Originally published June 27 2013
20 questions about smoking that will make you quit
by S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) Here are 20 questions that engage smokers and help them consider why they smoke cigarettes, just what they are really smoking, and why they can't quit. These questions are posed to students of the one-hour class "14AndOut," and then those answers are reflected upon and/or corrected by the teacher and inventor of the program, who reveals exactly how to quit in 14 days or fewer, naturally, without medications and without hypnosis. The 20 questions invite any and all smokers to think about the chemical knowledge associated with the addiction, consider the most common and popular behavior rituals to change, and finally to engage nutrition in order to "replace and replenish" a broken down digestive, breathing, and cleansing system, so you have energy and a positive outlook when you quit cigarettes for good.
The 20 question "smoking" trivia quiz1. Can you name five household chemicals in a cigarette? Most students guess three ingredients and then they are stuck; "Tobacco, paper, and um, um, nicotine?" Some typical guesses include pesticide and formaldehyde. One student even guessed fiberglass once. Little do most people know though, commercial cigarettes contain a whole boatload of dangerous products. That's why smokers call them cancer sticks. Cigarettes contain ammonia for super strength nicotine and plastic (cellulose acetate) to make it burn evenly, and glass wool (fiberglass filter), not to mention bleach and herbicide weed killer (GMO RoundUp). These chemicals combine to give smokers a chemical "hangover" which in turn feeds the "nic fit" (nicotine) relief for the anxiety caused by the 4,000 plus chemicals, namely the top five listed above. Here's a clip from the "Stop Smoking King" on YouTube: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Ua1YyCA5A).
2. Why are cigarettes white? Most students have no clue as to the answer to this simple question. Trees are brown. Paper comes from trees. Cigarettes are rolled in white, bleached paper. You are smoking bleach. Smokers need detoxification help when they quit, especially to get bleach and pesticide out of their cleansing organs, like their kidneys, their pancreas and their liver. You cannot live without these vital organs. Big Tobacco knows this. Nutrition is the "Yellow Brick Road" to freedom from the commercial cigarette chemical "hangover." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G7OZPmlyCM)
3. Besides nicotine, what makes cigarettes so addicting? Students often say "the nicotine," but they can't really explain why. Many smokers light up to get rid of their anxiety, but what's causing the anxiety? Some smokers light up to get some "drive," thought boost or a little hit of confidence, but why is their confidence lacking? The majority of smokers just smoke because they are stressed out about life and how to live it, but again, why can't they quit when things get "good?" The addiction isn't to nicotine, it's to relief from the central nervous system overload of heavy toxins that are trapped inside of tar, which is trapped inside both lungs, and the vicious cycle that ensues by smoking another "stogie."
4. How do tobacco leaves contain poison? Smokers can't answer this one. Most tobacco is GMO, genetically modified in a lab, so the bug killer and weed killer is put in the seeds, then grows INSIDE the plant, and so tobacco can also withstand more topical RoundUp and bug/worm killer, making commercial tobacco a pesticide bonfire of carcinogenic poison loaded up in every puff.
5. Why does it take up to 15 years for a cigarette filter to disintegrate? Peel apart a cigarette "butt" or filter and you will find what looks just like fiberglass insulation. That's right, this is glass "wool," not some sponge wrapped up tight. If it were just paper and say, cotton, it would break up and dissolve after a few rainstorms if left outside. These microscopic "glass" shards collect in the lungs and damage soft tissue called epithelial. Also known as ground glass opacity, it shows up on CT scans:
6. Why do cigarettes burn so hot, so evenly and never go out in heavy wind? One student answered "the nicotine?" Actually, cellulose acetate, used to manufacture photo film, is carefully cross weaved into the papers. That's one reason cigarettes don't go out in the wind, and they burn evenly, never trailing up one side. Consider also why cigarettes burn at 1700 degrees during inhale. Have you seen the movie "Inglorious Bastards?" Photo film is highly flammable. This is an "efficient nicotine delivery device" (ENDD is the acronym - appropriately). This means you're smoking plastic. This is not regulated.
7. What effect do all of the chemicals have on your body? Smoking pesticide, herbicide and insecticide, mixed with ammonia and bleach, is definitely asking for a bad habit you can't quit without help. Most smokers who quit cold turkey go back to smoking within six months due to the long depressing chemical "detox," add in that they don't know anything about nutrition, and the CDC programs don't offer any help in this arena. Organic, more alkaline foods and water are necessary for speedy recovery and "killing the urge" to smoke. Ask nutritionists about mucuna and maca powders! (http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/mucuna-pruriens.html)
8. Why do the pills, the patch, and nicotine gum fail so many? Nobody knows the answer to this one in the classes. To make a long story short, they are nothing like what a smoker is going through after quitting, or while quitting, and they don't wean you properly. The patch and the gum give you about 5 percent of the dose of nicotine commercial cigarettes provide, so the whole quitting system is flawed from the beginning. The pills can block your hormones and dopamine, leading to feelings of suicide. People don't usually like that.
