Smoking: Habit or Addiction

Do you consider smoking a bad habit or an addiction?

It can be both. There is a chemical addiction to smoking. When you first start smoking your body gets used to the nicotine and it can start to miss the nicotine as the levels in your body drop when you stop smoking. This can give rise to cravings as your body tries to restore the balance.

After smoking a cigarette the nicotine levels in the blood fall by a half after about 30 minutes, and a quarter after about an hour (which is why most people smoke about 15-20 a day). As soon as nicotine levels drop to a certain amount the smoker feels withdrawal symptoms.

There is no physical pain in nicotine withdrawal, it’s an empty, restless feeling that something is missing. This is the nicotine addiction part of smoking. The nicotine addiction is not that strong, it doesn’t wake a smoker up in the middle of the night. Most smokers can go for a number of hours without smoking if they know they have to. Many smokers take long flights without climbing the walls.

The main reason people smoke is the way they think about smoking. Some people have beliefs that they get some benefit from smoking, “it relieves stress and relaxes me”, “it’s an excuse to get a break from my desk”. Many smokers have fears that stopping smoking will deprive them from something. It’s easy to fear that life will never be quite as enjoyable, “will I be able to enjoy a night out without being able to smoke?”

Challenge what you believe.

Everyone has seen people, images, advertising that gives us ideas about smoking. It can be associated with being glamorous, sexy, sophisticated, cool, rebellious, intellectual and pleasurable. It can be your support in times of need, your escape, your celebration or commiseration. There is a chemical addiction to smoking but it’s very small. As a habit smoking is kept going by the ideas, images and beliefs we hold. We can change our beliefs, change the ideas and associations we have with smoking. Once you change the way you think about smoking it becomes easy to control. Click here to find out more

TESTIMONIALS

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve finaly achieved that 9st goal! Since I had the sessions with you I’ve been much more determined and focused on achieving my goals
LD
I’ve really benefited from our few sessions; this is the first time I have ever felt any form of therapy has been useful and I would like to thank you.
JW
I have never had hypnotherapy before so was a bit nervous about the session at first until speaking to you, you really made me feel comfortable and at ease.
Rita
I have dropped a dress size, Sue is doing great she has lost nearly four stone goes to the gym with me and looks good..
Jo
I felt calm and collected – much better than previous experiences! Thank you.
E

Testimonials appearing on this site are individual experiences, reflecting real life experiences of those who have been treated by myself. However, they are individual results and results do vary. I do not claim that they are typical results that consumers will generally achieve. The testimonials are not necessarily representative of all those who will use hypnotherapy.

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Do you consider smoking a bad habit or an addiction?

It can be both. There is a chemical addiction to smoking. When you first start smoking your body gets used to the nicotine and it can start to miss the nicotine as the levels in your body drop when you stop smoking. This can give rise to cravings as your body tries to restore the balance.


After smoking a cigarette the nicotine levels in the blood fall by a half after about 30 minutes, and a quarter after about an hour (which is why most people smoke about 15-20 a day). As soon as nicotine levels drop to a certain amount the smoker feels withdrawal symptoms.


There is no physical pain in nicotine withdrawal, it’s an empty, restless feeling that something is missing. This is the nicotine addiction part of smoking. The nicotine addiction is not that strong, it doesn’t wake a smoker up in the middle of the night. Most smokers can go for a number of hours without smoking if they know they have to. Many smokers take long flights without climbing the walls.


The main reason people smoke is the way they think about smoking. Some people have beliefs that they get some benefit from smoking, “it relieves stress and relaxes me”, “it’s an excuse to get a break from my desk”. Many smokers have fears that stopping smoking will deprive them from something. It’s easy to fear that life will never be quite as enjoyable, “will I be able to enjoy a night out without being able to smoke?”

Challenge what you believe.

Everyone has seen people, images, advertising that gives us ideas about smoking. It can be associated with being glamorous, sexy, sophisticated, cool, rebellious, intellectual and pleasurable. It can be your support in times of need, your escape, your celebration or commiseration. There is a chemical addiction to smoking but it’s very small. As a habit smoking is kept going by the ideas, images and beliefs we hold. We can change our beliefs, change the ideas and associations we have with smoking. Once you change the way you think about smoking it becomes easy to control. Click here to find out more

TESTIMONIALS

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve finaly achieved that 9st goal! Since I had the sessions with you I’ve been much more determined and focused on achieving my goals
LD
I’ve really benefited from our few sessions; this is the first time I have ever felt any form of therapy has been useful and I would like to thank you.
JW
I have never had hypnotherapy before so was a bit nervous about the session at first until speaking to you, you really made me feel comfortable and at ease.
Rita
I have dropped a dress size, Sue is doing great she has lost nearly four stone goes to the gym with me and looks good..
Jo
I felt calm and collected – much better than previous experiences! Thank you.
E

Testimonials appearing on this site are individual experiences, reflecting real life experiences of those who have been treated by myself. However, they are individual results and results do vary. I do not claim that they are typical results that consumers will generally achieve. The testimonials are not necessarily representative of all those who will use hypnotherapy.

  OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday9am - 9pm
Saturday9am - 4pm
SundayCLOSED

  LOCATION

  07505459467

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About the Author:

Barry Langton (dip. Hyp) (GHR Reg.) (cert NLP) BSc (Hons) and I am a clinical hypnotherapist in Nottingham. I’m qualified, fully registered and insured. Connect with me on Google+

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