was having the book, Never Take Another Puff by Joel Spitzer to read whenever I felt the need - and it was often. The biggest support I had was God, of course, and praying a lot, and it didn`t hurt that my friend was quitting too - we supported each other. I chewed gum like crazy (still do) and thank God every day that I will never take another puff . . .really!

    juzme // 2014-03-04 01:59:31 // //
  • Can you offer directions, a site, or recipe for one to teach themselves the self-hypnosis procedure. I would like to quite smoking for health and financial reasons as it consuming me but am unable to afford a legitimate program / practice/ etc. Perhaps a link to a free site online that you recommend would be ideal. I appreciate any help. I`ve tried just about everything with no success.

    Ermalinda F. // 2014-02-25 14:14:59 // //
  • I used to smoke I enjoyed the breathing in and out of the smoke with my other smoking friends. I thought it was relaxing. I was probably just wanting to feel the effects of something that's better fulfilled by something like meditation or yoga. Once I decided I didn't want to smoke anymore I made the decision to associate it with everything painful that I absolutely didn't want in my life. Once you associate it with pain instead of pleasure you'll make the decision to quite.

    Eric Montross // 2014-02-24 18:47:30 // //
  • IMPORTANTE!!XX

    Mar Blanco Azul // 2014-02-24 16:29:52 // //
  • Going to a wellness center for cigarette addiction is very impractical for the average person...Especially one in Vancouver. I think the most important thing to do if you're addicted is to find an activity to replace it with. Something that relieves stress. Whether it's a game, a book, an exercise, or just sleeping. When you feel the urge to smoke just immediately go to another activity. It's not easy, but it's practical. Once you consciously draw yourself to other activities enough times than you'll start to create new habits. Habits that are much easier to break than smoking.

    Ricky Couture // 2014-02-24 16:02:16 // //
  • Very true! Listen well and learn, people.

    Barbara Krajewski // 2014-02-24 15:03:59 // //
  • Seems a few of these folks paid about as much attention to the article as they did in spelling class...geesh :-( Anyone who has quit by "simply putting them down" or that whole "mind over matter" crap, doesn't understand the first thing about addiction. It's one thing to drop a habit, quite another to change the way your brain operates. Question I have, is it attainable without the use of drugs?

    J.F. LeFort // 2014-02-24 10:37:26 // //
  • people pay attention!!!!!!!!

    Rosemary Jones // 2014-02-24 07:30:13 // //
  • Same problem with alcohol , no ?

    Hugo Van den Spiegel // 2014-02-24 07:18:37 // //
  • I need help with this one

    Renee Parker Booker // 2014-02-24 06:41:01 // //
  • tru dat. it is more of a social and cultural issue, as well as psychological

    Norman Mitchell // 2014-02-24 06:40:10 // //
  • I almost burned a barn as a child from a smoldering cigarette. Haven't taken up the habit my entire life now in .my mid 50's. That combined with your great advice on lifestyle motivates me to enjoy whatever time I've got left on the planet. Not bieng on any medications is something l'm grateful for. I do have cerebral palsy ( birth injury). Working full time as an stna ( care giver) l've cared for people who've lost the freedom to live their life of choice way to soon from choosing to smoke. Looking forward to my next bicycle ride and loving life. .

    Donald Crosier // 2014-02-24 04:39:23 // //
  • I would like to Have another child and named her : ANANDA. But I am 43 with so many limitation but lot of Hope and Love to Share with someONE not angratfull... this is why I would like a Child..I found the time a shared with my Dougther like a daylly Meditation to my Brain.

    Margarita Oliveros // 2014-02-24 03:05:23 // //
  • I myself quit, just laid them down 4 years ago...it is a matter of making up your mind and doing it. During the first period if I craved a cigarette I went for a walk (this helped). Before this I had tried nicotine patches, wellbutrin and such...none of that helped. It was a matter of making up my mind and gathering all my will power and doing it. I have not smoked in 4 years now, do not desire it a actually can't stand to smell it or be around it even.

    Jacob Tammy Bruinsma // 2014-02-24 01:56:52 // //
  • I beat cigarettes a year ago March 1st. Don't even miss it, by the grace of God!

    Robin Henderson Mayberry // 2014-02-24 01:42:05 // //
  • It's heard to quite .

    Rita Krikorian Ghazarian // 2014-02-24 01:41:46 // //
  • I'm so proud that my sister quite smoking cigarettes!

    Sara Hardy-Baloun // 2014-02-24 01:20:37 // //
  • we don't have time to quit smoking right now

    Jennifer Sayswhat // 2014-02-24 00:50:34 // //
  • Katya Kazanova this may interest you.

    Edward Cooper // 2014-02-24 00:39:45 // //
  • I love to smoke Marijuana on my festival. I saw LINEs on the tree leafs and flowers after smoking Marijuana. Is it bad to smoke Marijuana for some days once a year? Marijuana has many medicinal effects too. At the moment, I'm thinking about why Shiva gave Marijuana leafs to his followers.

    Bikash Megale // 2014-02-24 00:37:24 // //
  • Matija Rajic something to read for you... Love you!

    Marina Rajic // 2014-02-23 23:43:34 // //
  • for me it was a habit that I thought calmed me down but learned after I successfully quit that it was an addiction keeping me anxious. Yay, free from that now for 8 years. :)

    Diana Boughner // 2014-02-23 22:59:56 // //
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    Face forever // 2014-02-23 22:56:42 // //
  • I stopped smoking on June 26, 2007. 11:15pm was my last smoke, a Matinee Extra Mild Slim. Using auto suggestion and a burning desire to stop after 17 years 1-2 packs a day, I gave it up. Best decision of my life.

    Joshua Edel // 2014-02-23 22:53:33 // //
  • Ellen Shelly revela inzauto I think being around you might feel the same way you do about cigarettes Lol

    Lynn Anne Hollywood // 2014-02-23 22:45:49 // //
  • OMG.... been smoking for 31yrs. Seeing it in writing blows my mind. It's always on my mind to quit

    Monique Juneau // 2014-02-23 22:31:21 // //
  • I will never smoke again because I will never forget what I had to endure to save and Love of Myself. And I do Love Me!

    Karen Rene // 2014-02-23 22:03:14 // //
  • After 40 years of smoking I quit cold turkey because I tried every cessation and psych game ever created ... It was like detoxing off of Heroin, I had very similar symptoms and became suicidal. I STUCK with quitting because I wanted to FULLY embrace how bad it was. The first 3 days was the worst, after 7 days I could think straight and reason again. Before I stopped smoking I detoxed off of caffeine because for me, these two worked in unison. It's been 2.5 years and I have never been happier or felt so good in my life!!! Also, Thanks to the Ashline for listening to me wail in agony without judgement!!!! Until you walk in someone's shoes ......................

    Karen Rene // 2014-02-23 21:58:29 // //
  • Thank you Deepak!:)

    Francis Runge // 2014-02-23 21:55:12 // //
  • Stimulants ruled.. We????

    Arathu Arul // 2014-02-23 21:51:08 // //
  • Eileen Shelly Revela Inzauto so I take that, now you are divorced...

    Maria Lawton // 2014-02-23 21:48:59 // //
  • I quit using E cigarettes. I tried many times before unsuccessfully by using the patches. E cigarettes worked for me because I could wean myself off with them at my own pace. It has been a year and a half since I lit up a cigarette and I can honestly say that I have no cravings.

    Teresa // 2014-02-23 21:29:23 // //
  • Interesting....I've only been dabbling in it during the last 8 years or so. But nicotine is a stimulant and unfortunately I LOVE stimulants! It also pushes down your feelings and who wants those?

    Amy Dresner // 2014-02-23 21:17:23 // //
  • ... cigarette smoking is an action that alienates, isolates and segregates people from other life forms ... cigarette smoking says "I need"... ... cigarette smoking is: an aggressive, violent action completely selfish and self-satisfying an action that "spends" "wastes" "measures" and "kills" time a way of saying "I have dominion over my body" (until you're addicted) a way of "punishing" oneself, others around you, and nature dishonoring the gift of life and an insult to creation a sign that says "here I am" "I exist", see, I'm sending up smoke signals!!! ... as soon as you learn or see or smell that a person is a cigarette smoker, their behavior becomes predictable and they are subject to being easily manipulated relative to their daily activity, interactions or lack thereof...hence, is a weakness and vulnerability and liability ... cigarette smoking makes a person feel like they are actually "doing" something instead of simply "being doing nothing" ... a cigarette is a smoker's best friend (just see what happens when they're not around); as long as they have a "pack" (or if possible a carton), a smoker feels much better than they do without them...in fact, a smoker's lifestyle is designed to accommodate their smoking habit, whether it is having designated smoking and non smoking areas, being restricted to not smoking around family members or others who find it offensive and filthy ... cigarette smoking "conditions" one's behavior, either consciously or sub-consciously ... the natural flow/order/unfolding of events is affected by this addiction ... when a smoker gets the "urge" or feels the "need" to light up, they inevitably will interrupt whatever it is they are doing, and indulge themselves... ... cigarette smokers get real nasty when deprived of smokes (even the "thought" of not having enough to "last" can get them nasty) cigarette smokers are slaves to cigarettes How do I know this stuff...I've lived with a smoker for 43 years and I see how cigarette smoking affects relationships. <3

    Eileen Shelly Revela Inzauto // 2014-02-23 21:14:44 // //
  • I was terrified of quitting. I believed it would be hard and painful. One day I just decided when my pack ran out I would see how long I would go without one. A year later and still going without. It was the easiest thing!! I had negative and false beliefs keeping me in a state of fear. I made it a test and I passed. You have to give up the fear and believe in yourself.

