Stop Smoking Easily eBook by Dr.

John Gasson and Jenny Wensing

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Introduction
Stopping smoking is a phrase that can strike terror into the hearts of most smokers. In our Stop Smoking Easily sessions, we often hear, "I’ve tried everything, from Zyban to patches, sprays, gums to acupuncture, but nothing works!" and "I’ve got an addictive personality, so it’s impossible for me to give up". Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this. Using a combination of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques and integrated medicine, no matter what your smoking history, you can be completely free of smoking. We’ve all been happy nonsmokers in the past – before we started smoking. Wouldn’t it be great to get back to the happy innocence of not being remotely interested in cigarettes? Well, the great news is, you can!

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"If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviours and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve." - Anthony Robbins

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Stopping smoking and personal choice
The most important thing to remember when stopping smoking is this – it’s your choice. We are not trying to make you stop because ‘smoking is bad for you’, we are not here to preach to you about what you should do and we’re also not going to patronise you by telling you things you already know. We were smokers ourselves for 25 years, so we know how it can feel! We believe passionately in freedom of choice, and if it is your choice to set yourself free from smoking, you can do it!

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So, if you are considering stopping smoking, then do it for your own reasons, and on your own terms. We’re often asked when the best time is to stop smoking. The truth is, the best time to stop smoking is when it feels right for you. Don't wait for significant dates like, birthdays or New Year's Eve. Stop when the timing is right for you, and that could be next month, next week or right now! The choice is yours, and yours alone.

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If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got. And there’s more!

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What are you giving up?
Coughing and wheezing, bad breath, low energy levels, poor sex life, worrying yourself sick about your health? That’s what you’ll be giving up when you stop smoking! Compare this to what you gain: you’ll feel healthy and much more energetic and alive, you’ll be happier, and you’ll have peace of mind. If you really think about it, there is nothing of genuine benefit to give up, when you stop smoking! You might assume you smoke because you enjoy it. Otherwise why do it? But let’s stop for a moment and think about it. What, specifically do you enjoy about smoking? Does it make you smile, or laugh? Compare it to other things you enjoy. Does smoking make you sociable? If a person is anti-social, can they become sociable because they smoke? Is it the taste you enjoy? If so, then how come it took you so long to get used to? And what can you taste anyway? How do you think your taste buds have been affected by smoking?

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So, stopping smoking is not about giving up anything, it’s about getting the life you’ve always deserved. And the great part is, it’s easy! Here's the real truth about smoking. If you haven’t done it before then you can't ‘enjoy’ it. Be honest - the first time you smoked it smelt, tasted and felt awful. It still does, and the cigarette hasn’t changed! Look at what you leave behind when you become a non-smoker; the coughing and wheezing, yellow teeth, bad breath, the feeling of being out of control, not being able to run very far, and of course there’s the cost. Compare this to what you gain; your sense of taste, your health, fitness, self-respect, and lots of financial and social rewards. No substitutes for cigarettes are needed. Why on earth would you want an alternative? You are not denying yourself anything positive when you stop smoking, and everything you gain is fantastic.

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There is nothing of genuine pleasure or benefit to give up when you stop smoking.

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The cost of smoking
Based on the cost of main brand cigarettes in 2011, smoking 20 cigarettes per day in South Africa will cost you R9,000 per year, and $3,000 per year in Australia. Although money might not be your main reason for stopping, it is a sobering experience to work out exactly what smoking has cost you, and will cost you if you continue.

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Perhaps you might like to spend a few minutes considering exactly how much money you currently spend on smoking per year, and how much this would be over 5 years, and a lifetime. Of course, we haven’t calculated here the cost to your health and wellbeing. Now think about what you would like to spend this money on. A fabulous overseas trip, a new car, regular treats at the Spa, a wardrobe of new clothes - whatever you want.

Why is willpower so hard?
Using willpower to quit involves ‘giving up’ smoking even though deep down you don't really want to. Think about that. We all have an inbuilt resistance to being told to do things that we don't want to do, or don't think we should do it's a basic survival instinct. The majority of people who try to stop smoking, believe it will be torture, and it will be torture if you try using willpower. On the one hand you’re desperate to stop, and on the other, you’d love to continue. It’s like a tug of war. Your desperation to stop is co-balanced by your desire to continue. So the more you want to stop, the harder stopping feels. You are, in effect fighting your own instincts and creating an internal battle with yourself as the (formidable) opponent. So - forget willpower and start thinking about what you really want instead.

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Give up the fight, Forget willpower, Focus on what you want.

