Help yourself to give up Smoking
by Michele Carelse, Clinical Psychologist & Licensed Counsellor
As you read this,
you are probably filled with anxiety with the very
thought of being without that reassuring packet of
cigarettes in your bag or pocket! You might have been
smoking for years. Maybe this is the first time you are
seriously considering "giving up" or perhaps you have
tried before and failed. Whatever the case may be -
don't be discouraged, you are one of millions!
In my opinion, not enough recognition is given to the
fact that nicotine dependency is a serious addiction!
Many people see cigarette smoking as a "Bad Habit" and
feel that smokers should be able to "just stop"!
Although there are many gums, sprays and patches
available to help the person gradually wean him/herself
off the cigarettes, most smokers are expected to "go it
alone", be crabby for a few weeks and then be fine! If
they fail, the insinuation is that they are weak,
indulgent, inconsiderate, etc. The medical and moral
support and understanding given to other substance
abusers (e.g. alcoholics, crack addicts, etc) is
usually not forthcoming for those who are struggling to
overcome nicotine dependency.
this article will fill that gap a little. Nothing on
earth will make it easy and effortless - but, if you
are serious about giving up and follow the advice given
here, you will find that you stand a better chance of
Think about why you want
to give up. Like all addictions, YOU are the one that
must want to quit. If you are quitting because someone
else wants you to or is pressurizing you to, your
chances of success are greatly diminished. YOU must
want to do it, for reasons that are YOURS.
One of the most compelling reasons to give up smoking
is that cigarettes are detrimental to your health. Here
are some sobering facts:
1. Smoking is
the most important risk factor for cancer and heart
disease. In fact, statistics show that smokers are
about three to five times more likely to contract
cancer or heart disease than non-smokers. (Tobacco
smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals and 50 of these
have been identified as carcinogens).
Heard enough? Well, here is some more!
only do smokers have a far greater risk of contracting
lung cancer, but they also have increased rates of
other cancers, including cancer of the mouth, larynx,
throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, liver,
cervix, stomach, colon and rectum. Smokers are also at
greater risk for leukemia.
3. The overall
cancer death rates for smokers are twice as high as
those of non-smokers. The more cigarettes you smoke and
the longer you smoke for,the greater the risk.
4. Smoking contributes significantly to the development
of high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries
and therefore places smokers at greater risk of stroke
and heart disease.
5. Smoking causeschronic
lung disorders like emphysema, asthma and bronchitis.
1. Smoking causespremature wrinkling,
especially of the face.
2. Smokers haveyellow
teeth, and foul smelling breath, hair and clothes.
3. Smoking causesimpotence and erectile
dysfunction in men and low libido in men and women. It
can also contribute towards difficulties in falling
pregnant and birth defects.
4. Smoking deprives
the body of oxygen, leading to fatigue and low
5. At current prices,
smoking is very bad for your bank balance! Think of
what you could do with the money you spend on
These are only a few of the
known dangers of smoking that pertain to the
individual. Still not convinced? Then think of this:
Not only is smoking bad for you, but it is also
bad for your family and those around you! For example,
children of smokers are far more likely to develop
asthma and other chronic respiratory infections than
those of non-smokers. They are also more prone to colds
and flu and lose more time off school. Exposed to
second hand tobacco smoke on a daily basis, these
children also have higher risks of developing all the
cancers, disorders and other medical conditions
mentioned above. In addition, you are a role model for
your child and are not teaching them good health habits
when you continue to smoke in the face of overwhelming
evidence regarding the serious health hazards
associated with smoking. If you don't do it yourself,
do it for your kids!
So what's new?
Most people who are reading this ebooklet have heard
all of this before. When they stop and think about it
(which they try not to do), they cannot avoid the fact
that the only sensible thing to do is to stop the
habit. In fact, research has shown that the majority of
smokers over the age of 30 would like to stop smoking.
Many of them have tried and failed. This brings us back
to Square One.