    Paula Winsett // 2014-02-23 21:14:30 // //
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    Monia Swaans // 2014-02-23 21:13:16 // //
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    Steven Daniel // 2014-02-23 20:49:38 // //
  • You are not a Smoker.This is the first illusion you have to get over.You are simply addicted.

    James Wall // 2014-02-23 20:42:50 // //
  • Stop the manufacture and sale of these senseless killers.

    David St.Thomas // 2014-02-23 20:37:43 // //
  • It seems to me that "addiction", distraction, or obsession with some person, place, feeling, idea, etc, is a natural defense mechanism for humans caught in the cognitive dissonance of being Spirit in a Material world. Even religions turn their focus to the 'physical' of dogmas and doctrines as the metaphysical SEEMS less secure and what folks want from their faith is "Security" ;) <3

    Jay Adair Clark // 2014-02-23 19:43:53 // //
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    Georgina Camacho Cervantes // 2014-02-23 19:34:47 // //
  • This year's anniversary will be 8 years quit for me. My doctor got on my case and I tried the latest drug and it worked in about 9 days. Looking forward to beating the habit length of 17 years in another nine years. Today I cope with stress via aquafit, yoga, friends & family.

    Becky Bee // 2014-02-23 19:28:31 // //
  • Thank you. I've been struggling with quitting. Definately going to give this a read.

    Judy Emerson-kahlan // 2014-02-23 19:26:16 // //
  • Terrible battle it was, 10years ago...i can still want a cigarette now to relieve anxiety..but have to stop myself as within a few days i will be back on 20/30a day.....NO WAY.!

    Ellen Keenan-Wijn // 2014-02-23 19:17:49 // //
  • The book The Easy Way to Quit Smoking is one if the best books ever written about smoking cessation

    Lloyd Washam // 2014-02-23 19:14:54 // //
  • This article hits the nail on the head! Smoking is more complex then that for sure. I see it in my patients. The ones who smoke are anxious uptight folks who for whatever reason can not cope with life's stresses without smoking. A learned behavior. I went back to smoking in 1995 when my Father died because of all the family drama. It was my "valium." Thankfully I only smoked for 3 months after that and then quit again. Smoking does relieve anxiety.

    Sandy Grambow // 2014-02-23 19:12:48 // //
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    Daniela A Berton // 2014-02-20 14:53:44 // //
  • Start off fresh year ,cold turkey only way , 1 mth , then u can do 2 not a problem ,,,I haven't smoked in19 years ......

    Patrick Ferris // 2014-02-20 02:14:34 // //
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  • You will die!!! Plain and simple as that!!!!!

    Tangerine Savoy // 2014-02-19 12:48:58 // //
  • I`m 68 years old and smoked since I had my first cigarette at 16. I stopped occasionally but never quit. My son demanded that I quit when I was 35 and refused to buy a pack for me. I pretended to quit but became a closet smoker instead. I didn`t smoke as much, maybe a pack a week, but nothing gave me the tools or courage to quit until I did the Desire and Destiny meditation series with Deepak last year. I cannot attest to what changed or how I changed, but in the final meditation on what do I REALLY want for myself, many desires surfaced, but in tears, the most desperate desire I always had was to be free of hiding this hideous habit. I came out of meditation forever changed. I think it took a village and a lot of trial and error to come to this point where I began to live my deepest desire. No one even knows I`ve quit, stopped, and ended the pain that that started as a teenager who couldn`t cope with a dysfunctional family, dying sister, and teenage stress and pressure. This is the only reason I`m writing this on your article. I needed to tell someone who understands that I`ve suffered the loss of a good friend and the empowerment I was given through meditation. Thank you Deepak and thank you me, the one that that finally is in charge. Nothing is impossible now.

    Jeanie // 2014-02-19 12:15:59 // //
  • I've got to give up for good..it's getting ridiculous now!

    Lucy Cross // 2014-02-19 11:44:40 // //
  • Cold turkey works best. Take a two week vacation camping and leave the cigs behind.

    Michael Glassford // 2014-02-19 10:52:49 // //
  • This is not advice and I do not recommend the following course, yet it is my story ... finally got around to ridding myself of this shity habit 8 or 9 weeks ago. I was off them for three years before I restarted for the past three years. The worst part was that I was conditioned to smoking even since I am a TM'r of over 20 years. So the aversion therapy I prescribed for myself was emetic medicine, I felt I need to get physically rotten sick and puke out the badness from years of smoking (since I was unable to overdose on cigarette smoke), the trick was alcohol poisoning where I was sick and had the sweats for the next 4-6 days and this got me through the nicotine withdrawals.

    John Morrissey // 2014-02-19 10:49:34 // //
  • Fight it people you are stronger than you know!

    Terrie Negrotti-Schoumaker // 2014-02-19 09:44:59 // //
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    Sadie Glenn Gallagher // 2014-02-19 09:36:13 // //
  • My cure is to drink Strongbow Cider | It makes you feel like your floating with the clouds :-)

    Serenity Xanadu // 2014-02-19 09:11:31 // //
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    Lisa Tompkins // 2014-02-19 08:54:03 // //
  • addiction is a consequence of poor choices which begin with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Quitting smoking, drinking, gambling, obsessing about sex or possessiveness are just symptoms of this deeper sense of loneliness and emptiness. The road to freedom starts with deep self-love awareness and awakening.

    Roger Bergeron-Fontaine // 2014-02-19 08:32:51 // //
  • If you smoke cigarettes, stop and if you don't, don't start, they're a complete waste of time

    Romin Munshi // 2014-02-19 07:39:41 // //
  • been smoke free for years and the best thing I've ever done.....now I can live forever!!!

    Rosemary Jones // 2014-02-19 07:15:18 // //
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    Pamela Dawson // 2014-02-19 04:59:29 // //
  • I think the phycological addiction is stronger than the physical.

    Nicola Sherhod // 2014-02-19 04:52:47 // //
  • I really appreciate the multiple and highly insightful studies of Deepak Chopra regarding the wellbeing of mind, body and spirit. But I wonder if this picture of the lonesome smoker in the dark freezing and hiding under his cap fits the spirit of Namaste?!

    Kathleen Händel // 2014-02-19 04:22:48 // //
  • I lost a friend a year ago....aged 59...smoked 40 cigs per day.....6 children and a heart broken wife survive alone......A terrible loss when he was a very kind hearted person.<3

    Colin Sansom // 2014-02-19 04:13:30 // //
  • Focusing all my attention completely on studying the details of physical addiction to nicotine is what enabled me to quit very confidently after years (decades) of unsuccessfully trying to quit in every way I could think of or read of (or, in support groups and drug treatment programs, be informed and encouraged about.) Another factor was ignoring everything I thought I had learned in all the past. I kept on "knowing" I could quit, and tried and failed. When I came to immediately accept that my knowledge was faulty then it became easy to find better knowledge rather than just try again or harder. This ignorance was crucially important in the first few days after quitting, as my mind portrayed every imaginable reason to go smoke. I ignored them all as I understood that my mind didn't know what it was talking about.

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    Salomon Negash // 2014-02-19 03:29:37 // //
  • $o happy I never started smoking!

    Cynthia Doulen // 2014-02-19 02:48:39 // //
  • right holly . . . i too was a heavy smoker. I just decided to stop it for my own good... that's it i stop... no hustle and difficulties like what i heard from smokers who claimed they tried to stop but failed. . . know what? i think they really did not like to stop smoking. . .

    Robert Cledera // 2014-02-19 01:51:14 // //
  • Dear Deepak, started to smoke cigarettes at boarding school in the locker room and hated it!! It then became an addiction. When pregnant with my first child I soon gave up, my first born suffered with learning disabilities and feel guilty that I never gave up sooner. My husband stopped working (never to work again) when my eldest son was five, putting immense pressure on me so started to `smoke` again. This went on for about three years - then one day - simply thought `this is absolute nonsense` read a book on how to give up cigarette smoking. Now clean! Lung cancer took the life of my beautiful Mother, caring for my 85 year old Dad who should be healthy though also suffers a lingering disease from smoking as a young man. I also blame my husbands life long battle with depression on smoking, now has Altzheimers, doctors advise me it`s to late and I should leave it be. Do you know the thousands of rands wasted. Could have paid for university for both my sons and financed a better pension - anything - but the waste of spending money on cigarettes. Do believe to quit is a decision each person must make on their own and there is help for those who need the gentle push over the finish line. Good luck to all those who can find the strength to stop smoking. Smoking in my family has left a tale of saddness . Many thanks, Yours faithfully, Alison Newton

    Alison Newton // 2014-02-19 01:44:39 // //
  • Jolanda interessant artikel!!

    Danielle Colen // 2014-02-19 01:05:56 // //
  • I`m feeling a direct connection between smoking and failure. Failure or perceived failures in my life. If I feel that I am winning, and climbing the mountain, I am loving life and loving myself. When I feel like I have failed at something. Usually relationships. I turn to smoking. Anger, dispare and depression cause me to smoke. I can kick it until I sense failure. Maybe the connection is to make myself understand that there is no such thing as failure.

