Saturday, March 23, 2013


Herbal cigarettes can be effectively used to quit smoking, because they lack one key ingredient - NICOTINE.   There are many brands of herbal smokes on the market today, but true herbal cigarettes do not contain any tobacco products and thus do not contain nicotine.

If you are one of those people that can not seem to make it past the first 10 minutes of your first day of quitting smoking without caving in and buying a pack down at the local store, you may want to consider using herbal cigarettes as an alternative method to give up smoking.

Remember, you are not addicted to cigarettes, and you are not addicted to smoking.   Smoking cigarettes does only one thing, it delivers nicotine to your body, and it does it quickly.  You smoke because you are addicted to nicotine and when you inhale your cigarette, the nicotine reaches your brain in about 8 seconds.  Smoking a cigarette is the fastest way to deliver nicotine to your brain.

Now lets say you never started smoking, your body would not crave nicotine, and you would see no pleasure in sucking on the end of a cigarette and inhaling smoke into your lungs.  You would think it is a vile practice that makes no sense, which is what non smokers see when they witness someone smoking.  But alas, you were stupid like me and taught yourself the great pleasure of nicotine addiction.

So lets examine herbal cigarettes and how they can work to reduce your craving for nicotine and eventually remove your desire to smoke altogether. 

Herbal cigarettes typically contain a blend of herbs such as mint, cinnamon, tea leaves, ginseng, cloves and various other non tobacco products.  They are blended together and placed in rolling  paper similar to that of a regular cigarette and most will even have a filter which is the same as the one found on your regular cigarettes.  But remember, there is no tobacco and no nicotine in herbal cigarettes.

You can find herbal cigarettes online or at most tobacco stores.  Generally they are not sold at your typical convenience or grocery store.

Once you get your pack of herbal cigarettes you are ready to smoke.  They will light up just like your regular cigarette, and will last about the same amount of  time.  Warning - you will not receive the same sensation that you will when you smoke a regular cigarette because herbal cigarettes do not contain nicotine.  You will enjoy the basic sensation of inhaling smoke into your lungs and blowing it out.  You will quickly realize that there is nothing pleasurable about this act.  But keep in mind, each herbal cigarette you smoke will bring you closer to quitting smoking because you will not be feeding your body nicotine and you will actually be in the process of removing nicotine from your body.  Once you remove nicotine from your body you will be able to make rational decisions because you will no longer be a drug addict.  Typically if you do not ingest any nicotine for 72 hours, you will have removed all nicotine from your system.

If you are going to attempt to quit using herbal cigarettes, commit to only smoking herbal cigarettes for at least a week.  Do not cheat and slip in a regular cigarette now and again because you will just recreate the addiction you are trying to break.   Even one puff a regular cigarette will give you enough nicotine to become a full fledged addict again.

A few warnings regarding herbal cigarettes.  They are in no way healthier than regular cigarettes, you are still inhaling smoke into your lungs, and carbon monoxide.  You are still taking in tar which is not healthy.    But believe me, if you break this addiction to nicotine, you will not crave an herbal cigarette or any other kind of cigarette.  You just have to get past the hurdle of nicotine addiction.

I am a strong believer in quitting smoking cold turkey because it is the fastest way to remove nicotine and the psychological addiction to smoking.  The act of smoking, even a herbal cigarette, will continue to remind you of smoking and the mental process of quitting will certainly take longer.   But for those of you who have tried everything, who can't seem to make it a minute without reaching for a cigarette, this is certainly worth trying.

Good luck to you, and I hope that at least one person is able to quit smoking using this method.

Check out our new Quit Smoking forum!!! You can talk with others trying to quit smoking. Great place for support or to give some support to new quitters.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


When you quit smoking, you have to have strong convictions about why you want to stop smoking.  Otherwise it is far too easy to give into the urges that will follow, especially in the first couple days.  Many people attempt to quit smoking and make it less than 2 hours because they forget why they wanted to quit smoking in the first place.  The voice inside their head tells them they want a cigarette and they listen.

There are so many reasons why you want to quit smoking.  Those reasons are powerful and they are real.  There is not one good reason to continue smoking.    It does not cure boredom rather it creates it.  It does not relieve stress, rather it creates it.  It does not relax you, rather it inhibits relaxation.  The only thing a cigarette does is make you want another cigarette, in about 30 minutes.

