Cravings for Cigarettes and Nicotine Part 2 of 2.

Most smokers and ex smokers have experienced feelings of being hopelessly powerless, against the strength of their nicotine addiction and cravings for cigarettes. Cravings are an incredibly powerful, physiological symptom of addiction and one that invokes a pattern of continual relapse. Cravings are ultimately why, over a hundred million lives were lost last century, to the tobacco epidemic.
In this clip, I talk about how smokers wanting to quit, needn’t feel powerless or hopeless, and explain why I think, that with the aid of knowledge, awareness and your ability maintain control over your environment, you can better manage and influence, the outcome of your heal.

Click HERE for PART 1.

Further Reading.
Manage Your Cravings.
Know Your Addiction Tutorials.
Difference Between Want and Craves.



  1. Hi
    I’ve been smoking for 20 years and over that time, I have tried every method to try and quit smoking but have always relapsed.
    For the past 3 years, I have had health problems which has given me limitations.
    I have not been able to work, I have said no to countless social events, I have not been able to be the best mother to my beautiful daughter, I have had appointment after appointment and I have spent most of the past 3 years in bed due to illness.
    This year, I finally received the right help, support and treatment.
    I then made a CHOICE to give my body the best fighting chance it can to survive.
    Let’s face it, there is so much pollution in the air, chemicals in products that we use and preservatives in the foods we eat, our bodies were not made for all these unnatural things.
    I decided to help my body get stronger and better and I decided to quit smoking.
    I’m now on day 6 of the quit4good program.
    It’s an all natural, nicotine free oral strip program. At first I was reluctant because I thought how is an all natural product going to be strong enough to curb this addiction but so far it’s working.
    In addition to the strips, I have found myself practicing deep breathing throughout the day. I remember reading that when we smoke, that inhale/exhale of the cigarette makes us think that it is the cigarette that is calming us down when in fact it’s not the cigarette but the breathing that is making us relaxed.
    So I have to remember to breathe.
    I’ve also read that a craving lasts 2-3 minutes. When I am craving, I try to remind myself that I need to persevere, stay in it and wait it out!!
    Knowing that the craving will pass, helps me a lot. I use this internal dialogue.
    I also read that I need to drink plenty of water and eat full meals. (I’m the type who skips meals or eats chips for breakfast and cereal for dinner) retraining my body to eat proper meals throughout the day is so important for me.
    If I can eat good meals, then I won’t get confused with a craving for a smoke and a craving for food.
    I’ve been quite sick this past week with widrawal. Shaking/tremors, hot and cold sweats, nausea, extreme fatigue, headaches and dizziness are the main symptoms I’ve had.
    I stayed in bed watching all sorts of movies to keep my mind occupied. I’ve left a lot of my tasks to do when I feel better. I will not push myself at this time, but instead try to love myself a bit more. Rest has been very important for me at this time.
    I’m also talking a lot of vitamins!
    Magnesium is great for calming down the nervous system!!! I use the powered one. I find it stronger than the capsules and I can feel instant relief.
    A glass of cold milk also has a similar affect on me in calming me down.
    I don’t like exercise but stretching and doing simple exercises in a hydrotherapy pool is part of my rehabilitation and it is one of the most relaxing places I could think of.
    Also a warm bath with Epsom salts is very good for relaxation.
    I had to ask the family for support. I asked my brother to hide his cigarettes in case I go on a mad rampage due to cravings.
    My daughter is sooooo happy and she has been such a support to me at this time.
    I’m thankful for this website!!!!
    And I’m thankful for every day God gives me!!!!
    I’m thankful I am another day without a smoke!!!!
    All the best to you all 🙂

    • Kathleen , I hope you are still stopped smoking, you certainly have good reasons to continue , I gathered from your post
      I have been stopped now for just 3 weeks but feel better already, being able to breathe better and not waking up at horrid hours coughing and gasping.
      I was diagnosed with COPD hence stopping was essential for me. I would never ever have stopped without Champix tablets, believe in USA they’re called Chantix. We are lucky as they come free through a clinic I visit once per week in the UK.
      I have not had any nasty side effects, and only drink half pint of full fat Jersey milk as food before taking tablet. Works a treat. So if you have relapsed Kathleen then I would recommend these. Best of luck in the stop dept, and certainly hope you are still nicotine free.

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