Replacing the Word "Cigarette" with "Nicotine"

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Replacing the Word "Cigarette" with "Nicotine"

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

March 24th, 2001, 11:15 pm #1


Try Replacing the Word
"Cigarette" with "Nicotine"

We don't live for "cigarettes" any more than an alcoholic lives for an empty bottle or a heroin addict an empty needle. We lived for the drug inside, which in our case was nicotine. The cigarette, needle and bottle are simply drug delivery devices, with the cigarette and its more than 3,500 chemical particles and 500 gases being the dirtiest of all.

For far too long we've romanticized our cigarettes. Slick marketing, artistic packaging and an abundance of peer training in how to look soooooo cool while ingesting that next fix allowed our minds to elevate our dirty drug delivery device almost to hero worship status. Only in the past few decades have we come to learn that the intoxication level of a drug is not how addictiveness is measured. "Dependence" upon a drug is defined as how difficult it is for the user to quit, the drug's relapse rate, the percentage of people who eventually become addicted, the rating users give their own need for the substance and the degree to which the substance will be used in the face of evidence that it causes harm. Over the past two decades, study after study has concluded that nicotine generates greater drug "dependence" than heroin, cocaine or alcohol.

Isn't it time to stop romanticizing the cigarette? Isn't it time to awaken to the realization that convenience store marketing that pounded home the message that we had not yet lived, experienced real pleasure, tasted life's best flavor, rebelled, been true to ourselves, acted adult or stirred our senses until we'd smoked was bait?  Yes, the chemically enslaved mind reaches for excuses to explain being hooked.  Yes, the tobacco industry is more than happy to supply them.  But there is one reason we'll never see posted in any store.   One reason is missing.  The truth.  We didn't smoke nicotine because we liked it.  We did so because we didn't like what happened when we didn't smoke it.

Every two hours the amount of nicotine in our  bloostream declined by roughly half.  Trapped, we were bounced back and forth between insula driven anxieties, urges and craves for having waited too long, and replenishment dopamine "aaah" wanting relief sensations when tanking up.  An endless cycle of emotional beatings and rewards left us totally convinced that nicotine use defined who we were, gave us our edge, helped us cope and that life without it would be miserable.  We had no choice but to rationalize chemical captivity.  

Isn't it time to be honest with ourselves? Here is a little exercise that will hopefully help remove the emperors pure white wrapper to expose the master of servitude who resides inside. For just the next week, each time that your mind causes you to reach for the word "cigarette" (when thinking, speaking or writing) stop and replace it with the word "nicotine." If you do, I think you'll be shocked at some of the things that you were about to tell yourself.  What do you have to lose?  Give it a try!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Zep)
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Shelby (GOLD)
Shelby (GOLD)

March 24th, 2001, 11:59 pm #2

Hey there Zep!!!
I think you're right on the money with this one!

I've been using the word
"nicotine"
instead of
"cigarette"
in my head and while speaking to others
    since I started on this journey of Freedom..
Helps to remind me that I'm an addict,
a junkie...
And this is a serious drug, nicotine.
Have you thought about changing the title of this website
to more accurately reflect this very point?....
Sure, tobacco is the source of nicotine,
but there are other forms of delivery,
as we all are aware of....
Patches, gum, inhalers, etc...
Just a thought.....
Your Freedom Sis,
Shelby
Two months, 16 hours, 16 minutes and 44 seconds. 1193 cigarettes not smoked, saving $197.53. Life saved: 4 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes.
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Joel
Joel

March 25th, 2001, 12:48 am #3

Sorry Zep:

Didn't mean to bury your string here. Yes nicotine is the culprit of the addiction. I in fact advertise my single session seminars as "Nicotine Addiction Seminars." If I were starting from scratch today I might call my clinics Nicotine Addiction Clinics but people are really used to the Stop Smoking Clinic name so I don't want to cause an identity crisis of the program.

The one point I would like to add to this though is that while nicotine should get its focus of the attention for it is the addictive substance in tobacco, as well one of the major contributing factors for the heart disease implications, when being delivered by smoking a cigarette or any other form of smoked use, it is being accompanied by thousands of other chemical that have long and in many cases familiar names. If you were to go to the store to by them in pure form, they would have skull and crossbones on the labels, or, the store owner or chemistry shop would swiftly inform you that they don't have these products, and basically no one does because they are too dangerous to be bottled and allowed to be sold to the public. How many times have you seen warnings on chemical like this and then thought to yourself, "Gee, I wonder how I can deposit this stuff in my lungs and distribute throughout my body."

So look at cigarettes as a sum of their components. Nicotine is insideous because it has the ability to make you use it and all the other garbage that comes in cigarettes even though common sense tell you it is insane. See cigarettes in their entirety and your only logical choice will be to never take another puff!