Below are 100 good reasons to quit smoking.  There are literally thousands of reasons to stop, these are only a few.  Try to write your own list and see how long you can make it.


  1. Your breath will smell better
  2. You will breathe easier
  3. Your teeth will be whiter
  4. You will have less wrinkles
  5. You will be free from addiction to nicotine
  6. You will never experience nicotine withdrawal again
  7. Your risk of dying from smoking will decrease immediately
  8. You will save a ton of money - about $3000/year for a pack a day smoker
  9. You won't have to go outside in places that smoking isn't allowed any longer - which is everywhere
  10. You will see your children grow old
  11. You will see your Grandchildren grow old
  12. You will sleep better
  13. You will have more energy
  14. You will be more calm and relaxed
  15. You will be able to run a marathon (if you wish)
  16. You will significantly lower your risk of lung cancer
  17. Your food will taste so much better
  18. Your coffee will taste better
  19. You will stop snoring
  20. You will have an extra 3 hours a day that you currently waste smoking
  21. You will be a good role model for kids
  22. You won't have cigarette burns in your car or on your clothes
  23. Your health insurance premiums will go down
  24. Your life insurance premiums will go down
  25. Your cholesterol level will improve
  26. Your blood pressure will improve
  27. Your clothes will smell better
  28. You won't have those yellow stains on your fingers any longer
  29. You won't have to run out in the middle of the night to buy a pack of cigarettes
  30. Your chance of erectile dysfunction is much less or may go away completely when you  stop
  31. Your risk of  macular degeneration is  much lower
  32. You will be the envy of all your old smoking friends
  33. Your triglycerides will  go down
  34. Your chance of  dying in a fire is much lower
  35. Your chance of going bald will be lower
  36. Your skin will become moist instead of dry and wrinkled
  37. You won't have to stuff those cigarettes in your pocket when you go out
  38. You won't have to rush up after a meal and miss out on the dinner conversation
  39. You will think more clearly and your concentration will improve
  40. You will have an extra $100,000 if you don't smoke for the next 20 years and invest that money
  41. You will not help the evil tobacco companies make money
  42. You will no longer have to sit up at night worrying about whether you have contracted a deadly smoking related disease
  43. If you are a closet smoker, you will not have to live a lie any longer
  44. You will be far more productive at work without having to take a smoke break every hour
  45. Your car insurance will decrease
  46. You will have zero chance of contracting brueggers disease (a circulatory disease that only affects smokers)
  47. Your bones will be stronger and you will lessen your chance of getting osteoporosis
  48. You will have far less phlegm in your throat and in your head
  49. Your fitness level will improve and your  body will start to transform
  50. You will become much more
  51. You will no longer litter the earth with cigarette butts
  52. You will no longer subject innocent non smokers to hazardous chemicals from your cigarettes
  53.  You will no longer pollute the air on this earth
  54. You will feel more confident about yourself
  55. You won't lose your teeth (smokers have a much higher risk of tooth decay and loss)
  56. Your house won't smell like a stale ashtray any longer
  57. Your car won't smell like a stale ashtray any longer
  58. Your trade in value of your car will increase
  59. You could afford a nice car with the money you will save on cigarettes
  60. You can go to a baseball game and watch the whole game without getting up to smoke a cigarette
  61. You can travel without the fear of not smoking for hours at a time
  62. You can help others quit smoking once you quit
  63. You will not get COPD or Emphysema - a fate worse than death
  64. Your circulation will greatly improve - almost immediately
  65. You will no longer be a drug addict
  66. You will be far less anxious than when you smoked
  67. You will live an average of 15 years longer than a smoker
  68. Your risk of  oral cancer will be much lower
  69. Your risk of throat cancer will be much lower
  70. Your risk of getting a heart attack will be reduced immediately
  71. You will no longer be a regular at the local convenience store
  72. You will not get sick as often
  73. The dopamine levels in your brain will return to normal
  74. Smoking increases your chances of getting diabetes (cigarettes contain large amounts of sugar)
  75. Smoking increases your chances of getting Alzheimer's
  76. Your baby will be born healthier
  77. Smoking increases your risk of acid reflux disease
  78. Smoking increases your chances of getting pancreatic cancer
  79. Your chance of getting arthritis increases when you smoke
  80. Attention women - your chance of breast cancer increases when you  smoke
  81. You will increase your chances of getting pregnant if you quit smoking
  82. Cigarettes contain 4000 hazardous chemicals, 30 of which are known to cause cancer
  83. 500,000 people  in the United States die each year from smoking
  84. 50,000 people die each year from 2nd hand smoke
  85. The walls in your home will no longer be yellow - once you quit smoking and paint
  86. You won't get that raspy smokers voice
  87. You won't need that oxygen tank in a few years
  88. Your sex drive will improve
  89. Your immune system will improve
  90. Your hair will have more moisture
  91. You won't have to freeze in the snow or rain to smoke a cigarette
  92. You  can keep the windows up in your car
  93. Your energy levels will greatly improve
  94. Smoking makes you look older than you are
  95. You will get rid of that hacking cough
  96. Smoking around children can increase their risk of getting asthma
  97. Smokers use more sick days at work
  98. You can climb a flight of stairs without getting winded
  99. Everyone who loves you wants you to quit smoking
  100. Smoking  is no longer cool - in fact it is anything but cool