The Native Remedies Stop
Smoking Ultra Pack At Native Remedies, we have all had
personal experience of nicotine addiction and
withdrawal. As a psychologist, I have also counseled
many people who have struggled to stop smoking. As an
ex-smoker, I understand the difficulties involved, as
well as the feelings of failure and frustration
experienced every time you try and fail to stop
smoking. I understand how stressed you feel when you
read about the health hazards of smoking, the feelings
of irritation when other people point them out to you -
as well as the feelings of guilt around endangering the
lives of your loved ones who are exposed to your second
Considering the huge cost that
smoking imposes on our own lives, those of our children
and the economy of the country, it is surprising that
there is not more support for smokers who want to give
up. Nicotine withdrawal is no joke and cigarettes can
be more difficult to give up than many other dangerous
To help you, Native Remedies has
worked together with experts in the field to provide
help in the form of specially formulated natural
remedies combined with a free step-by-step program to
support and guide you through the process of nicotine
Natural Remedies Can Help
Natural remedies can help to prevent depression
associated with nicotine withdrawal, reduce nicotine
craving and soothe the restlessness, irritability and
volatile moods often felt by people trying to quit
Unlike some nicotine withdrawal
programs, the Native Remedies Stop Smoking Ultra Pack
does not include nicotine substitutes like nicotine
gums, sprays, patches, etc. Apart from the fact that
nicotine is the 'enemy', using nicotine substitutes may
help with craving in the short term, but can also lead
to relapse in the long term. Our aim is to keep you
nicotine free and we want you to start out that way!
Other programs advocate the use of synthetic
anti-depressant drugs or even tranquillizers to help
control the depression, anxiety and mood swings that
can send you right back to the cigarettes. While this
approach does have some merit, it is also true that
there are very effective natural substitutes for the
synthetic antidepressants and tranquillizers - which
can offer the same benefits without the side effects
and potential for addiction. After all - you are
fighting one addiction and do not want to replace it
With this in mind, Native
Remedies has formulated three natural remedies to help
address all the major problems associated with nicotine
withdrawal. Although they are all excellent stand alone
products, Rx-Hale tablets, Crave-Rx Drops and Triple
Complex NicoTonic tissue salts are designed to work
together and are recommended for use as part of a
holistic treatment program.
Tablets are especially formulated to prepare your body
to stop smoking and are begun one month before you want
to stop. They contain a unique combination of herbs
which are well known for their anti-depressant and
calming effect and include chromium to help prevent the
tendency to overeat as a substitute for cigarettes.
Taken during the month before you stop smoking and
continued for a few months until the worst is over,
Rx-Hale Tablets ensure that your efforts to stop
smoking are not foiled by depression, mood swings and
sugar cravings. Taking the tablets every day during the
30 days before you stop also prepares you
psychologically for nicotine withdrawal and ensures
that you begin the process feeling strong and ready to
face the challenges ahead of you!
Drops contain a unique combination of selected herbal
ingredients to assist with the management of nicotine
craving, possibly due to their balancing effect on
brain chemicals known to be associated with addiction.
Containing herbs which have been clinically proven to
reduce the craving for nicotine, Crave-Rx Drops also
contain herbs which will help to prevent the sugar
cravings and compensatory overeating which often cause
people to go back to cigarettes due to unwanted weight
gain. Taken in a little water or juice three to four
times a day, Crave-Rx Drops act quickly to reduce
nicotine craving and keep you calm.
Complex NicoTonic is a complex biochemic tissue salt
formulation to assist with the 'short fuse' syndrome so
frequently associated with nicotine withdrawal. Triple
Complex NicoTonic helps to prevent irritability, temper
outbursts and restlessness and ensures a calmer and
more successful path to a cigarette free life! It does
this by promoting the bio-availability of nutrients,
hormones and bio-chemicals that are usually depleted by
the stress of nicotine and drug withdrawal. Presented
in convenient sucking tablets which are dissolved under
the tongue when needed, Triple Complex NicoTonic can be
taken as many times per day as necessary. For more
information on these three natural remedies, please see
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STOP SMOKING IN EIGHT WEEKS - BE A NON-SMOKER FOR
STEP ONE: (Four Weeks)
Preparation is important!! Follow these steps. During
this first four weeks you can continue to smoke.
1. Determine your Quit Date! You must set a
Quit Date no less than one month away. This gives you
four weeks to prepare for beginning nicotine
Regular exercise helps tremendously to improve mood and
motivation levels and also gets you feeling healthy and
more confident. People who exercise regularly have a
running start over those who don't when it comes to
beating the smoking habit! It doesn't matter what you
do - just do it every day for at least 30 minutes. Take
up an interesting hobby, preferably one that you can do
with your hands - but any hobby will do. Be prepared to
invest money in exercise and a new hobby - you will
have some to spare because you are not smoking!
2. Start using Rx-Hale Tablets one
month before your Quit Date to prevent depression and
anxiety and to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent
weight gain. Remember to use them every day as
directed! Every time you take a dose, remind yourself
that you are on the road to recovery from nicotine
3. Make a list of all the reasons
why you want to stop smoking and read this list every
day. Glue it to the door of your fridge, your computer
monitor and the mirror in the bathroom.
at least 10 people that you are going to stop smoking
on your Quit Date.