    Sistersue // 2014-02-19 01:04:31 // //
  • I don't know, I just stopped smoking one day... I was smoking several a day, for months... Then suddenly, I stopped. It was no big deal. :/

    Holly Sheríf // 2014-02-19 00:32:24 // //
  • Review the book The Easy Way To Quit Smoking it has been the most valuable tool I've ever read it's a completely different way of looking at smoking addiction I believe it to be completely valid

    Lloyd Washam // 2014-02-19 00:25:23 // //
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    Janeth More // 2014-02-18 23:47:36 // //
  • I`m a beautiful 45 year old female who works out, shops and eats and Whole Foods and yet smoked 30+ ciggs a day (to the shock of family, friends, teachers, employers) since I was 16. I finally quit at age 39. I am seven years clean. I used Chantix. And breathing techniques. I chewed gum and held coffee stirrers in my hands. But I also worked hard on protecting an dmaintaining my sobriety through two powerful mantras. The first mantra evolved from that week whem I was to finally ditch the ciggs for good, and yet I continued on day after day. Obviously, I was afraid to finally smoke that last cigarette, so I had to remind myself "Jump! And the net will appear." And when I finally said "I`m done", it said "I`m here". In the form of people support. And family support. Even cyber support. I was FINE! I was FINE! I was FINE! (if only I had just trusted I would be fine, sited of inventing all the reasons I wouldn`t) The 2nd mantra was N.O.P.E. (meaning Not. One. Puff. Ever.) When the craving was hard to suppress or wait out and I knew the possibility of caving in was so real, i would say "N.O.P.E." --a psychological approach that reminded me there was no negotiating room left with my addiction. Because one puff is all it takes to go down that slippery slope. N.O.P.E. gave me the sense of empowerment she writes about above. I was back in control. Not the frigging monkey on my back. Never did I imagine myself here, still clean, hating ciggs and their smell all these years later. Had to reacquaint myself with who I was prior to smoking. A person who loves to smell my own hair, taste different foods, run and breathe deep. The rediscovering part was only only possible through my devotion to those 2 mantras. Use them! And believe them! I pass these onto you! xo

    elevenfullmoons // 2014-02-18 23:35:08 // //
  • Carol, most addictive?? I highly suggest doing some research before making such a loose statement. Smoking/nicotine is bad for people yes, however, the fact that you yourself had to use hypnosis to quit speaks volumes..it's the personality that becomes addicted to the substance. I know more people that have died from heroin, crack, coke, and prescription pills than I'll ever know that have died from lung cancer.

    Audra L Harris // 2014-02-18 23:34:52 // //
  • Let me just say, nicotine is the most addictive substance on the planet. I think as much or more than heroin. It took me 8 times to quit. Finally it was hypnosis that succeeded. Now it's a forgotten thing. So I think the only thing you need to consider is, "do you really want to blacken your lungs and compromise your health?" The answer lies with you.

    Carol Marano // 2014-02-18 22:54:20 // //
  • Are you feeling better?

    Sherry Blacketer Laster // 2014-02-18 22:36:01 // //
  • Tienda Esoterica Ta'jose // 2014-02-18 22:28:00 // //
  • Rachel Oneill

    Amanda N' Stacey Hazen // 2014-02-18 22:25:35 // //
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    Aleisja Henry // 2014-02-18 22:17:53 // //
  • On February 20th, I will celebrate my 2 month Anniversary of breaking the hold that nicotine had over me...for over 40 years! The quitting moment came in a flash, totally unexpected, and I knew from my first "quit" moment that I would be successful. I also visualized the part of me that was super-strong, and each time I denied myself a cigarette, I`d picture my strong hands slowly squeezing the evil life out of the nicotine-craving monster. I don`t know why quitting was so easy and painless this time, other than I truly felt it was my time, and there was some Divine/Spiritual Intervention going on. My humble advice: Never quit trying to quit, and be very open and receptive to that moment when something powerful tells you : "Now! You can do it now!"

    cyndeebee // 2014-02-18 22:13:57 // //
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    Andrea Criswell // 2014-02-18 22:10:27 // //
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    Maura Petrosino // 2014-02-18 22:09:17 // //
  • If you believe it is hard to quit, then it will be. We tell ourselves things and we believe them. Such as, I told myself that I needed to smoke to help myself cope with the stresses of life. This was not true, but I didn't know that until after I gave myself the gift of not smoking. Actually smoking caused me stress that I no longer have. Being free of the addiction means to be free in so many ways. It's been 8 plus years for me and I am so much happier and healthier now. The process of quitting is one of the hardest things I've ever done, but so worth it.

    Cheryl Eckman // 2014-02-18 22:05:23 // //
  • Hello deepak..is this article available in spanish? Thank you for your cooperation in advance..

    Gaby Borro // 2014-02-18 21:54:38 // //
  • Payal Jairamdas - check this out!

    Shelly Hollingsworth // 2014-02-18 21:43:31 // //
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    Stephanie Vallera // 2014-02-18 21:39:22 // //
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    Stephanie Vallera // 2014-02-18 21:39:17 // //
  • Lucy Hanson

    Stephanie Vallera // 2014-02-18 21:39:00 // //
  • I quit about 10 years ago and I still want to smoke and miss it daily! It not easy but, very possible

    Dawn Wilkerson // 2014-02-18 21:37:50 // //
  • I`m having a hard time with it, it fills some type of emotional need that I`m lacking else where, when things don`t go the way I hope for them to go I smoke, and I feel worse afterwards. I`m so desperate to quit. It`s been one day now,

    Bliberto // 2014-02-18 21:35:24 // //
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    Brittany Swales // 2014-02-18 21:17:03 // //
  • Bobbi - please see and share

    Bart DeBuono // 2014-02-18 21:02:18 // //
  • 1. Stay away from alcohol until and slowly build up your tolerance to have drinks without smoking. 2. Exercise to relieve stress and amped up energy and to prevent you from gaining weight since u will be eating everything. 3. Chew lots of gum

    Long N. // 2014-02-18 21:00:04 // //
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    Kethera Moran // 2014-02-18 20:48:19 // //
  • I smoke weed, 4 packs of cigarettes, and a dozen cigars a day and I couldn't be any more healthier.

    Samuel Dimagibo // 2014-02-18 20:44:20 // //
  • Does this work on sugar?Trying hard to eliminate all of it.except for berries and the odd apple.At least tobacco has warnings.Don't see warnings on whole wheat bread,heart healthy pasta or cereal.Apparently cancer loves glucose.Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

    James Wall // 2014-02-18 20:39:30 // //
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    Face forever // 2014-02-18 20:36:44 // //
  • I have not had a cigarette in 4.5 months now

    Vijay Fatania // 2014-02-18 20:28:23 // //
  • For those with addiction afflictions...we all are in a way. ..

    Parry Siva // 2014-02-18 20:25:49 // //
  • For Katy Childress

    Rene Loomis // 2014-02-18 20:25:49 // //
  • Addiction is a documented disease. No one would say "there is no cancer, there are only choices" unless they were clearly ignorant of the facts.

    Joe Stover // 2014-02-18 20:25:43 // //
  • I had smoked for about 30 years, having started through peer pressure in Senior year of high school. They called me "goodie two shoes" well I showed them by becoming hooked on cigarettes all those years. Three years ago I quit, I had quit twice previously but this time I made it stick, I used patches for about a week and then freed myself and have not picked up one since. I do get the craving sometimes but will never go back--the clean up alone on my walls, carpet, other furniture was enough to turn me off for life

    Earthangel // 2014-02-18 20:21:36 // //
  • I quit smoking October 1st I kept mentally repeating I am releasing my need for cigarettes , then I picked the quit date above and did the nicotine patch program for 8 weeks ...:: And it was a smooth process ...:::;:

    Melanie Hyde // 2014-02-18 20:17:31 // //
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    Gabrielle De Nigris // 2014-02-18 20:16:56 // //
  • Man, can you ever say that again. I'm using e-cigs and have cut down dramatically. I really want to quit, but do not want to gain 100 lbs in the process. ugh.

    Anna Whiterock // 2014-02-18 20:15:03 // //
  • after smoking for 42yrs,i gave them up last june :-) :-)

    Anne T Kerton // 2014-02-18 20:14:28 // //
  • Interesting!!!!! Sharing

    Erica Woods // 2014-02-18 20:03:41 // //
  • It`s really very hard to quit smoking. It`s been 8 months, no cigarette at all. I have experienced that until and unless you are true and honest to yourself nothing can bring change to your life. I used to smoke 10-15 cigarette per day. After smoking I used to feel relaxed at the same time uneasy & very weakness. But now after quitting I feel very healthy & good. It`s all about self control. I took nicorrete (a chew gum) for one week to quit smoking. Better do not take any replacement. After quitting smoke I am not only feeling healthy but also I am saving money. I use those money for my health now. I do exercise every day. Read somewhere the kick you get after smoking is similar to if you run few miles per day.

    Jacks // 2014-02-18 20:01:09 // //
  • Consumerism is based on addiction...Where you sit on the status ladder will usually define your addictions.

    Dave Tingley // 2014-02-18 20:00:46 // //
  • I quit cold turkey...it was quite easy. I feel nausious when I walk by anyone smoking..I will nevrr smoke again!

