Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

STOP SMOKING IN ONE OFFICE VISIT!

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT ADDICTED TO SMOKING, ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  1. Is the first cigarette in the morning the most satisfying?
  2. Do you smoke more than 3 cigarettes a day?
  3. Do you smoke more since you switched from a regular cigarette to a “low tar and nicotine” brand?
  4. Do you smoke in forbidden areas?

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO STOP SMOKING?

Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine, like other drugs, has both physiological (biochemical) and psychological (habit) addiction components.

Success in stopping any addictive process involves first the physiological withdrawal, then the breaking of the psychological habit on a permanent basis.

Physical Addiction

Nicotine in cigarettes displaces certain neurotransmitters (i.e. acetylcholine) throughout the body and brain. With the physical addiction to nicotine, the habitual smoker builds up a tolerance and then a dependency upon nicotine. After a time, the addicted smoker needs to smoke just to feel normal. Addiction to nicotine causes an excessive buildup of acetylcholine in the brain. When a smoker stops “cold turkey”, the sudden and then continued release of this built-up acetylcholine contributes to the withdrawal symptoms of nervousness, irritability, cold sweats, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, cravings, etc. Importantly, nicotine is only one of nearly 100 toxic poisons in cigarettes. Other poisons include: cyanide, arsenic, DDT, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, etc. A drop of nicotine is potent enough to kill instantly; the smoker is constantly taking in tiny doses. When a smoker inhales, blood pressure goes up, capillaries constrict, acid is released in the stomach, and, at one pack a day, the smoker cuts off as much as 10% of the overall oxygen intake to the body. Smoking often makes a person more nervous and edgy, because of the delayed stimulation and pumping of adrenaline, which usually occurs as the cigarette is being extinguished.

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop labeled nicotine and cigarettes “more addictive than heroin and the worst addiction in the United States.”

Psychological (Habit) Addiction

What will I do instead of smoking? What will I do with my hands? What will I do after a meal? These are common concerns; however, these issues will be handled as non-smoking behavior is reinforced through repetition into non-smoking habit! Smoking will replace itself with nonsmoking behavior through consistent reinforcement. B.F. Skinner, the “Father of Behavioral Psychology”, states that it often takes 21 times of consistent, consecutive repetition of a behavior under typical circumstances, for that behavior to begin to become a habit. We learn to smoke; we had to make ourselves smoke because coughing and much unpleasantness often accompanied the first experiences. We can learn not to smoke and not to want to smoke.

Our Simple Treatment

Our “Stop Smoke” treatment program consists of two tiny injections of acetylcholine antagonists that block the cerebral sites and stop the craving for nicotine by alleviating the withdrawal syndrome due to the excessive buildup and release of acetylcholine. These key, non-addictive medications have a higher binding affinity than nicotine at the nicotinic nerve receptors in the brain. The injections are followed by several weeks of oral medications. Initially, the treatment takes an average of two hours in the practitioner’s office.

Success Rate

The Stop Smoke treatment has an initial success rate of between 85-90%; at the end of a year, this same percentage of participants report that they feel the program was successful and exceeded their expectations! Retrospective studies indicate that a year later, this method is many times more successful than nicotine gum and patches, as well as any other stop smoking treatment program!

Testimonials for the “Stop Smoke” Program

“Stop Smoke was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. If you really want to stop smoking, this is the only place to come. And you can bet your life on it!”
— Whoopi Goldberg, Los Angeles, CA

“I used the Stop Smoke treatment over 5 years ago, and I haven’t touched a cigarette since.”
–Sasson Rejewan, Sherman Oaks, CA

“After twenty-plus years of smoking, I didn’t think it could be so easy. More people should try it – it’s the best money I have ever spent.”
–Bette Stevens, Huntington Beach, CA

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