5. Identify times and places
which you associate with cigarettes e.g. after a meal,
first thing in the morning, when you are driving,
watching TV, etc.
During the first four weeks, DO NOT
smoke during these times and at these places - although
you can smoke elsewhere. If you smoke in front of the
TV, get up and smoke in the kitchen. If you smoke in
bed when you wake up, get out of bed and smoke after
you have dressed. If you smoke after a meal, wait for
30 minutes and do something else in the meanwhile. If
you light up as soon as you get into the car, rather
smoke before and after your journey. If you smoke while
speaking on the telephone, hang up if you need to have
a cigarette. This helps you to break the 'habit
smoking' while still allowing you to smoke.
Start an exercise program and/or start a new hobby.
STEP TWO: (Four Weeks) Quit Date arrives! NO
1. Throw away, trash or
burn all cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and anything
associated with smoking!
Making four weeks without cigarettes is a BIG DEAL and
means that you have beaten the physical addiction to
2. Remind everyone
that you have now officially stopped smoking.
3. Continue using Rx-Hale Tablets and being taking
Crave-Rx Drops three to six times daily to reduce
nicotine craving, control appetite and prevent the
weight gain often associated with quitting.
If you experience mood swings or a 'short fuse
syndrome', suck Triple Complex NicoTonic Tablets
whenever needed to reduce restlessness, bad mood and
5. Ask a friend or family member to
be your 'buddy' during the next few weeks, preferably
one who has also stopped smoking. He or she needs to be
'on call' for emergency phone calls, walks, talks and
visits for those moments when craving becomes just too
tough to manage alone. If possible, email or phone this
buddy every night before you go to bed. Just a short
message to say 'I made it today' does wonders and holds
you accountable to someone else besides yourself. If
you are tempted to smoke, read the list you have made
of reasons why you want to stop and promise yourself
you will not have a cigarette before first speaking to
6. Continue with your exercise
program and hobby.
7. Instead of smoking, chew
on raw vegetables like carrots or chew sugarless
chewing gum. If your fingers are itching to hold a
cigarette, play with a pencil, some 'worry beads' or a
cool smooth stone.
8. Take one day at a time!
This is important. Every morning tell yourself that
your goal for the day is to complete it without
9. Reward yourself at the end of
this month with a gift equal in value to the money that
you would have spent on cigarettes.
10. Go out
and celebrate with your 'buddy', friends and family.
STEP THREE: Now that you are a
Non-Smoker, maintenance is essential!! Physical
addiction to most substances is 'cured' after 3 or 4
weeks. Now you have to overcome the psychological
1. Continue with Rx-Hale
Tablets and Crave Rx Drops for at least 6 months. If
you feel restless or irritable, suck a Triple Complex
NicoTonic Tablet to calm yourself.
2. Don't let
your exercise program slip.
3. Be on guard all
the time - 'only' one cigarette is one cigarette too
many for any Quitter! If anyone offers you a cigarette,
say 'No thanks - I don't smoke!' and mean it!
4. Reward yourself at the end of every month. Celebrate
your Quitting Anniversary every month.
5. Whenever you feel stressed or tense, practice deep
breathing exercises or listen to some soothing
6. Realize that the danger is not past.
Although the craving for cigarettes becomes weaker and
weaker as time goes by, ex-smokers report that the
thought of having a cigarette still pops into their
minds years after they have stopped. When that happens,
visualize a big red STOP sign and say 'NO'! As a
nicotine addict, you can NEVER again have a cigarette.
Never give up giving up!
What if I have a
Well, what if you don't?
But seriously, if you do "slip up" and have a
cigarette, don't say, "Oh No, I failed - I'm a smoker
again". Tell yourself "One cigarette doesn't make a
smoker - I am a Non-Smoker, who had ONE cigarette and I
am not going to have another one!" Put out the
cigarette as soon as you can, forgive yourself (just
this once) and move on as a non-smoker.
there you have it! You CAN stop smoking. Using Rx-Hale
Tablets, Crave-Rx Drops, Triple Complex NicoTonic and
the Native Remedies Rx-Hale No-More-Smoking Program you
can also enjoy the health and beauty benefits of being
Michele Carelse is a Registered Clinical Psychologist
and Licensed Counselor with more than 15 years
experience. She runs her own private practice in Cape
Town, South Africa, as well as an online counseling and
information service at Native Remedies