Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
by Thom Bush
on 17 April 2015
Smoking under arrest

We often here or see children holding up a poster on facebook, saying that if they get so many likes their daddy will quit smoking and I guess some do; but most won't! Why is that?

The reasons behind the failure, for the want of a better word, is not one of deceipt or a general untruth; daddy really meant it! The reason is to do with the psychological drivers that made him start in the first place. In its simplest form, smoking is a survival strategy. That's right, while all the medical and personal knowledge is telling you the exact opposite, deep down your subconscious links smoking to survival!

I recall watching one of the WWII Band of Brothers Episodes, Carwood Lipton and George Luz just escaped death when a Nazi shell landed outside their bunker but didn't explode! George, with great relief, lit up a cigarette and Lipton took it from him. George said, "I didn't know you smoked," Lipton said, "I don't"! That was a really powerful example of a trauma based smoking link of survival; albeit subsconsciously created. Lipton later died around 2002 with a lung related disorder.

Another example, a lonely person who, reaching smoking age, gives cigarettes out at a socail gathering and through that interaction creates very long lasting friendships. A possible subconscious link is, that without smoking he'd have no friends. Another example is someone who you admire or love, your father, an uncle or close friend etc. You see this person being liked by lots of people, the centre of attraction, the life and soul of the party, the psychological link is obvious; he's like that becasue he smokes! Illogical, yes indeed; but that is the nature of how the subconscious mind works. It is also the main reason why Daddy won't quit; no matter how many likes his little angel gets!

Now I'm not saying he won't quit at all and for sure some will and  it will last; but most either won't quit at all or it just won't last. The most empowering way to quit smoking forever, is to have a really strong personal reason. Like the guy who has a heart attack and the Dr. says, "you were lucky; this time". He will almost definitely quit and for good. The reason being, that his mind just got the wake up call it needed to the real danger of smoking. In a certain way the subconscious is very selfish and it will act more conscientiously towards self survival that it will daughter pressure.

Hypnosis is a proven and effective way to achieve your stop smoking goals. This is simply because, in hypnosis the reality of the heart attack or cancer scare can be effectively created in the mind and once achieved, can rewrite the neural code that creates the desire, nay need, to smoke! Once rewritten, this new code becomes permanent and most often without any withdrawal or urge to smoke again.

For another psycholigical perspective on smoking cessation, here is an interesting article by the British Psychological Society