    Jessica Ishizuka // 2014-02-18 19:58:58 // //
  • There are no addictions just decisions:)

    J.l. Price // 2014-02-18 19:56:35 // //
  • Great.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2014-02-18 19:49:57 // //
  • because what i designed has a unique personal imprint..

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2014-02-18 19:45:03 // //
  • a strong positive motivations, and use the experience as a stimuli to prove much more better..

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2014-02-18 19:44:07 // //
  • There is only one truly faithful thing that can be said to any reader reading this that wants to quit smoking!.....KEEP TRYING! and to the many that are on the supportive side, please be supportive in helping them TRY! Do not throw opinion in their face....you are up against an addicts ego! The more you throw your ego in their face, the less effective it will be. One sentence...let me know if can help! That's all it takes. Don't ask them every hour how it's going reminding them they smoked...lol I had to quit in secret because of things like that. 23 years a smoker, no more and it was easy when I figured it out. I had to fail many many times to figure out MY way to quit.

    Rich Hunt // 2014-02-18 19:43:51 // //
  • very interesting article .. enjoyed the read

    Jackie Belnap // 2014-02-18 19:43:39 // //
  • it's just i am one of them who smokes hard..but i am now at the process to identify, and may soon quit in a gradual way..must find a positive replacement and zero in thoroughly on a further awareness, a strong motivations to counter a certain frustration or embarassment on my past that i was not acknowledged in an endeavor that i designed and built..that placed me in a different light..the experience caused me imbalance..despite of being kind enough and so understanding and so supportive..i try to dig so deeply the very source and identify,

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2014-02-18 19:42:37 // //
  • For ourselves to quit.

    Christopher Johnson // 2014-02-18 19:42:11 // //
  • It's been about two years since I managed to free myself from cigarettes. It took love. Together the world got smaller and so did the negativity in our hearts. With the love for each other we found the love

    Christopher Johnson // 2014-02-18 19:41:56 // //
  • Exactly Kathleen P Gray; I quit "cold turkey" as well after smoking fir TWO decades. It is possible!

    Kornelia Reed // 2014-02-18 19:39:37 // //
  • Dr. Chopra help me quit and it will be 1 year in March. Sooo happy!!!

    a // 2014-02-18 19:38:37 // //
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    Melissa Richards // 2014-02-18 19:37:39 // //
  • If you're aligned with smoking in a positive way that you feel good about, it wont affect you negatively. Plenty of people smoke for 50 years and don't get cancer. Most do, but what are THEIR true personal beliefs about cigarettes?

    Chris Kelly // 2014-02-18 19:30:54 // //
  • So happy I gave them up! Smoked for 40 years, been free for 7 1/2. And I do not miss them at all!

    Janet Bamford // 2014-02-18 19:30:17 // //
  • Joe Bartuccio...u need hypnosis

    Krista Nicole Ricca // 2014-02-18 19:20:31 // //
  • I quit when a dr told me someone else would raise my baby cause I was gonna die..that did it, I quit cold turkey. If I can do it ANYONE CAN QUIT, that was 31 years ago

    Kathleen P Gray // 2014-02-18 19:15:51 // //
  • Its probably in the genes???

    Diane Belair // 2014-02-18 19:13:44 // //
  • thank you Amazing ( once I understood the principles of the 3 Gunas » Satva,Tama, Raja = has helped my life greatly in last 6 mnths. Your center looks wonderful *Peace*

    Linette Sue Montgomery // 2014-02-18 19:12:13 // //
  • I know of 6 people that tried hypnosis and after a couple of months they were back smoking after paying a huge price...my friend has tried to stop smoking about 30 times, she has tried everything..nothing seems to last...

    Diane Belair // 2014-02-18 19:11:56 // //
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    Larissa Bachir Polloni // 2014-02-18 19:10:28 // //
  • I will pass this on to my smoker friends

    Patti Zurla // 2014-02-18 19:10:20 // //
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    Melissa Clark // 2014-02-18 19:08:52 // //
  • Jes we know

    Ana Chacon // 2014-02-18 19:06:42 // //
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    Stephanie Kotouc // 2014-02-18 19:03:06 // //
  • this is my worst battle I think, the cigarettes.

    Anna Whiterock // 2013-12-20 19:33:45 // //
  • Samir Vaghmar read this!

    Paula Petakos // 2013-12-20 10:30:42 // //
  • Duh- That's why I have my "Other" Stress reliever" ;) Kelly Gilman Long

    Cameron Long // 2013-12-20 09:55:03 // //
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    Kelly Gilman Long // 2013-12-20 08:26:55 // //
  • Not true! I don't have any addictions!

    Loretta Walker // 2013-12-20 03:34:56 // //
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    T Man N Xena // 2013-12-20 00:46:08 // //
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    Christopher Consciousness // 2013-12-20 00:26:24 // //
  • hate smoke of cigarettes.

    Stella Vargas Calvo // 2013-12-19 22:46:12 // //
  • I love this. The hardest thing I had to do in quitting smoking was to give up the many other habits I built around it and the beliefs I had about myself.

    Paula Winsett // 2013-12-19 20:33:34 // //
  • Thank you for being real Love-n-Light blessed be

    Tammy Rose // 2013-12-19 20:20:24 // //
  • When I realized that if I quit smoking, I would be giving up my best friend, it became possible to address how hard it would be. It took a year of preparation. My friend was always there whenever I needed a smoke. On the phone, in the bath tub, in the car. It had been with me during joy and sorrow. It went outside with me on breaks. That was over twenty years ago. Giving up my `best friend` was not easy, but I went cold turkey. And never went back. This is a good article and one that will really help others take those steps leading to greater awareness of how important smoking is. Good luck everyone who is going to quit smoking someday, you can!!! Nan

    Nan // 2013-12-19 19:23:44 // //
  • Me encantaría poder entender el idioma, pero sólo leo y entiendo Castellano. Si pudiesen tradicir se lo agradecería de corazón. Gracìas.

    Mari Ángeles Escribano Román // 2013-12-19 19:06:56 // //
  • I just try to see in the future tense how I will feel if I do smoke(shame, guilt, disgust) and that has helped dissipate the need tremendously. I love smelling good too.

    Meena // 2013-12-19 18:41:33 // //
  • Thank you for sharing. I love how a lot of the information applies to most addictions.

    Heidi Brown, M.D. // 2013-12-19 18:32:03 // //
  • :)

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-19 18:04:42 // //
  • i think i still have six months to quit so the situation does not get critical. but i'm going to get some reading glasses and will read this when i get back. thank you.

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-19 16:52:13 // //
  • I put down smoking in no time... Over the course of ten years. Ha! First cigarettes, which I smoked for almost 10 years, and a year of total abstinence. Then Cigars, 3 to 5 a day, for 2 years, then a year of abstinence and picked up cigars again, then I quit cold and never picked up any smoking of any kind again since December of 2002.

    Eli Hernandez // 2013-12-19 16:24:18 // //
  • I gave up smoking in May this year, various incentives. I finished a packet which I had previously decided would be the last one. I said "I am a non-smoker and I value the only pair of lungs that God will ever give me," and haven`t touched one since. Mainly I wanted to prove I had will power.

    Sarah Olney // 2013-12-19 16:23:55 // //
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    Judith Alicia Barth // 2013-12-19 16:09:30 // //
  • I quit smoking 32 years ago using hypnosis abd it worked like magic. I never had another craving EVER again. It can worknif you believe it can work!

    ken derow // 2013-12-17 14:46:25 // //
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    JANE // 2013-12-17 03:08:33 // //
  • I smoked for 10 years on an off. Read the easy way to stop smoking by Alan Carr and quit for good.... It`s been 6 months.. I highly recommend it. Xxoo

    Susanale // 2013-12-15 06:20:31 // //
  • I quit smoking 7 years ago. Thank Goodness. I have now all new cells in my body, so I survived my bad habit. :)

    Mari Ann Ree // 2013-12-15 05:36:31 // //
  • i wish physical and emotional therapy wasnt so exspensive

    Lorraine Molina // 2013-12-15 02:09:07 // //
  • Quit after 35 years in 2 weeks without aids other than carrots and celery. Had tried several times prior to success. I think one really has to want to quit AND stick with it. I wish success to all...look for help, accept it, but don't expect anyone else to motivate you. Unless it's the kids and grands saying Yaay!

    Barbara Krajewski // 2013-12-15 01:45:33 // //
  • I quit for over 20 years and then started up again 20 years ago. I`ve been on a roller coaster ever since. Quitting for long periods of time and then starting again. I quit 6 years ago for a year but my drinking escalated. After a year I quit smoking again but returned. With the exception of the cigarettes I eat very healthy, don`t use chemicals on my body of in my home. So I feel very foolish putting this poision in my body. I actually am suffering spiritually as a result. It seems to be something I fall back on and I want so to rid myself of this addiction. I`m pretty discouraged right now.

    jammingirl // 2013-12-14 22:38:54 // //
  • I have become pretty much homeless for the past 6 months due to smokers who`ve lived in the apartment buildings I live in. Have been forced to sleep in my car - still do, to escape the smoke. I live in one of the nicest areas - North Scottsdale, AZ & pay high rent. Am currently desperately searching for a rental house that is non-smoking & fairly affordable. I have extreme respiratory problems &, the landlords support the smokers. They don`t care that they are harming my health or destroying their apartments. They care nothing for the tenants & do not allow tenants to view apartments before renting, therefore, we`re stuck & don`t know initially how smoke filled they are. Does anyone know of a good lawyer willing to fight them? I, &, others should be able to have a healthy, NON-smoking apartment to live in. The smokers are destroying my life. Sorry, I have no sympathy for them. Yes, I`m an x-smoker - quit 30yrs ago. I shouldn`t have to be a smoker again because others won`t quit & landlords don`t care.

    veganspirit // 2013-12-14 22:34:33 // //
  • Addiction and days. Sorry. Thumbs on the phone lol

    Pamela A Clark // 2013-12-14 20:22:11 // //
  • It has been 8 weeks and 2 dates. Addition is a tremendous Hurtle that is most personal and can only be achieved alone. I am smiling today.