The next time you have an urge to smoke, read this list.   By the time you get to the bottom you will have forgotten about that cigarette altogether.  Good luck quitting smoking!!!!

Check out our new Quit Smoking forum!!! You can talk with others trying to quit smoking. Great place for support or to give some support to new quitters.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


You've successfully quit smoking.  You feel better, your breathing easier, your teeth are starting to whiten, and best of all you sometimes go an entire day without even thinking about a cigarette.  Congratulations, you are officially a non smoker.

Most people who quit smoking will experience an entire day of no smoking thoughts within the first 30 days of quitting smoking.  In fact, as time goes by, you will experience more and more days where the thought of a cigarette doesn't even enter your mind.   Unfortunately, for most ex smokers, they don't even realize this has occurred.

Once you have quit smoking you will have to conquer each smoking trigger at least once before you can move on.  For instance, the first time you get in your car after quitting smoking, you will instinctively reach for that cigarette and press in the lighter.  Lets face it, you've done it thousands of times over the years.  The first time will be tough, but the next time you get in the car it will be easier, and eventually you won't even think about smoking.

Until you complete this exercise with every situation you ever smoked, you will not be completely free.  Driving, a drink at the local pub, after meals, at a casino, at the beach, and anywhere else you ever smoked a cigarette.   You must experience each situation as a non smoker in order to remove the psychological addiction from your mind.

Beware, there are many, many people who have successfully stopped smoking for extended periods of time that were sucked back into the addiction by one little slip.  You see, it only takes one puff on a cigarette to spiral back into that awful world you worked so hard to escape.   The world of not controlling your own thoughts, feelings and actions.  The world of drug addiction.

So how do you prevent yourself from falling into this trap and going back to life as a full time smoker?  You must understand that you are no different than any drug addict.  No different than a person addicted to heroin or an alcoholic.  One slip and you will eventually be right back where you started, smoking a pack a day and wishing you would have never taken that one cigarette.

Far too many people have thought that once they were free of cigarettes, that they could control their addiction and have one cigarette now and again.  They wouldn't fall back into their old habits, but understand, smoking is not a once in a while proposition.  It is not something you can do half way.  How many smokers do you know who only smoke once cigarette a week, or a month.  It doesn't happen.

The only way to truly insure that you never become a pack a day smoker, is to never allow yourself to even have a puff of  a cigarette.  Don't do it, I 100% guarantee that in time, you will become a full time smoker again, smoking cigarette after cigarette.

Remember that first day that you quit smoking?  How difficult was it.  If you are just starting out quitting, write down your thoughts from day 1, day 2, day 3.  Keep it fresh in your mind and remind yourself how difficult it was to free yourself of nicotine addiction.  Keep your guard up, because the devil will strike when you least expect it. 

Do the following to make sure you prevent a smoking relapse:
  1. Write down your thoughts and feelings from day 1 of your quit.  Be very specific and keep this with you at all times.
  2. Make a pledge that you will never ever take a puff of a cigarette again.
  3. Celebrate each day that you are a non smoker.  Don't stop celebrating after a month, 6 months or even a year. 
  4. Help others quit smoking.   This is very important, as you will be constantly reminded of the difficulty and struggles that people addicted to nicotine face.  It will remind you that you do not want to become this person again.
You've accomplished something that millions of others hope and pray that they can accomplish, you have quit smoking.  Continue on your path and never let the illusion that smoking is something wonderful enter your mind again!!!!  It is only an illusion and a lie.