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Putting yourself in a position of choice means stopping smoking because you want to! And when you reach the point when you stop because you want to, you'll find that there's no resistance left - nothing to fight against. This is the critical point when it becomes easy. So - stop making yourself do it and start wanting to do it!

Cutting down on smoking
Some smokers believe that if they cut down on cigarettes, eventually it will be easier to stop completely. The strategy of cutting down is often adopted by people who use willpower to stop smoking. Unconsciously, they still want to smoke. . Also bear in mind that cutting down is very much like using nicotine replacement products, in that you never actually stop putting nicotine and other poisons into your body. Cutting down is just another way of prolonging the agony. The sooner you stop smoking completely, the sooner you will start to build positive, new thought patterns and habits, and after a while, it will feel easy and natural to live your life as a free non smoker.

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Becoming free permanently
People using willpower to stop smoking often don't do two key things. The first of these is they haven’t made the decision. Rather than saying “I have set myself free of smoking forever”, and removing all the unnecessary pressures and doubts, they use phrases like, “I'll give it a try” or, “I'll stop for a week and see how I feel”.

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Believe totally in your decision! It’s the thinking about ‘giving up’ that makes it so much harder.

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So what is the difference between making it a decision or creating an option with an escape clause? When it’s a decision you are 100% committed to, then there is no doubt in your mind, and you will actually be under less pressure. By creating an option with an escape clause, you are constantly busy with smoking thoughts, like, ‘shall I have just one?’ which is sheer torture! The second key point is about people using their powerful imaginations to help them succeed. In fact people using the willpower method to stop, often actively switch off their imaginations. We’ll explain how to harness the power of your imagination later.

Stopping smoking and weight gain
A fallacy exists that stopping smoking inevitably leads to weight gain. Using the willpower method (“I must stop smoking”) leaves people feeling miserable and deprived, so they use food as a substitute. If you eat more calories than you burn up, then you will put on weight. This is another reason why we don’t recommend the willpower method to stop smoking.

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The simple truth is, you don’t put on weight if you have a healthy lifestyle. When you stop smoking, you’ll feel more energetic and your muscles will become healthier. That’s good news from a weight point of view, because it means your metabolic rate will increase and you’ll feel like exercising again. So instead of gaining weight, many of the smokers we see during our sessions end up getting fit and losing weight.

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You don’t get fat by valuing and making healthy lifestyle choices.

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Is smoking addictive?
Nicotine is generally thought of as a highly addictive substance. But think about drugs that we know to be addictive – cocaine and heroin as examples. Addictive substances change the way a person thinks, feels and behaves, which is why it is illegal in most countries to use a mood-altering drug and then drive a car. People who need to stop using addictive drugs spend weeks or even months in Rehab Clinics, where they receive treatment and learn life skills as part of their recovery process. How does this compare to smoking? Do cigarettes change the way you think, feel or behave? Have you ever felt ‘high’ on cigarettes? Do you find yourself doing things on cigarettes that you wouldn’t normally do? Do you think you need to spend weeks or months in a Rehab Clinic to stop smoking? No – this is why we don’t believe that smoking is about addiction. It's about your beliefs and the habit you have created. The great news is, beliefs and habits are not hardwired into our neurology, and they can be changed very quickly.

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Use a natural way to stop smoking
When you stop smoking, you stop poisoning yourself with cigarettes, and your body starts to recover. So how much sense does it make to put toxic chemicals into your body when you want to stop smoking? This is why we don’t believe in using Nicotine Replacement Therapies like patches, pills, gum, e-cigarettes and the like. If you stop smoking the natural way, using the power of your unconscious mind, it’s really easy, and doesn’t involve pumping chemicals into your body.

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‘We already have all the resources we need within ourselves.“ - NLP Presupposition

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Smoking facts and fiction
The fact is, that anybody can find it easy to give up smoking if they go about it in the right way. The idea that stopping smoking has to be hard is fiction. Lots of people are finding it easy to stop smoking, and in fact, most of the people we see say they enjoy the process! Many people believe that smoking has benefits - that it helps them to relax, makes them feel happy and be creative. Actually, it does none of these things. These feelings are not benefits, merely associations. There is nothing in a cigarette that can possibly help you relax – in fact it does the opposite. Smoking is incredibly stressful. All smoking does is stop you wanting to smoke – for a while. It is a constant, never ending cycle. One of the benefits of becoming a free non smoker is that you finally get to relax!

