Nicotine addiction is not a simple fact.

You smoke because the nicotine you have been inhaling for all the years has changed

The urges come about because every puff on a cigarette sends a rapid nicotine " hit "

to the part of the brain that makes you do things, creating an association between the

These urges are triggered because nicotine has trained the part of the brain that gets

you to do things to light up a cigarette whenever you find yourself in a situation where

This helps answer a conundrum - why do smokers who don't smoke every day often

The nicotine in the cigarette has forged that link, so they get an unaccountable urge to

People think it must be psychological because it doesn't fit their model of how drugs

nothing for you - over 50% of smokers say they don't get any enjoyment from smoking,

and the chances of success when they stop bear no relation to how much they enjoy it.

Nicotine attacks the animal part of the brain that you don't have to have any conscious

awareness of; all your brain knows is that you're in a situation in which you normally

For every day you carry on smoking after your mid - thirties, you will lose an average

The moment you stop you start to recover life expectancy at a rate of 6 hours a day.

It doesn't matter how young or old you are, you'll always benefit from stopping today

It's not about keeping the levels topped up in your body so much as the link that's formed

When you try to stop gradually each remaining cigarette becomes more rewarding and

Breathing is a powerful tool in stopping smoking - research in the US looked at a part of

the brain called the Insular which might be linked to cigarette craving ( they found that

people who had suffered a stroke that had damaged the Insular tended to crave cigarettes

The Insular is important in controlling breathing - it has been proven that people who

your brain chemistry to create powerful urges to smoke.

Smokers are living an 18 hour day until they stop.

That means it's always urgent, but never too late.

did simple breathing exercises craved a cigarette less.

drug and the action.

find it hard to stop ?

of 6 hours of life.

you would normally smoke - drinking, alcohol, at a bus stop, driving, after a meal.

should work, but it isn't - it's because of the way nicotine acts on the brain.

You don't have to enjoy smoking to find it difficult to give up - it may do absolutely

It's best to stop abruptly - why ? - we must look at the way nicotine works.

Because they encounter situations in which they normally smoke.

The job of the conscious part of the brain is to find a way to counter that.

between smoking and the situation in which you find yourself smoking.


less ). light up a cigarette.

rather than tomorrow, or tomorrow rather than the day after.

creates a stronger link with the situation in which you smoke.

Hypnosis has also been called Behavioural Change Therapy, and these associations that nicotine makes are actually learnt behaviours, and they can be changed, thereby breaking the hold of the nicotine.

So, if you choose hypnosis to assist you in quitting smoking the chances are very good

that after just one session you will have the tools to overcome nicotine and its associations.