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"Most smokers enjoy a very small percentage of the cigarettes they smoke. In fact, they are really unaware of most of the cigarettes they smoke. Some are smoked out of simple habit, but most are smoked in order to alleviate withdrawal symptoms experienced by all smokers whose nicotine levels have fallen below minimal requirements. The cigarette may taste horrible, but the smoker has to smoke it. And because the majority of smokers are such addicts, they must smoke many such cigarettes every single day in order to maintain a constant blood nicotine level.
Don't fantasize about cigarettes. Always keep a clear, objective perspective of what it would once again be like to be an addicted smoker. There is no doubt at all that if you relapse to smoking you will be under the control of a very powerful addiction. You will be spending hundreds of dollars a year for thousands of cigarettes. You will smell like cigarettes and be viewed as socially unacceptable in many circles. You will be inhaling thousands of poisons with every puff. These poisons will rob you of your endurance and your health. One day they may eventually rob you of your life."
Watch them, study them, it's amazing what you'll learn. In a social setting you can almost see their triggers at work as they tank up early and often. If they've been deprived of nicotine for any length of time watch their expression with that first powerful puff and how long it takes to arrive in the brain (8 seconds). You can almost sense their relief as they waited too long.
Endless compliance with nicotine's two-hour chemical half-life, a host of triggers that include being with other smokers (teen peer pressure having grown old), joy, sadness, boredom, watching anger during story telling quickly generate acids that neutralize reserves of the alkaloid nicotine, alcohol generating acids and doing the same based upon the amount consumed, and all their urges and craves are mandatory or they'll soon find themselves going through withdrawal.
You are watching drug addiction at work, us not so long ago. How many of the smokers you see have any idea whatsoever of why they really smoke, of the law of addiction, or know nicotine's half-life inside their body or how long it would take for their body to be free of nicotine and 90% of its metabolites? How many of them appreciate why those first couple of cigarettes in the morning were always the best (3 to 5 nicotine half-lifes and their nicotine reserves level somewhere down around their socks)? How many of them know the maximum length of time that a subconscious crave episode will last (less than three minutes) or that time distortion is almost universial nicotine dependency recovery symptom?
If you asked them how they'd measure success at quitting, how many of them would pick the biggest bite possible (quitting for life) instead of a manageable and realistic measurement (full and complete success one day at a time)? How many of them have any idea how their brain became addicted or that nicotine's half-life now dictates flow of neurochemicals generating unearned rewards, altering mood or when their body will prepare for fight or flight (adrenaline)?
Nicotine is just a chemical with an I.Q. of zero. It does not plot or conspire even in social settings. Knowledge is power. It's amazing what we can learn by looking at where we've been. Only one rule, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff! John
Here in the U.S. at least $11.2 billion in annual tobacco industry marketing (2001 F.T.C. data) creates an image that is in the opposite direction and as far from Joel's above graphic as the mind can possibly image. A lifetime of viewing, that marketing has had an amazing impact upon our entire society and has burned a lasting impression into each of us. Today, it is rare to find a location where you can buy gasoline in the United States without nicotine ads almost wrapping their arms around you.As we watch smokers smoke nicotine reflect upon where they are smoking, who they are with (are impressionable children watching, with other smokers or alone), what activity they're engaged in, where are they headed and how long they may be there (watch them carefully before heading into a store), where they've been and how long they've been without, or is stress or alcohol (acid producing events) depleting their body's reserves of the alkaloid nicotine at an accelerated pace.The amount of nicotine remaining in the human body is depleted by roughly half every two hours (it's half-life). By the time a smoker awakens after eight hours sleep their nicotine reserves are somewhere down around their socks. Watch the pack-a-day smoker **** down that first nicotine laden smoke of the day. Watch that first puff and their face as you can read nicotine arriving in the brain 8 to 10 seconds later and, through cascading, unlocking the flow of more than 200 neurochemicals within their brain and body.They quickly forgot what it was like when life not nicotine controlled their neurochemical flow. Addicted to a central nervous system stimulant they have little, if any, remaining memory of how calm, relaxed and quiet life once was capable of being. Only one rule to staying on this side of the bars and keeping my now arrested dependency on the other, no nicotine today John, Never Take Another Puff! John (Gold x5)