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Some people believe that smoking helps them concentrate. They think it keeps their minds sharp, and adds an edge of creativity. This is an illusion. In the same way that cigarettes make you stressed while pretending they are helping you relax, cigarettes destroy your ability to concentrate, while pretending to improve it. Challenge any pre-programmed negative beliefs you may have about stopping smoking. For example, some people believe they will never be free of smoking, because ‘once a smoker, always a smoker.’ We even had a client once who believed he was ‘born to smoke.’ The problem with these beliefs is that they set you up with negative expectations at the outset, which is disastrous.

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“You are in charge of your mind, And therefore your results.” - NLP Presupposition

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What’s important is to condition your mind for success, So discard everything you've ever heard about stopping smoking being difficult. Becoming a free non smoker is as easy as breathing!

Breaking the habit
Breaking habits is easy – we do it all the time. If someone gave you the keys to your dream car, how long would it take you to get used to the new control panel, and the smoothness of the ride. Would it be a problem? We thought not! As human beings, we are designed for adaptation. Changing a habit is simple - you just create a new one and then practice it. Anyone is capable of the habit of not smoking – most children practice this habit every day!

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“You become what you think about most of the time.” Brian Tracy

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If you've smoked for any period of time then you have probably practiced the smoking habit thousands of times. Every time you think about smoking, you practice it and cement it in further. Ironically, when you try to not think about it, you also practice thinking about it. To understand what we mean, try not thinking of a giant pink elephant. Impossible, isn't it?

Going for it!
If you’ve made the decision to stop smoking, and set a date to stop, the next step is to go for it! Begin by writing down all your reasons for wanting to become a free, non smoker. And then turn them all into positive reasons which inspire you. You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. For instance, if one of your reasons for stopping is to "not get ill" then change that to "enjoying vibrant health". Your list will probably include reasons such as having lots of energy, feeling healthy, enjoying freedom, and having more money in your pocket for fun stuff.

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"If you think you can, you can!"

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Staying on track once you’ve quit
Once you’ve stopped, make sure you have a strategy to keep on track. Some tips:  Believe totally in your decision! Always remind yourself that no

matter what happens, life is always going to be better as a non smoker. There is nothing in a cigarette that can help you with anything! So as a smoker, you have been harming yourself with absolutely no gain. Stopping smoking is like stepping out from under a grey cloud that has been hanging over your head for years.  Avoid coffee, tea and alcohol for the first three days, and drink lots of water. This will help calm any jittery nerves you may have, whilst speeding up the healing process in your body.  Change your thoughts. If you have a ‘smoking thought’ – think about something positive instead, such as ‘isn’t it great to be free.’ Practice this technique regularly.  Keep a journal. Reflect on and write down your experiences every day. This will help keep you focused. After the first three days, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed and positive, and you’ll also feel more energetic. Realise that you are in the process of physically recreating your body as a vibrant, healthy non-smoker, and write down your experiences in a journal.

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 Breathe! Deep breathing is a great way to reduce tension and as you take deeper, slower breaths, oxygen floods into the small airways in your lungs. This is literally a breath of fresh air! So take three deep breaths several times a day. Here’s how: Place your hands over your stomach, with the fingertips touching. As you take a deep breath, feel your fingers separating. The oxygen is now getting into the deeper parts of your lungs. Feel how easy it is to breathe now that you are once again a non-smoker.  Get moving, even if it’s only a walk around the block. This will release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone and you’ll come back refreshed and relaxed.  Stick to a well balanced diet. Enjoy occasional treats, but make sure you are also giving your body the fuel it needs to function properly, and don’t skip breakfast.

Spoil yourself with a mini mental holiday
Take a mini mental holiday, using the power of your imagination. Close your eyes and relax. Now imagine you have stopped smoking for a year. What does it feel like? Create vivid mental images and make them as realistic as possible. Notice how healthy you look, and how great you feel, and how clean everything smells, and all the things you have bought with the money you have saved. Use all five senses to create your own incredible future! We have five senses which we use to create our internal world – our imagination. And remember, the reason we have imagination is to transform ourselves. Now try this short exercise. You might want to practice it often with your eyes closed until it becomes very natural.

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Imagine that you've stopped smoking for a year. What will you look like? Imagine your skin looking clear and glowing with health. How will it feel to have successfully stopped smoking? Imagine the sense of empowerment, and freedom you will have. Think about how fresh and clean your home, clothes and hair will smell. Think about how great food will taste. Use all of your senses to create your own incredible future. It is an interesting point that if you ask someone who is not ready to stop to do this exercise, they are not prepared to imagine themselves one to two years ahead - it is as if they have a mental block. Someone who is using willpower to quit, and who is struggling, will also probably be reluctant to do this exercise. One thing that we have noticed repeatedly is that people who are prepared to use their imagination to create a positive non-smoking future enjoy huge success. Remember that using your imagination and being 100% committed to your decision, are absolutely crucial. These are the two key points to come back to if you are having trouble.