Joel
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

March 25th, 2001, 1:08 am #4

I wish we could change the name Shelby as it would quickly become Freedom from Nicotine. MSN's community set-up doesn't allow it. When I picked Freedom's name on September 8, 1999, I was trying to think of a way to be inclusive of those hooked on chew, snuff and cigars as well. To be frank, my thinking hadn't yet evolved to the point of seeing nicotine as the sole substance responsible for my thirty years of serious self inflicted abuse. I knew that nicotine was addictive but I didn't yet see myself as an addict. It's a big step for each of us.

Joel is the reason that I started seriously digging into the literature. The closer I examined his "nicotine is the enemy" articles, the deeper I dug. I was doing my very best to put together a solid case that proved his philosophy was flawed. I was shocked! I didn't want to be a drug addict but if it were true then I had a right to know! It helped me to finally realize why that one little "puff" kept throwing me back to the "pack." Knowing that I'm just one puff away from full relapse doesn't reduce the complete comfort or deep sense of calmness that my new life has come to be - not one bit. It doesn't hurt at all to know what it will take for me lose my freedom and return to the world of smoke, fire, ash and decay. I feel liberated in just knowing.

Sorry to ramble Shelby! You made me think about history but it led me back to you! I wish that we could somehow share what we know with the 1.2 billion soles here on earth that are today dependent upon nicotine. If we had enough teachers I sincerely believe that we could cut their ranks in half within just a year. We're working on it, right Shelby! Bug Brotherly Hugs, Zep : )
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Linnee (Gold)
Linnee (Gold)

March 25th, 2001, 1:22 am #5

Yes, it's true. I am a nicotine addict, and the method I used to feed my addiction was smoking cigarettes. Whenever junkie thinking creeps up and I think about getting a fix, however, I only consider a cigarette. It never occurs to me to chew some nicotine gum or put on a nicotine patch. That's why Never Take Another Puff is my credo. Now that there has been no nicotine in my system for nearly 9 months, I know that that one puff would trigger my addiction, leading to 2 packs a day. Although I'm not going to try it, I wonder... if I chewed a piece of nicotine gum, would I become addicted to the gum? It's not worth the risk, but I doubt it. What might happen is that I'd crave a cigarette when my brain got the message that nicotine was back. I think that for me, the method of injesting my drug of choice will always be the cigarette, that the two cannot be separated. What do you think?

Linnee I have chosen not to smoke for eight months, three weeks, five days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 46 seconds. 10855 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,682.92. Life saved: 5 weeks, 2 days, 16 hours, 35 minutes.
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

March 25th, 2001, 1:40 am #6

I had a good quit going in the mid 70's (maybe a month) but decided that cigars were somehow different than cigarettes and they were. The smoke was just toooo strong and it would turn me green just trying. Well, believe it or not it wasn't long before I'd learned to inhale on a regular basis but I was getting far too much nicotine and went back to my smokes. As for becoming addicted to pure nicotine, thousands upon thousands of people are and I know a few of them right here in this small town. I understand that Don Imas, the I-Man on MSNBC in the mornings, has been addicted to the gum for over a decade now. You're right Linnee, it isn't worth finding out how we'd react, but the lastest drug manfacturing trend is toward getting smokers off of dirty cigarettes and onto the new clean nicotine candy that has been developed and is in testing now. What will they think of next!
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Patticake (Gold)
Patticake (Gold)

May 7th, 2001, 4:56 am #7

Hi Zep and Joel. I have really made an effort to replace the 'C' word with the 'N' word, but I am still learning to reprogram my thinking to learn that I was actually addicted to the 'N', the 'C' was merely the package the 'N' came in. You will be proud to know that I strive daily to replace the 'N' word with four of your world famous words which are 'NTAP'. I'am just being a little 'S' (silly) today. I guess it is all this oxygen I' am getting these days. Getting quite fond of all this good old fresh air I'am breathing. YQF @ 3m, 2w, 5d, and counting. Antonia
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 22nd, 2001, 3:09 am #8

In printing materials for my clinic next week I decided to give the entire program the name "Freedom from Nicotine!" It seemed so natural -
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF OF NICOTINE : )
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 16th, 2001, 10:55 pm #9

Did you know that 5% of tobacco's
weight is nicotine? Neither did I !



How is Nicotine Addiction Defined?

Abnormal Psychology's Definition

Brigham Young University



World Health Organization's Standard

World Health Organization



The American Standard





How Does Nicotine Addict Us?


Nicotine Junkies

The Why Files




Time Magazine




University of Arizona




How Addictive is Nicotine?