    Pamela A Clark // 2013-12-14 20:21:04 // //
  • Yes Matt give up the smokes after the holidays, thank you, mom

    Connie Maes // 2013-12-14 19:33:32 // //
  • Yes very true!!! I have been smoke free for 1 year and 3 months.

    Kristen O'Toole // 2013-12-14 16:17:17 // //
  • Totally Agree. I would advice everyone to please quit smoking and enjoy a healthy life.

    Shainej Ponnarassery // 2013-12-14 16:03:56 // //
  • After 30 years,,,,,,,,been there, done that, over came,,,,by some miracle. Added an extra 30+ pounds, hope it was worth the damage it did to my self worth. Me I can cope with, Cancer I cant. Good Luck all in your quest!

    Penni Stewart Frassico // 2013-12-14 15:36:08 // //
  • smoking is an emotional icky habit so can quit easily.. but those who wants to be ex smokers.. you should hav a strong will power.. its been two years I'm smoke free from marijuana...

    Chakravarthy Nikhil // 2013-12-14 15:31:53 // //
  • I quit those nasty things before my little ones were able to comprehend it. I wanted to be a good role model for my two children. When Jason my deceased son was 13 he and I had a talk about cigarettes, I told him if he nevers smokes cigarettes throughout his teenage life that I would give him $200.00 when he was 19. He and his best friend came to me to verify Jason never smoked cigarettes so I gave him the $200. right then and there, and shook his hand and gave him a big hug. Jason died while driving to work with a car-pool of buddies, he was 23, crushed to death by a tow-truck driver while him and his buddies checked their tow-hitch on Blackfoot Trail in Calgary. Through his later grades Jason was a straight A student! Sometimes I think jealous people killed him because he was brilliant, as well as awesome. People came from the States to his funeral--over 500 people--people came up to me telling me what an awesome son Jason was. He lives and is alive in my heart!

    Donna Thompson // 2013-12-14 14:38:32 // //
  • # vote69

    Aris Pandelis // 2013-12-14 13:12:26 // //
  • I love smoking but dont like the smell or the bad breath Love-n-Light Blessed Be

    Tammy Rose // 2013-12-14 12:40:48 // //
  • Ed Pickett. thank you. indeed, far beyond just the nicotine. its the habit, the fact cigs are always around in society, plus all the added chemicals. I am doing great/confident 5 weeks into quitting. never again, & I have a great support system around to ensure that!!! thnx for the frwd hermano.... :-)

    Rob Howland // 2013-12-14 12:23:51 // //
  • Steam saunas! Helps clear out nicotine and reduces urge to smoke.

    Rob Elger // 2013-12-14 12:19:14 // //
  • 4 years now smoke free

    Carole Fallon // 2013-12-14 10:38:59 // //
  • the poor Beagle dogs are masked and have to suffer forced smoke into their lungs to see how much they can take before they die. every breath...For the sake of humans...who smoke. I wish everyone would Quit

    Charley Caruso // 2013-12-14 09:55:55 // //
  • I quit smoking in October 2005. I was smoking 15 cigars a day. I had tried to quit unsuccessfully for years before. When I finally quit in 2005 it was one of the easier things I have ever did. I sat down one evening before I went to bed and I wrapped a bread tie around my finger and I folded the ends of the tie so every time my finger rubbed against something the ends of the tie would poke me. Then I thought about all of the reasons why I wanted to quit smoking, the stink, trouble breathing, coughing, discoloration of my skin, and I imagined that they were this bread tie. Then I went to bed. When I woke up I was a non-smoker. I have never even had a craving. I wore the bread tie until it finally fell off. I hope this helps.

    Shirden // 2013-12-14 09:37:09 // //
  • What would be really nice is if every one stopped preaching about the "evils" of cigarette's and focused on all the other real evils going on all around the world smoking is a personal choice that effects no one but the smoker surely we are still entitled to make choices for our selves. Maybe everyone could focus on the "evils" of alcohol for a change this causes far more damage in families and society as a whole, how much money is spent on anti smoking campaigns that could be put to far better use, for, oh, I don't know, let's say feeding, housing etc. Give the smokers of the world a bit off time out......

    Berniece Page // 2013-12-14 09:08:16 // //
  • Yoga is the answer.

    Carol Maver // 2013-12-14 09:07:15 // //
  • As an addict to other substances as well, smoking was the last to go. This person has definitely done her research. I had the opportunity to participate in a survey about the effectiveness of nicotine resistance programs and she is on the money about the reasons we smoke and how replacement therapy can fail. I quit on the Great American Smokeout. BUT I did stess reduction therapy at the same time and reducing my stress, learning how to cope with the stress and not using nicotime to do it was the integral part of the program that worked for me. I also have a friend that used hypnotherapy and she said after her session which was one time, she never picked up a cigarette again. So, if you want to quit, you can and if you are a nay sayer and take any excuse you can find to say it cannot be done, you won`t, but there is hope and I say to you, don`t give up. Keep trying. Relapse is a part of recovery, quitting on quitting trying, isn`t. If I can do it, so can you. Get help. It takes the strength and courage of a warrior to ask for help.

    huggermag // 2013-12-14 08:08:21 // //
  • Oh, ok, er, thanks, I'll give that some thought after I've eaten a burger and polished it off with a ciggy :-)

    Beheading Buddha // 2013-12-14 06:26:17 // //
  • I toh prefer e cigarettes now specially Leaftabac ones

    Rajesh Mehta // 2013-12-14 04:39:03 // //
  • nice

    Aizaz Khalid Qureshi // 2013-12-13 23:34:40 // //
  • I got so sick while quitting. Menopause kicked in too. It was definitely THE BEST thing I've ever done, but it also almost did me in.

    Cynthia Imhof // 2013-12-13 23:07:49 // //
  • Smoking is more than an addiction to nicotine. It is a physical and emotional release from stress and tension.

    Nunu Jghamaia // 2013-12-13 22:08:28 // //
  • Keep smoking because your life could be worse like this guy in caste system. India please do something. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=533774053385681&set=a.358715847558170.80962.358330570930031&type=1

    Sara Rahmmati // 2013-12-13 21:55:55 // //
  • Great.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-12-13 21:50:24 // //
  • 'Nicotine' 'Tobacco' and 'Tar' are just some soundbytes that made it thru censorship. Wouldn't we need to know all the secret thousands of chemicals added (to ensure addiction and maximize sales) before we could determine what to call the addiction. How do the producers escape having to list indgredients ?

    Karen V. Rasmussen // 2013-12-13 21:40:23 // //
  • It does take a lot of courage to quit. I've been a non-smoker for 38 yrs.

    Lynn Gutcher Pell // 2013-12-13 21:27:55 // //
  • I was lucky enough to quit smoking after 36 years of attempts, I read a book called Allan Carr's Easyway to stop smoking; somehow a book helped me to quit, and stay quitted, I'm so grateful

    May Etchells // 2013-12-13 21:05:59 // //
  • I believe food is the hardest addiction of them all. We all need to eat to live. I quit smoking 9 years ago I tried six times before I finally stopped for good with no going back, and it was not easy. To this day I still struggle with food and exercise. I'm not obese but I am over weight. Someday I do hope I can understand what I'm hungry for have the awareness, and control not to over eat.

    Laurie Berki // 2013-12-13 20:51:26 // //
  • I quit, cold turkey, at 11:45pm PST 26 June 2009 after smoking 1-3packs a day for 17 years. Auto suggestion (self hypnosis), and a burning desire to quit.

    Joshua Edel // 2013-12-13 20:41:33 // //
  • I tried to quit smoking for years! I attribute my success to Deepak Chopra's classes in Meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, giving me some peace and strength. And, the nicotine patch augmented with nicotine gum! The best if both medicinal worlds!

    Suzanne Daly // 2013-12-13 20:32:12 // //
  • Health Realization did it for me. Smoke free for almost 12 weeks. Knowing what to watch for during withdrawal, makes awareness & mindfulness to buffer the transition to smoke free.

    Ron Lwolf // 2013-12-13 20:28:05 // //
  • I just quit one morning because I wanted to.

    yankeegirl0213 // 2013-12-13 20:25:23 // //
  • Quitting was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. But, if I can do it, anyone can do it!!

    Debra DeVore Allen // 2013-12-13 20:22:13 // //
  • I agree with "IcallBS". It`s difficult to take instruction or advice from a person who has never smoked cigarettes or had to quit nicotine. While her professional advice is very much valued, I personally am able to learn and value someone who has experienced smoking and the process of quitting. The comment by "Pisces Dream" I literally LOL!!!! Yes, a reformed smoker is the worst yet BEST example that it can be done. :-)

    Haiku // 2013-12-13 20:16:46 // //
  • A Lot of Problems exist in 'OUR' lives only because.... 'WE' keep thinking about them- Sachin Sharma. (chk my page for more Help and Advice).

