Nicotine, maybe you are not an addict
In the June of 1945 millions of habitual tobacco users were reduced to the rank of drug addicts by a Dr Lennox Johnston a Glasgow GP who had his observations published in the lancet. Their drug of choice was Nicotine.
This article was based on the observed effects of 35 habitual smokers, after being injected with nicotine whenever they felt the need to smoke tobacco. Pharmaceutical companies have since made billions of pounds annually, selling this insecticide for human consumption, which is commonly known by smokers as NRT, Nicotine replacement therapy. So eager to supply this poison, millions of pounds are spent in research to find alternative methods of supplying nicotine which can now be delivered using patches lozenges, gum or inhalers, all in varying strength’s and by adding “requires willpower” on the packaging, avoiding any need for proof of its efficacy
When Dr Johnston published his article, he visited the idea of drug dependency and addiction on every habitual smoker. However, what you will read here may start to change the way you think and feel about your smoking habit forever.
Is it possible that nicotine is not as addictive as we are told it is?
Question, if nicotine is an additive drug why is there no illicit trade in, Nicotine patches and gum as there is in heroin, ecstasy, cannabis or other recreational drugs.
Question, if nicotine is therapeutic, why is nicotine not prescribed to those suffering with stress and anxiety problems in its clean and clinical form.
Our adolescent tobacco smoking moves quietly from what possibly begins as an act of defiance, bravado, peer group acceptance or any of the many other unique and individual reasons, which were important when we were younger. As we become young adults tobacco use becomes a social activity, finishing up as the habit we now call smoking. The coughing spluttering nausea and dizziness when we first start smoking and inhaling is just what we have to learn to put up with to be one of the gang. Because being a young smoker means acceptance, confidence, status, identity and whatever else you want it to be.
Interestingly no smoker that I have ever met started smoking just to try nicotine for its effect, there were much more important reasons to smoke cigarettes.
When we get older the idea of nicotine being an addiction means it’s not my fault it absolves the smoker of responsibility and very neatly transfers responsibility onto the nicotine. This makes a ready and willing marketplace for NRT. However would we be seen as professional to use the same logic and prescribe chocolate to a chocoholic or provide prescription television for those who think they are addicted to their favourite programmes, still using that same logic why not burgers on the NHS for obesity. You may remember as a defence for infidelity Michael Douglas was said to be addicted to sex, you can imagine the doctor writing out his prescription
“to be taken several times a day” I bet Catherine was delighted.
Can you picture the bike sheds at school teenagers and the nicotine gum, how could the conversation go?
“Got any gum mate” “nah just chewed my last piece” “give us a couple of chews on yours I got double maths next”.
Teachers would be asking pupils to roll up their sleeves in search of forbidden nicotine patches and giving double detention for sucking a nicotine lozenge during gym. There is no devilment or challenge no danger in patches gum or inhalers. For the average teenager the gratification is not the smoking it is the not getting caught smoking. Every week hypnotherapist’s all over the country help smokers through their smoking habit in all its many parts, to walk away from the smoking habit with no withdrawal or cravings.
If you have ever wanted to be a non-smoker this will demonstrate how close you already are. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day and it takes 4 minutes to smoke the average cigarette that is only 1 hour 20 minutes smoking. You will not be constantly drawing in the cigarette smoke; it is between your fingers, in the ashtray, hanging from the corner of the mouth.
Being generous you will only smoke about 1 third of a cigarette so you spend less than 30 minutes a day actually smoking out of a possible 1,440 not even 3% of your day, With just a little bit of effort doing something else for half an hour you would be a non smoker.
Using independent research Hypnosis is proved repeatedly to be the most effective method of becoming a non-smoker, but is passed over by the NHS preferring to offer a drug with all of its associated side effects. According to their own figures in 2008/9 the NHS spent £140,885,697 with limited success treating 135,978 smokers annually with an insecticide, for what was an adolescent desire to be one of the gang, which just got out of control.
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Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.HypApril 17th, 2018