Relative Addictiveness of Drugs

New York Times, 1994




Associated Press, 1996




American Council on Science and Health, 2000




Reuters News on Royal College of Physicians, 2000






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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

December 21st, 2001, 1:59 am #10

We were once confident that water was just water!
In that nicotine is odorless and tasteless, now we just don't know!
If you have any friends who are ex-smoker, please be sure that they each know the law of addiction and fully appreciate the true power of nicotine. Believe it or not, many quitters successfully break free each year without appreciating how they were able to do so! I once had a quit like that myself! Many of us did!
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

February 19th, 2002, 10:21 pm #11

Learning to take our quit just one day, hour and crave at a time is probably the most important skill taught here at Freedom. Yesterday is history and tomorrow beyond our reach! When we put our heads on our pillows tonight, if we've remained 100% nicotine clean today then victory is complete and we should each sleep as champions!

But as Joel says, if we look at this quit as only being successful if we remain quit for our entire life, then the only time we'll ever feel a sense of victory is after we've died. Celebrate your Freedom and healing today! No nicotine just one day at a time! Patience! The comfort is awesome! Join us!
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

April 1st, 2002, 6:52 pm #12

The day that smoking changed from being a matter of choice to a mandatory endless requirement was the point of no return. What may have started as a brief rebellious experiment, an attempt to look more adult, or as a means to gain acceptance from others, was now a true, full blown and permanent chemical dependency. Scientists tell us it was then that we each altered our brains and that even if we are able to quit , break free and grow 100%comfortable in our new life as an ex-smoker, that we each remain on probation for the remainder of our lives, always just one puff away from relapse.

Knowing the law of addiction doesn't make the comfort that arrives, for all who remain patient, any less comfortable. In fact it can be comforting knowing exactly what it takes to stay free! There are no loopholes in the law of addiction. Yes, the "thought" of "just one" is a lie! Like Joel teaches us, the true measure of the tremendous power of nicotine isn't in how hard it is to quit but in the power of that one little puff and how easy it is relapse!

Be patient with your healing, just one day at a time! There are over one billion comfortable ex-smokers on earth and none of them were stronger than you! It doesn't take strength to quit but simply desire and an appreciation for the power of smoking just one puff of new nicotine! There is only one rule that we each must follow in order to remain free for life -NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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DebD (GOLD)
DebD (GOLD)

April 2nd, 2002, 11:52 am #13

THANK YOU, JOHN!
I appreciate you pulling this up. It's been kind of a rough day today, missing my old "friend", which I hadn't since I started my quit 12 plus days ago. I've been telling myself to just make it through today and tomorrow will be better. Having seen it written in your message # 14 has helped, I just had to see someone else say it. Thanks! DebD 12 DAYS 9HRS 56 MIN, 248 NOT SMOKED,SAVING $48.41, LIFE SAVED 20hrs 49min.
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mirigirl (silver)
mirigirl (silver)

May 31st, 2002, 3:07 pm #14

Seemed appropriate for today!
31ST MAY 2002
WORLD NO NICOTINE DAY!!
yqs mirigirl
another nicotine addict
free and healing
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 25th, 2002, 9:45 am #15



Together with the brain's right insula, our dopamine pathways are the mind's priorities teacher, pounding home the importance of species suvival events such as eating, drinking, reproduction, nurturing, group bonding and accomplishment. The problem is that by happenstance some external chemicals are able to take this brain circuitry hostage, some more than others. When it happens, the person is often left totally convinced that continuing use of the chemical is as important as eating. Food craves, nicotine craves. Food "aaah" sensations, nicotine "aaah" sensations. The enslaved mind becomes convinced that ending nicotine use will be akin to starving ourself to death. It isn't that the brain's pay-attention priority teaching circuitry isn't working exactly as designed. It did its job well. What went wrong was that the brain was fooled into activiting these pathways by arrival of an external chemical.

The beauty of the situation is that once the addict understands why stopping seems so frightening and hard that coming home can be one of the most amazing journeys they've ever made. Everything we did while under nicotine's influence can be done as well as or better as us! Why fear arriving at a day where we go the entire day and never once want to put nicotine into our body? It's a good thing, not bad. Isn't it time to stop being afraid. Embrace coming home, don't fight it!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 10th, 2002, 1:18 pm #16

Welcome to Freedom!

If you're new to Freedom and still a daily slave to nicotine, isn't it time to trade places and place your chemical dependency under arrest and behind bars! The key to the cell is the next puff of nicotine. Take it and you stay on that side of the bars. Don't take it and you're free for so long as you don't. Yes, you will have to go through that temporary chemical and psychological adjustment period called "quitting" but focus on the next few minutes and let an hour be your goal. Take the hours one at a time and let them serve and you focus and building blocks to glory! Celebrate that first hour! Celebrate the second hour! No crave lasts for more than three minutes so be sure and look at a clock. The next few minutes will always be doable and there is no place, event, emotion or circumstance on this planet that can force you to again smoke nicotine. Baby steps to glory! John : )
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 15th, 2003, 2:09 am #17

It's just a quick little exercise to maybe get you
thinking a bit more like a real drug addict instead
of focusing only upon the second word in the
plant's real name - nicotiana tabacum
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 2nd, 2003, 5:03 am #18

We don't smoke cigarettes any more than alcoholics drink bottles or heroin addicts inject needles. We're true chemical drug addicts and we smoke nicotine ... or, as indictated by the below story, may even stoop to drinking nicotine.