    Distance Counseling. // 2013-12-13 20:16:06 // //
  • I used meditation to quit smoking and miraculously it worked. Times I`ve quit in the past did not last (2 1/2 years max). However, I`ve been nicotine free for 3 1/2 years now. I used it as a stress reliever and I enjoyed smoking while having alcohol because of the `relaxing sensation`. I know a few people who have tried to quit and accepted that they enjoy the activity of smoking and will continue. Meditation worked for me, amazingly. A verse in the Dhammapada took root within my pysche and each time I would think about a cigarette, or smell the smoke from someone`s cigarette, the Dhammapada verse would come to mind and I physically would get sick from the smell of smoke. These symptoms lasted the first 3 days of quitting. The remaining 21 days of the meditation was a breeze, and here I am 3 1/2 years later with no urge to smoke. I suffered a stroke 3 months AFTER quitting. So returning to smoking is just not a desire for me since surviving a stroke. I have empathy for those who want to quit. I think the physical sensation attached to nicotine is what really keeps people hooked. While the physical sensation is one of being completely relaxed, the body is actually doing the exact opposite. Blood pressure increases, heart beat increases...as if an engine is being revved up instead of slowing down. I`ve told those who want to quit to consider meditation. I`ve quit in the past before for a few years at a time, but since suffering a stroke, smoking just isn`t something I can do. I don`t miss it, but I understand why so many are hooked and enjoy it.

    Haiku // 2013-12-13 20:10:01 // //
  • With your words I was able to quit

    Marta Torra Escalona // 2013-12-13 20:03:43 // //
  • Try Robert Naghi the Weiss method to stop addictions. I did and it worked.

    Julie Geeves // 2013-12-13 19:49:24 // //
  • Denise Spencer-Tenorio

    Bernadette Marlene Drobny // 2013-12-13 19:41:55 // //
  • Rob Howland

    Ed Pickett // 2013-12-13 19:31:23 // //
  • so many of my friends paid the huge price to be hypnotized, and after 2 or 3 months was back smoking...my other friend has tried everything , even the anti depressant, she has quit about 60 times...I think its in the genes

    Diane Belair // 2013-12-13 19:29:18 // //
  • that is what i have been trying to tell CROSSROADS IN PUEBLO COLORADO

    Richard Allen Martin Jr // 2013-12-13 19:28:33 // //
  • hypnosis is an unbelievably helpful tool, if one is willing to open their mind to the possibility of its effectiveness. It's def not an instant remedy, and takes sessions to get some type of benefit, but when that specific benefit is worked on, you will become aware that not only did the hypnosis work on the direct addiction, but also helps resolve the deep underlying issues attributed to the addiction. Addiction is a symptom of other issues, if society can recognize this, and recognize that most of us deal with these same issues, we can heal, coach and nurture each other to heal these issues together collectively, instead of isolating ourselves from the despair we all feel together as humanity. Hypnosis taps into the deep subconsiousness of our psyche, and this is the key to resolving our issues. Every scar, emotional or physical, directly attributes to who we are as adults. It's never too late to change yourself...whether it be emotional disturbances or otherwise...there is always an unconventional outlet to help heal the soul, the task is to be brave enough to undergo these unconventional methods...you have nothing to lose, so why not try to step outside conventional methods and treat yourself to a surprisingly healing experience? Hypnosis is something you should try if you have an open heart and open mind...its' def not something to be messed with cause of its's great power...but when used wisely, and by the right people, it can be very healing and beneficial!

    Priya Mistry // 2013-12-13 19:26:37 // //
  • Naomi Bussell- this is interesting. x

    Kirsty Daniel // 2013-12-13 19:26:30 // //
  • I quit smoking. It`s not a friend and it`s a `stress release`. It`s a hardcore addiction to nicotine ONLY. When you are always withdrawing from nicotine, you get REALLY STRESSED. So when you don`t smoke, you THINK it`s a stress release. It`s not a friend, it`s not a stress release. It`s JUST an addiction and nothing more. I doubt the author has ever smoked so I`m not sure why we are reading advice from someone who has never smoked. I have smoked and QUIT, twice, the second time permanently. I used supplements to boost my NEUROTRANSMITTERS which are screwed up for awhile when you quit. It`s nothing more and it`s not any more complex than that. There is no psychological addiction... people who are addicted THINK they need it because they are ADDICTED. It`s very simple. It`s a DRUG. Get off the drug, don`t touch it again because if you do you`ll be back to square one.

    I call BS // 2013-12-13 19:16:45 // //
  • Smiling :-) as I remember meeting & exploring & learning with Nirmala last spring at Celebration of Self. Such a beautiful soul!! I so agree with what she has written here!

    Cheryle Taylor // 2013-12-13 19:08:04 // //
  • thanks

    Doctor and Wife, jill of all trades // 2013-12-13 19:02:21 // //
  • I see this a lot with my clients, addiction comes from a lack mentality. When we look externally for things to fill a void within us. What has helped me and countless others is to begin cultivating a daily practice of self-love. Or, to reference 12-step language, to begin to replace out bottom-line "acting out" behaviors with "top line" or "self love" behavior. Crowding out is a great way to do this. When we give our body what it truly craves, such as healthy relationships, quality food, physical activity, etc. we are able to crowd out the addiction. Thank you for sharing this powerful post! Much Love, Amita Patel www.AlignedHolistics.com

    Amita Patel // 2013-12-13 13:12:13 // //
  • Nicotine Free Electronic Cigarettes are the best way to quit smoking. I have tried electronic cigarettes many times and after using it, i feel better then before.

    John Adams // 2013-09-16 11:37:09 // //
  • Hi i have been smoking for the last 14 years and been sick on and off because of smoke you spend on cigarettes, then doctors sick again goin to give up as of tomorrow-God Help!! and i WILL DO IT THIS TIME.................

    shob // 2013-03-13 16:16:22 // //
  • so over giving up. 3rd time lucky.

    boohoo // 2013-02-04 03:19:23 // //
  • I`ll tell you one thing, there`s nothing worse than a reformed smoker.

    Pisces`Dream // 2013-01-28 02:01:12 // //
  • I recommend pot!

    JoshMaurice // 2013-01-27 14:47:47 // //
  • I have cut the smoking out at school and at work by using the losenges,but once i get home I feel like I have to smoke. I am trying sooooo many things to help but honestly when I am at home I WANT TO SMOKE!!!!!help?

    casey // 2013-01-20 00:41:39 // //
  • I quit cigarets every time I was pregnant, my love for my kids and concern that they were inside of me helped me, it was easy to stop smoking every time I wanted for long periods of time till now, is the only thing that help me to be calm with 2 ADHD girls in home, trying hard now, sometimes I feel I killing myself with it and I want to live till my girls have their own lives straight. Tilo te helped me with my stress, I want to give a chance to myself again.

    Miriam034 // 2013-01-13 19:15:06 // //
  • It`s been a month today that I quit after 17 years of addiction. I live this like a divorce. I heard this a few days before I finally let go of this habit. This helped me emotionnally to think about my future peacefully considering I`ll never forget I have smoked before. I really take care of myself when I don`t feel good because of the lack of tabacco. I consider the battle as hard as people having problems with alcohol so I treat myself the more I can when I feel vulnerable. Last but not least, I`m using a documentary on youtube that shows people`s health problems caused by tabacco to remember that I am not choosing to die in long suffering but I choose to cultivate life.

    Aurélie // 2013-01-13 16:10:16 // //
  • Related to your current post this is an animated smoking PSA I made back in 2010 with my dad which some viewers have said helped them quit for real. Hope you can watch it sir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAktns34SXY

    Santhosh Christudas // 2013-01-11 09:33:29 // //
  • I am a clinical hypnotherapist in Orlando, Florida and agree with Deepak`s comments about hypnosis and smoking cessation. Aversion therapy is a good path to follow for many and Parts Therapy is another way to achieve success. To go into the subconscious mind and try to find the reasons `why` someone continues to smoke when they know that it is slowly causing harm to their bodies. I`ve found that the most important aspect in quitting smoking though is quitting because `you want to quit for you`. Not for someone else, but for `you`. Those that have this mindset are tremendously more likely to succeed.

    Kenbenett // 2013-01-10 22:01:48 // //
  • No I smoke okay dummy

    Adriana Ligorria // 2013-01-10 03:55:58 // //
  • It`s not EASY to quit smoking but its NOT like kicking heroin either. I quit smoking and lost 60+ pounds at the same time with hypnosis. At the end of the day, quitting smoking is as difficult as we make it. I smoked for over 23 years and didn`t `climb the walls` when I quit... But I WANTED to quit and was motivated to do so. I wanted to do it for ME. If you`re quitting because someone else wants you to the chances are you won`t be successful.

    KenBenett // 2013-01-09 20:22:08 // //
  • yeah! Nice t-shirt Mr Chopra...

    Myrtha Hidalgo // 2013-01-09 16:59:35 // //
  • So happy to see Mr. Chopra wearing that t-shirt! Peru rocks!!!

    Teresa Goachet // 2013-01-09 16:25:11 // //
  • Nice hotel room Deepak oh wow! there's the Vancouver hotel just over your right shoulder.