The Power of Affirmations
Use positive affirmations to take charge of your mind. In the past you've unconsciously been practicing such affirmations as "I'm a smoker", "I have an addictive personality", "smoking relaxes me", "I always have a cigarette in the morning" and so on. How about a new, positive affirmation?

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“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” - Albert Einstein

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Examples could be; "Every day I'm getting healthier and happier”; "I'm a healthy non-smoker and life is great”; "I’m a non smoker, and I love it”. Choose one or more of these affirmations or prepare a couple of your own. Ensure that they make you feel motivated and bursting with energy, and practice using your affirmations every time you have a smoking thought. As you do this, you build positive neurological pathways in your mind, which makes it so easy to be a happy, free, non smoker.

What happens when you stop smoking?
When you stop poisoning yourself with cigarettes, your body goes through a massive detox – particularly during the first few days. It is important to nurture yourself during this time by eating healthily, drinking lots of water, and taking gentle exercise. What is vital during this stage is to keep your thoughts positive. And remember: you choose your thoughts. Most people we work with enjoy their first few days of freedom! See the slight discomfort of the first few days for what it is – your body is shedding thousands of harmful toxins and poisons and healing itself. Your body is literally re-creating itself! And your mind is too. Once those first two or three days are over, you are just dealing with an old habit, whilst creating powerful, new ones. After two or three days, your body will be free of nicotine and other chemicals, and will be thanking you very much indeed. As pointed out earlier, willpower tends to focus on what you are depriving yourself of. As you are now aware, you are depriving yourself of absolutely nothing other than the harmful chemicals in cigarettes. So what happens next is - simply enjoy your life and live it in a more healthy, energetic and fun way!

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But what about withdrawal symptoms?
This is a very interesting one. People who use the willpower method to give up smoking tend to feel deprived of something they believe they enjoy or need. These feeling of deprivation create a mental obsession that is seen (and felt) as physical withdrawal. These feelings can be intense and very unpleasant. This is why so many people believe it’s difficult to stop smoking. The good news is that there is no need at all to put yourself through this. The fact is, that if you can get yourself to the place where what you desperately want are such things as happiness, health, personal success, fitness, more money etc, there is no sense of deprivation. …. the initial mild feelings of discomfort are simply positive signs of the body healing. Most of our clients report feeling relieved to be out of the smoking prison. They talk about feeling excited about life again, and filled with a sense of success and achievement. There is nothing to withdraw from! This explains why people who stop smoking the natural way report that they find it surprisingly easy.

Benefits of stopping smoking
The even better news is that you don't have to wait years to experience all the fantastic effects of stopping smoking. Your health will start to improve within minutes of

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stopping smoking as your body rids itself of harmful toxins. Within 20 minutes of stopping smoking, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.

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After eight hours, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half, and your oxygen levels return to normal. Over the next few hours and days, you will see other beneficial changes, such as your lungs clearing themselves out and becoming strong again, your sense of smell and taste improving, and your breathing becoming clearer. You will start to notice even more positive changes within next few weeks and months after stopping. Imagine how you will feel after a year of being a nonsmoker! Eventually you can be as healthy as if you never smoked, as your body heals itself. This is amazing - but true. Imagine how clean your skin will feel. Your skin, your hair and your clothes will all smell fresher as will your house and your car. You’ll be saving lots of money too, and hopefully spending it on things which make your life more fun. And you’ll be happier too, as you re-claim the life you deserve.

So what's next?
We use Neuro-Linguistic-Programming techniques in our Stop Smoking Easily sessions with clients, because they work. They work because they help you transform the way you think, so they change your relationship with cigarettes. And the good news is, these same techniques can work in any area of your life. For many people we’ve worked with, stopping smoking is just the first step to transforming their entire lives! So, we’ve partnered with Lloyd Johnson at Confident Future, and we can now offer you a FREE course in NLP.

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Not only will you receive a free copy of Lloyd’s book: The Secrets to Learning Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but you will also receive four free videos where Lloyd shares with you some incredibly powerful and practical NLP tools. To get your free course, just follow this link, type in your email address and you will immediately be sent the book. The videos will be emailed to you over the coming days and weeks: https://xa968.infusionsoft.com/go/nlpsecrets/southafrica/ In the meantime, we’d like to wish you all the best for your future as a happy and healthy non-smoker and all that means to you!

Warm wishes, Jenny and Dr. John

www.stopsmokingeasily.co.za
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