Florida Bar Concocts Nicotine Drink
Bar Markets Drink As Alternative To Smoking

POSTED: 3:22 p.m. EDT August 1, 2003


A new smoking ban in Florida may snuff out cigarettes in bars and restaurants -- but it's not cutting down on the appetite for nicotine.


In fact, as a result of the ban, a new cocktail was created: The Nicotini.


"When we first started out it was very, very strong," bar owner Larry Wald said.
It took a year of testing and tasting to create the concoction.


The Nicotini -- in regular and menthol -- was ready for routine consumption just as the smoking ban went into effect.


"We made an announcement, picked up all the ashtrays and said: 'Sorry there's no more smoking, but we have this.' And [we] bought everybody in the house a drink," Wald said.


The Nicotini is made by soaking tobacco leaves in vodka and then adding five different liqueurs to tame the tobacco flavor.


"You do get a nicotine buzz from this," an unnamed patron said.
But that "buzz" is what concerns some.


"It strikes me as potentially dangerous," lung specialist Dr. Glenn Singer said.
Singer's concern is that nicotine is a drug and, unlike over-the-counter patches and gum, there's no telling what dose you're getting in the Nicotini.


"When someone takes something like that, we don't know how it's going to react in that person," Singer said.


There are no laws against nicotine-infused cocktails, but Wald doubts anyone will overindulge.
"You're not going to drink 20 of these in a row because, obviously, you will get a stomach ache from the nicotine," Wald said.


And with smokers seeking an alternative to lighting up outside the bar, Wald hopes the Nicotini lets his customers know he cares.


"If you don't want to go outside to smoke a cigarette because you're having a good time, yes, I would stay inside for the drink," bar patron Steve Rosenberg said.

Copyright 2003 by
[url=mailto:balnews@theWBALchannel.com]TheWBALChannel.com[/url]. All rights reserved.
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

August 2nd, 2003, 8:01 am #19

That is nauseating. And very, very sad.
Sal
Six months, two weeks, six days of freedom from nicotine.
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Ms MonaGolden1
Ms MonaGolden1

August 2nd, 2003, 8:10 am #20

When I heard this story on the news, I couldn't believe my ears... Then I thought about how fortunate I am to not listen to the junky voices anymore. The sad fact is, that if my nicotine addiction was still active, I might consider trying one of those "stupid concoctions".


I'm glad to be free and healing.



YQS (6M,4W),

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johnny L irish
johnny L irish

February 20th, 2004, 11:17 am #21

Cigarettes are also very efficient. From what I understand, each one delivers about 10 hits outside at the communal ashtray. Since I smoked 30 a day, I needed to feed myself 300 times. Of course, when I started out, I only needed to feed myself maybe 60 or 70 times a day. Incredibly efficient and cost [deth]-effective over time. Always more, more, more. I'm glad to be rid of them.

Johnny
5D 21h 16m nicotine-free
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

July 23rd, 2004, 11:18 pm #22



I wish it was just a nasty little habit


Recognizing needs
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ChristyMay1977
ChristyMay1977

August 11th, 2005, 11:06 am #23

EWWWWW ~ How sick is that? ... I would like to think that I was ever THAT addicted as to drink my nicotine due to a smoking ban in bars... but sad fact is, that I more than likely was! GROSS
~*~ Grateful Every Single Day for my Freedom! ~*~
Kisses,
Christy xx
Breathing Easy Since April 11th 2005 ~ That's 121 days!
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forza d animo
forza d animo

February 13th, 2006, 11:31 pm #24

Be honest with yourself. That is why you are reading here and not at another forum.
The next time that you think to yourself , "I want a cigarette." Say it aloud instead, "I want some nicotine."
You may be surprised just how quickly it works to keep a passing thought from turning into a raving crave. Your focus will quickly return to what you have learned and keep you from pursuing some fantasy that only frustrates you.
Give it a try. It really works.

Joseph - 16 months
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Em B 12106
Em B 12106

February 15th, 2006, 6:28 am #25

Indeed it does, (almost) immediately... within seconds!

Em
Three weeks, two days, 19 hours, 20 minutes and 34 seconds. 357 cigarettes not smoked, saving $75.70. Life saved: 1 day, 5 hours, 45 minutes.
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