Quit Smoking – Get the Nicotine Monkey Off Your Back
Almost everything most people believe about smoking is wrong
Learn why you really smoke and why quitting seems to hard
Then it will be easy
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If you’re a smoker, please answer this question:
Do you want to stop smoking?
The answer, very likely, is ‘Yes’.
You want to stop for the obvious reasons: health concerns, waste of money, etc.
Now please answer this question – honestly:
Do you really want to stop smoking?
Your answer, probably, is ‘No’ or ‘Not yet’.
This is because, however much you may think you want to stop, the idea of never smoking again for many smokers is almost intolerable. You have a fear of not smoking greater than the fear of continuing to smoke that’s drummed into you by the horrible pictures and health warnings on cigarette packs and elsewhere.
There’s also a reason for this illogical situation. But if you understand it – very simple! – then I promise you quitting will be easy.
But even that prospect can be an obstacle to quitting. One of my patients put it like this – and I promise I am not making it up:
"Thank you very much for the offer, Dr Symonds, but I’m not going to come for your stop-smoking session because I’m afraid that if I did, I would succeed." (!)
Nonetheless, nearly all other quit-smoking methods overlook this fear or try to help you deal with it through common sense and logic.
If these worked, no one would smoke.
Conventional Ways to Quit Smoking
These emphasise potential difficulties, are inherently discouraging and have only a 16% to 20% success rate.
They usually comprise the following complicated and time-consuming steps:
- Set a quit date, have a plan how you will deal with the dreadful ‘cravings’ (whatever these are) that you will suffer and work out how to avoid ‘triggers’ to smoke.
- If a craving comes on, try deep breathing, drinking a glass of water or somehow distract yourself.
- See your doctor or pharmacist to get nicotine patches or chewing gum to treat your nicotine addiction. Or try prescription drugs. Or nicotine products and prescription drugs.
- E-cigarettes: don’t be misled about these as a way of stopping smoking. In reality they're merely an alternative way of continuing your nicotine addiction, probably indefinitely. Are they safe? Only time will tell. Even if they're much safer than smoking, do you really want to be addicted to nicotine for years on end?
You’re almost defeated before you start.
Why should you have to do this to yourself?
There has to be a better way!
As a practising doctor I have successfully helped hundreds of smokers to quit with a simple unique method I have developed over twenty years.
I do NOT use
- Nicotine patches or gum
- Prescription drugs
- Twelve-steps or group therapy
- Hypnosis or acupuncture
- Supplements, magnets in your ears, laser treatment or other gimmicks
- Horrible pictures and scare tactics
- Cognitive behavioural therapy to build a quit plan or go on a ‘quitting journey’ or similar complicated regimens
Instead, I can help you to demonstrate to yourself
- Why you really smoke
- Why quitting seems so hard
It will then become clear that the reason so many people have difficulty in quitting is largely due to mistaken beliefs and their way of thinking about smoking.
Nor do I offer any technique to 'correct' your way of thinking about smoking, but after a discussion and teaching in a helpful, non-judgemental atmosphere, you will find there's no difficulty in stopping something you don't want to do anymore!
With this understanding and the right kind of support, it's easy to quit smoking straight away.
Two Ways to Learn How to Quit
Dr Symonds has written three books on smoking. The latest one, 'Quit Smoking with the Symonds Method', is due out soon. It’s intended for smokers who want to quit but find it too difficult on their own, or for those who’ve ‘tried everything’ but still find success eludes them.
‘Quit Smoking with the Symonds Method’ is a dedicated how-to-do-it e-book. It’s interactive and interesting to follow. Once you've worked your way through it you'll gain something you probably didn't have before: understanding. Then quitting will be easy.
Learn more about Dr Symonds's unique method in his books
Dr Symonds’s unique method is available via a private one-on-one video link.
The sessions are interactive and tailored to the situation and needs of the individual smoker – it’s not just a lecture. And there are no horrible pictures!
The time required is only 1½ to 2 hours. This is all it usually takes to gain the understanding you’ll need so you’ll never want to smoke again. But in the unlikely event of difficulty, free follow-up is provided – see FAQs on the 1/1 Session page.
How much do you know about smoking?
Is what you've heard the same as reality?
This is an entertaining, instructive and effective book. With a "no holds barred" approach, it exposes the failure and hypocrisy of government in colluding to the continuing manufacture and sale of cigarettes (and other tobacco products), the laughable evasion and outright deception from "Big Tobacco". It amuses with anecdotes describing the committed smoking behaviour of some celebrities.
Richard W Illingworth