    Philip Granger Thomas Sr. // 2013-01-09 10:29:20 // //
  • read Allan Carr's :"The Easyway!"

    Sissel Jahnsen // 2013-01-09 10:22:24 // //
  • Thing is no patch helped. When I was ready to quit I did, cold turkey! So i guess is true: listen to your mind!

    Gabriela Nanau // 2013-01-09 09:50:56 // //
  • i want to quit this year!

    Michelle Sheets Sheffield // 2013-01-09 08:04:29 // //
  • I quit 2 years ago. Such a tough battle. The thing that finally helped me to over come it was to see in my mind my fighting spirit ( to me was a Scorpion), and every time I craved a cigarette I saw my scorpion attack it and destroy it- up in a puff of smoke. It is more a mental battle. Yes there is a physical addiction, but you crave something to fill that space. I also rolled up stick gum like a cigarette and nibbled it ( holding it between my fingers), until I was done. I even inhaled it- spearmint gum works well.

    Julia Wilson // 2013-01-08 15:34:39 // //
  • Graeme Codrington - Deepak Chopra. Seriously?

    Jono Lester // 2013-01-08 15:18:01 // //
  • It is my downfall! I want to know more!

    Maggie Seaman // 2013-01-08 14:13:55 // //
  • Marca PERÚ!!!

    Luis Arizaca Huanacchiri // 2013-01-08 13:40:08 // //
  • Good to know

    Abheeshu Pilar Good // 2013-01-08 11:14:33 // //
  • Que buen polo!

    Erick Gamio // 2013-01-08 08:51:11 // //
  • Todo lo que se diga o escriba sobre el habito de fumar y las adcciones de todo tipo..SON PURAS ESPECULACIONES AJENAS A LA PERSONA INVOLUCRADA EN EN EL ASUNTO:EL TEMA PRINCIPAL ES LA AUTODETERMINACION Y LA FUERZA DE VOLUNTAD DE QUIEN EN VERDAD DESEA DEJAR O CERRAR EL CAPITULO DE LA ADICCION..SOLO HAY QUE HACERSE UNA PREGUNTA..?NACI CON ESTE HABITO?..?QUE TAN EN CONTROL ESTOY DE MIS ACTOS Y DE MI VIDA Y DE MIS PREFERENCIAS Y DESEOS CUANDO EN VERADAD ALGO TAN EXTERNO DOMINA MI VIDA ,MI TIEMPO,MIS PROYECTOS Y HASTA DEBILITA MI EXISTENCIA POR ESTE MUNDO...LA VIDA ES UN REGALO TAN PRECIADO Y EL TIEMPO DE VIVIRLA TAN EFIMERO QUE NADA, DEBIERA CONTROLAR NUESTROS ACTOS MAS QUE NOSOTROS SER RESPONSABLES POR ELLOS Y CADA UNO DEBERIAN SER BENEFICIOSOS A ESE CORTISIMO INSTANTE DE VIVIR Y SIN ATADURAS, LIBRES DE TODO VICIO QUE NOS CORROE,NOS LIQUIDA Y NOS DESANGRA Y EN HASTA DENIGRA PORQUE HAY HABITOS TAN NEFASTOS COMO EL CIGARRILLO Y QUE CONVIERTE A LOS SERES HUMANOS EN ESCLAVOS DE ELLOS...NO HAY NADA TAN DIVINO COMO SENTIRSE LIMPIO DE TODA ATADURA O ADICCION. PENSAD SOBRE ESTO Y TIENES LA PALABRA...NO DECIDIRA NADIE POR VOSOTROS..!!DECIDE TU!!.

    Hortensia Basulto // 2013-01-08 07:05:37 // //
  • That is the thing .. I find it so difficult to give up smoking .. So many things behind the habit of smoking .. Maybe one day I will stop ..

    Didi Pestana // 2013-01-08 04:46:37 // //
  • Totally true. Reading Alan Carr's book helped me because he addresses this point exactly and provides strategy to deal with the mental, psychological, social and habitual addition to cigarettes. We need to learn to celebrate being free of the chains of smoking... -_-

    Jools Rixon // 2013-01-08 03:46:04 // //
  • Dear dr. Chopra, I love you and your work. Yourself and Dr. Wayne Dyer have enlightened me so much for the past 23 yrs. I started smoking at age 13 and smoked for15 yrs. then quit for 12 yrs and picked it back up again. Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and knew I had to quit again. So I picked up e-cigarettes, I smoked them for a year and now I no longer crave cigarettes or have the need to smoke. From the first time I picked up e-cigs I never smoked real tobacco again! I never want to smell like an ashtray again!

    Karen scott // 2013-01-08 03:28:42 // //
  • Good Statement: "smokers fight more than just one addiction" - A fact..

    Uday Birje // 2013-01-08 01:55:05 // //
  • I quit almost ten years ago. its a battle of wills. Your physical body acts of its own accord and the Desire to over come it must be greater. I quit six times before I won the battle. Its not that hard once you are able to separate the physical symptoms from the emotional ones.

    Stephen McKenzie // 2013-01-08 01:50:42 // //
  • I like to give messages through my paintings and I' made one,about the bad consecuences and illness that comes from the cigarrets and the second hand smoke,and I put this name:"How much do you value your life?

    Josefina Estrada // 2013-01-08 00:34:24 // //
  • I love your t-shirt. Go Peru.

    Patty Calderon // 2013-01-08 00:13:24 // //
  • I like that t-shirt Deepak! - Greetings from Peru!

    Ymelda Orihuela De Clack // 2013-01-07 22:59:24 // //
  • just wonder what building is that behind, looks like the pyramid on the American dollar bill.

    Frances Chow // 2013-01-07 22:39:19 // //
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    Robert Sudhakar // 2013-01-07 22:27:41 // //
  • I like this picture a lot! You look great, Deepak!

    Sue Hewitt Portnoy // 2013-01-07 22:00:33 // //
  • thx Deepak Chopra

    Nathoe Krishnawatie // 2013-01-07 21:30:14 // //
  • I agree my master ...Peru loves you Dr.Deepak Chopra

    Sheila Morris Chumpitaz // 2013-01-07 21:25:25 // //
  • marca peru!!! yes!!!

    San Svq // 2013-01-07 21:23:08 // //
  • Thank you - Deepak - this is an inspiration for my husband

    Robin Ruiz // 2013-01-07 19:37:03 // //
  • Como en toda adicción uno logra verse. En este caso, si tomamos al cigarrillo como espejo, somos en ese momento algo frágil por dentro, hecho pedazos, envuelto por una vaina de papel que merece quemarse.

    Silvia Balli // 2013-01-07 19:06:38 // //
  • I had a love affair with cigs! A lot of ppl smoked when I was young, so I started@age 10 quit@38 by breaking down the multifaceted addiction, meditating & taking Chantix.

    Barbie Salapek // 2013-01-07 18:54:01 // //
  • Gracias, mi admiración y cariño para ud.

    Laura Berumen // 2013-01-07 18:50:32 // //
  • Hello Dr

    Kgosima Ncube // 2013-01-07 18:15:44 // //
  • I don't smoke but is really interesting to know this topic because i have how many friends they smoke like a 10 to 15 cigarettes i can't understand ....why?they do how many good things is for enjoy in this beautiful world....

    Mariluz Jara // 2013-01-07 18:15:39 // //
  • Dr. Chopra Perú loves you!!!!!!

    Ana Caro Cárdenas // 2013-01-07 18:06:59 // //
  • I have just begun my spiritual journey and have tried to give up smoking many times this last time i quit it lasted all of 2 months I meditate and listen to i am a non smoker cd but still i cant quit the habit

    Maree // 2013-01-07 18:06:59 // //
  • Been trying but not having any luck....so very hard!

    Donna M Wiseman // 2013-01-07 18:04:20 // //
  • The most significant information about smoking, that is not understood by very many clinicians, is that smoking actually allows the brain to release dopamine, which is the key to its stress-relieving factor. There is a reason why, for example, schizophrenics nearly always smoke and cannot quit. Quitting, for some, IS nearly impossible, since it nourishes the brain...sad but true.

    Nancy Odle // 2013-01-07 17:57:10 // //
  • Dr su libro ya esta en español???

    Carolina Pujol // 2013-01-07 17:35:43 // //
  • BELLOOOO

    Aror Carmin Fer // 2013-01-07 17:35:09 // //
  • For sure <3

    Jilly Fee // 2013-01-07 17:26:53 // //
  • mi maestro lindo como siempre.

    Monik Rani Velaskz M // 2013-01-07 17:25:14 // //
  • lindo

    Erika Pj // 2013-01-07 17:22:16 // //
  • mexico

    Josefine Ave Fenix // 2013-01-07 17:20:58 // //
  • P E R Ú

    María Luisa B // 2013-01-07 17:16:30 // //
  • Amazing how all my family & bff`s are all non smokers now..so wonderful!

    Jane Davis // 2013-01-07 17:15:45 // //
  • Lin Giles - we were just talking about this ;)

    Denise Federico Oh'Maly // 2013-01-07 17:14:28 // //
  • esta mal?

    Nina Marin // 2013-01-07 17:09:49 // //
  • Nothing here, we didn't know, but a good read nonetheless.

