Any Cigarette Smokers Can Quit

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Although it is obviously evident that smoking cigarettes is addictive, many people hold on to a throttling belief that the reason it is difficult to kick the habit is solely due to nicotine. If nicotine addiction were the only problem to overcome in quitting cigarettes, kicking the habit would be easy. Since it only takes three days to free the body of nicotine, most people would agree it is a very short period of time to spend with withdrawal discomforts in exchange for need or desires to be smoke free.

The crucial matter at hand is to realize a smokers addictive habit is like a two edged sword. As the body is getting it's fix off of each puffed nicotine drag, the brain is sending building blocks of neuron messages to support the habits regularities. Getting beyond nicotine fixes are the easiest part to quitting because the brain keeps sending these neuron messages to the body long after nicotine is out of the bloodstream. Those messages keep urges to smoke habitually alive. This can go on for a very long time after nicotine is depleted from the system.

This type of brain activity is not just for the smoking habit, but it is how the brain communicates to the body in forming and dismantling all habits. Which is always great to know in forming new and improving habits, but not so great in forming bad habits like smoking. Especially since the longer you indulge in a habit the more you may find yourself having to break down some pretty strong well established neurological walls.

                       
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The following is a snippet from a News piece written by Cathryn M. Delude for MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the year 2005

"Bad habits, though, can have a
viselike grip on both mind and behavior.
Notoriously hard to break, they are devilishly
easy to resume, as many reformed
smokers discover.
A new study in the Oct. 20 issue of
Nature, led by Ann Graybiel of MIT's
McGovern Institute, now shows why.
Important neural activity patterns in a specific
region of the brain change when habits
are formed, change again when habits
are broken, but quickly re-emerge when
something rekindles an extinguished habit"

While this may seem like bad news, there is actually good news in understanding how the brain functions in relationship to habits. Although the brain automatically develops neurological functions to support repetitive activity, it also stops sending neuron signals in time as we keep focus on repetitive attention in stopping a habit. So the old saying of, you don't fail until you give up, proves true in the case of habits. Habits are both formed and eliminated inevitably as consistency have the brain completing it's way in function.

In relationship to dealing with quitting cigarettes, many people experience difficulties in quitting because when they continue to feel urges to smoke long after the nicotine is out of their system, they begin to feel they are a hopeless case and can't quit. An informative scientific approach to quitting may not supply an overpowering ability to quit cold turkey, but it helps to keep trying and never give up when you realize the same law that applies to neurological brain developments of habits applies to letting go of habits too. This eliminate the guess work as to weather one is able to finalize quitting for good.

In controlling the ability to kick the habit from a neurological point, it may be easier for a smoker to focus on the habitual practice first and let go of the drug addiction later. This would be where nicotine patches, gums and other nicotine substitutes come in handy. Other approaches to neurological changes like affirmations, repetitive remedies, behavioral shifts, and hypnosis can be applied with more direct effectiveness to the source of the problem. Simple shifts in awareness turn wishful thinking and hopeful approaches into undeniable belief and definiteness of purpose.

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