9. What government agencies regulate the potency of nicotine? Nobody regulates it. That's part of the problem. Even if they did, they can't measure the real POTENCY of the nicotine after ammonia has been added to "free base" the vapor ready "nic fix." Have you ever read how many milligrams of nicotine you're getting? Take a look on the box and the carton, there's no information.
10. Why do cigarette manufacturers use ammonia when making cigarettes? For a faster hit! Ammonia-treated nicotine allows the nicotine fix to reach the heart and the brain within three SECONDS. This is why people like "certain brands" so much. Even e-cigs can keep someone addicted to nicotine, and sometimes MORE of it. The stimulant relieves the smoker of the chemical hangover - the HOOK. This goes highly unregulated.
11. Is your breathing pattern better when smoking? People say yes and no, but the real answer is yes. About 98 percent of smokers breathe a specific pattern when they inhale, hold, and exhale cigarette smoke, altogether different from their typical breathing pattern when not smoking. When people try to quit cigarettes, they quit this "ritual" which was relaxing them, even though the chemicals were pouring in. The breathing ritual is ignored, and this is a physical characteristic of withdrawal, the inability to relax, especially after meals (bad ones at that).
12. Do you have a hand to mouth habit? Absolutely you do. The typical pack has 20 cigarettes and figure 10 to 12 puffs per cigarette. A pack-a-day smoker puts his/her hand to their mouth, up and down, up to 250 times a day. A two-pack-a-day smoker is in a ritual of this up to 500 times a day. This must be replaced with water, raw nuts, superfood snacks and smoothies, organic chocolate, etc. There's plenty of quality supply at the NaturalNews store: (http://store.naturalnews.com/Superfoods_c_4.html)
13. Is smoking a form of meditation? Some answer yes and they're absolutely right. Most smokers either change their environment to smoke, like going outside, or they get away from certain people, or they join certain people to talk about whatever the nicotine rush helps them consider. Once the nicotine is replaced with proper nutrition and pH balance of the body, meditation is easier and can be your "best friend."
14. Why do most smokers enjoy a cigarette after meals? In the 1930s, Camel advertised that cigarettes help with digestion. They even showed doctors recommending their favorite brand, and one ad tells you to have one in between each course during Thanksgiving. The myth has lived and been perpetuated for nearly a century now. It's the breathing pattern that relaxes the smoker. Consider question 11 again here. Here's the unbelievable advertisement! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKMn-_aQoPk)
15. Is there any such thing as organic tobacco? Of course, but nobody has been educated about the benefits here. Forget about the patch, the pills, the gum, and wean yourself off the strong stuff naturally, without the chemicals. Buy organic tobacco and roll your own.
16. What is the art of breathing? Students usually say "I don't know" to this question. Some suggest yoga or meditation. Here's an easy "trick" that helps thousands quit. Put two fingers together as if you have a cigarette, and inhale, as if you were smoking, and hold for a second or two and then exhale as if you're blowing smoke. Do this every time you would have had a cigarette, and for as many repetitions too. Don't give up the breathing ritual!
17. Why do people often put on weight after they quit? There are many answers to this one. The most popular ones are the lack of the stimulant, depression, anxiety and general negativity, but the answer they don't give is nutrition. Most smokers have virtually given up on nutrition since smoking is obviously so bad for you, so when they quit, they don't change a thing. No wonder.
18. How can you learn to hate cigarettes if you like them now? You hear it all the time from smokers, "I hate these things!" So why don't they quit? It's because they really like the relief it gives them from smoking all that bug killer and weed killer, but they just don't know how to explain it. Smokers often fail to replace and replenish behaviors they like and organic food must come into play.
19. How will you deal with the urge and with stress when you quit? Students have no answer for this one. Nutrition is the key, but no smoking programs really ever mention it, much less FOCUS on it, except for 14AndOut, which recommends considering advice from nutrition experts and naturopathic physicians. Also, watching documentaries is great for momentum and easy guidance. Check out "Food Matters" and "Forks over Knives." (http://premium.naturalnews.tv/Food_Matters__NN.htm)
20. What's the main reason the pills don't work, but makes things worse? Medications like Zyban and Chantix have worked for some, but for most it's just horrific nightmares and heightened feelings of anxiety. That's right, the "side effect" of trying to quit with medicine is a heightened paranoia of exactly what has people smoking cigarettes all day in the first place. Needless worry, general depression, nervousness, sleeplessness, loss of libido, this is nothing new to smokers. Plus you now get a heightened risk of heart attacks! Who wants to shock that into mass effect next? Not too many. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032952_Chantix_heart_attacks.html)
Hey smokers, here's the 21st question you should be asking yourselfHow do I quit naturally, without medications, and stay smoke free for life? The Health Ranger, Mike Adams, introduces the concept and strategies of the 14AndOut program in a preview on NaturalNews TV and via a recorded Skype interview with the program's creator and teacher. Take a look into behavior modification and nutrition and live smoke free forever. Quitting smoking is personal. It is very emotional, physical and spiritual. You can become enlightened and make your life holistic and positive and move ahead with your goals. This is not just 20 questions about a habit. This is 20 answers for finding your ideal health again and living a long fruitful life. (http://www.14andout.com/)
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