    Nathalie Conway // 2013-01-07 17:09:48 // //
  • ya lo habia dejado, pero estoy muy intranquila y fue solo un cigarro

    Nina Marin // 2013-01-07 17:06:56 // //
  • Don't I know it!! Will have been quit 6 yrs this coming August, but will always love and miss my cigs... Isn't that crazy??!!??!!!

    Jennifer Cronin-Komosinski // 2013-01-07 16:53:34 // //
  • Diane Belair if you can learn to control your mind you can quit, how rediculous to say they just have to live with it seriously?

    Tricia Ward // 2013-01-07 16:46:59 // //
  • Deepak is getting younger.

    Judy Kaplan // 2013-01-07 16:43:56 // //
  • my friend spent $500.00 on hypnosis, it didn't work for her, then she went on a antidepressant, that worked for 6 months, then she tried again gained 60 lbs, so is back smoking again...long time smokers know that its in the genes/dna..and sometimes nothing works, so they live with it

    Diane Belair // 2013-01-07 16:38:02 // //
  • So why are some people addicted to cigs? Is it psychological or physical? or both?

    Katherine Riebe // 2013-01-07 16:37:25 // //
  • :)

    Purnima Thaker Dhorajiwala // 2013-01-07 16:33:37 // //
  • I smoked cigs in my early 20's off &on & was never addicted...i was silly back then...so my food fetish started happening after having children & after i caught the stomach flu i lost of nutrients & i craved lemon cough drops for few yrs friends & family witness this addiction...now its crushed ice....is it psychological.. Im so embarrassed .

    Sheki Williams // 2013-01-07 16:27:57 // //
  • Been off and on for 7 years +... Great article.

    Jessica Finch // 2013-01-07 16:23:43 // //
  • I think some people are addicted to the Deep Breathing... think about it, they Stop, sit, BREATHE In, Hold their Breath & BREATHE Out, Consciously... Being a yogini, I have noticed, if I help people realize that they just need to BREATHE Deep in moments of stress, and add some B Vitamins to help with the mood swing from the lack of smoking (chemical absorption), they tend to have more luck with Quitting :-)! ~Namaste~

    Jennifer Pierson // 2013-01-07 16:22:38 // //
  • Addiction- I started reading the first paragraph and saw how Carnism could be linked the same way. Substitute " Eating meat and dairy" for the nicotine and it reads- "There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that eating meat and dairy is bad. What Carnistic people don’t hear from media stories and commercials about the many fatal diseases to which eating meat and dairy contributes - high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and cancer to name a few, they hear from a few Vegan friends and family - the risk of violence in the world and loss of compassion, the smell, the contamination to the air by the methane gas, the expensive daily financial outlay to keep slaves and slaughter other sentient beings and even the face wrinkles that eating meat and dairy creates! " Want to learn more about Carnism? http://www.carnism.com/index.php/2012-05-09-15-00-33 Ideologies such as carnism maintain themselves by teaching us not to think or feel when we follow their dictates, and one of the primary ways they do this is by using a set of defense mechanisms which operate on both the social and psychological levels. "Carnistic defenses" hide the contradictions between our values and behaviors, allowing us to make exceptions to what we would normally consider unethical. The primary defense of the system is denial: if we deny there is a problem in the first place, we don’t have to do anything about it. Denial is expressed largely through invisibility, and the primary way carnism remains invisible is by remaining unnamed: if we don't name it, we can’t even think about it or question it. But not only is the ideology itself invisible; so, too, are the victims of the system: the trillions of farmed animals who remain out of sight and therefore conveniently out of public consciousness; the increasingly degraded environment; the exploited and often brutalized meat packers and slaughterhouse workers; and the human consumers who are at increased risk for some of the most serious diseases of the industrialized world and who have been conditioned to disconnect, psychologically and emotionally, from the truth of their experience when it comes to eating animals. But invisibility is only the first line of defense in the fortress of carnism; the truth is impossible to completely obscure. So when invisibility inevitably falters, the system needs a backup. Hence, carnism teaches us to justify eating animals, and it does this by presenting the myths of meat (and other animal products) as though they were the facts of meat, by promoting the Three Ns of Justification: eating animals is normal, natural, and necessary. The Three Ns are institutionalized - they are embraced and maintained by all major social institutions, from the family to the state - and, perhaps not surprisingly, they have been invoked throughout history to justify other violent, exploitative ideologies (e.g., slavery, male dominance, etc.).

    Laurie Lyons // 2013-01-07 16:21:36 // //
  • Sad but true. 37 years for me, I stopped when cigs were $.75 a pack. :-)

    Katrina Moore // 2013-01-07 16:19:19 // //
  • Iris been 7 months and 21 days for me after many attempts to quit. I feel better and I am more self confident

    Tammy Zehnder Cosgrove // 2013-01-07 16:16:21 // //
  • Love your t-shirt Mr. Deepak.

    Marilu Diaz // 2013-01-07 16:12:36 // //
  • In NZ there seems to have been an increase in the number of young ones starting up smoking, which is such a shame. Maybe there are underlying psychological problems there...

    Tania Duval // 2013-01-07 16:11:21 // //
  • Hypnosis was the only thing that really worked, two thumbs up!!!

    Nancy O'Brien // 2013-01-07 16:11:17 // //
  • Deepak in Peru!

    Pitoniza Smith // 2013-01-07 16:09:35 // //
  • I love this picture Dr. Chopra. I was born in Peru :o) I would've loved to be your guide there. :)

    Amparo del Aguila // 2013-01-07 16:08:18 // //
  • Went cold-turkey almost 3 years ago after being a smoker for 30 years - still have "moments" when I experience anxiety and such, but no longer associate those moments with wanting a cigarette - now I accept those moments for what they are - moments of upset/anxiety. I just don't allow cigarettes to be an option.

    Stella Zorro // 2013-01-07 16:02:59 // //
  • tryin....

    Sandi Bruce // 2013-01-07 16:00:08 // //
  • I quit 100 days ago tomorrow :)

    Michelle Bleau // 2013-01-07 15:55:59 // //
  • My husband and I quit Oct 9 2012. It was very difficult at first, and definitely more in the emotional sense. I had very bad anxiety and depression made worse by insomnia. No drugs would help. I knew I had to change my mind about what was happening. I started a campaign of self love where I did a lot of yoga and said tons of affirmations. This love and confidence replaced fear and doubt and now I am still on a path of being healthy. I sleep very well, make better food choices and do my best to only make positive statements. Quitting has taught me so much about my own strength. The health benefits are immeasurable! If you are struggling, just jump in feet first. You absolutely can do it!

    Erin Neffke // 2013-01-07 15:55:55 // //
  • I agree!

    Kristy Stone // 2013-01-07 15:55:23 // //
  • This is correct. I quit 6 months ago, and I still miss things about smoking - the intimate exchange of it all - it was a lover of sorts, one that was trying to kill me however. This personal relationship was very much a part of me on so many levels. When I was doing this...(whatever it is) this is when I would smoke, so the everyday things I did were saturated with this ritual of smoking (one that took a lot of planning too), I had no idea until I quit. It was so emotionally painful. I am very grateful to myself that I quit. I won't have even a puff, I don't want to have to start stopping all over. Everyone will quit someday, I am just glad I did it while I am alive.

    Clare Cleveland // 2013-01-07 15:50:05 // //
  • I'm on my 3rd day of Chantix - tomorrow I double-up my dose...

    Angela Spee // 2013-01-07 15:49:06 // //
  • Wellbutrin/Chantix ...

    Steve Chaszar // 2013-01-07 15:49:01 // //
  • Good article - I need help quitting! I wish the article were longer...

    Alexandra 'Champa' Taylor // 2013-01-07 15:48:19 // //
  • Thank you!!! I am a mess over this!!! Trying everything!!!

    Jade Moon // 2013-01-07 15:47:13 // //
  • Are you in Miami???

    Juan Arauz // 2013-01-07 15:45:40 // //
  • I quit last March 24. It has been tough! I still feel anger urges from when I quit, hope it leaves soon. I gained 20 lbs even when I was walking 20-25 miles a wk. I just take a deep quick breath when I think about them. I wish I could hate them like some people do after they quit.

    Katrina Bright Spicer // 2013-01-07 15:45:19 // //
  • Muito giro.

    Ana Sampaio // 2013-01-07 15:44:58 // //
  • WOOOW!!

    Nina Marin // 2013-01-07 15:43:47 // //
  • I broke free

    Susie Whitten // 2013-01-07 15:43:33 // //
  • ??

    Nina Marin // 2013-01-07 15:40:00 // //
  • Chopra is trademark Perú!

    Hugo Meono // 2013-01-07 15:39:26 // //
  • This is so true... My mother has spent over 40 years addicted to cigarettes, and until she decided to change her diet, she could not stop. I would love to share the information with anyone interested in quitting. :) Please feel free to pm me.

    Enkel Brintrup // 2013-01-07 15:39:00 // //
  • hooked is an illusion

    Steve Chaszar // 2013-01-07 15:38:56 // //
  • Hello ...:)

    Xarah Amariliz // 2013-01-07 15:37:59 // //
  • Thank you Namaste ♥

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-01-07 15:37:14 // //
  • fiu fiu !... Bela foto, parabéns... ;)

    Delisete Buzim // 2013-01-07 15:34:14 // //
  • Ugh...smoking.

    Shayna Allen // 2013-01-07 15:33:03 // //
  • By any chance - can you refer any good hypnotists here in the US?

    Sameer R // 2013-01-07 13:07:31 // //