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"...I took my time
- 4 weeks -
but I haven't had
a cigarette in 5 years after smoking for
Smokers will all agree: Nicotine addiction is only one reason why they have
trouble quitting. Yet, all other methods using drugs deal only with the
HABIT—the conditioned associations between certain familiar
activities and lighting up – can be even more powerful than the chemistry
itself. Breaking the links is crucial – and may be why your prior attempts
failed when using methods that didn’t have behavior change programs.
The SmokeSignals program is comprehensive. It works on MANY physical and
psychological factors that must work together. Particularly for hardcore
smokers, it is not enough to pick a quit date and slap on a patch. What you
need is a systematic way to prepare for quitting.
SmokeSignals breaks the link between smoking and your related
associations. Instead of enjoying a smoke in a familiar setting, the device
prompts you to smoke on cue. That process “reprograms” you to
smoke when it signals. Like, well...Smoke Signals.
Nicotine is weaned gradually from your body. Logically, after
years of tobacco addiction, you can imagine –or remember painfully – how
violently your body reacts to withdrawing abruptly from nicotine. Our
scientists do not believe there is any virtue in the misery of withdrawal. In
fact, SmokeSignals is sensitive to your comfort levels and adjusts accordingly.
That is a major difference in stopping smart.
Relearning takes time. SmokeSignals is not a magic bullet.
True behavior change does not happen overnight. In fact, the program encourages
you to take as long as you need to be successful, comfortable, and smoke-free
forever. You decide when to move forward faster or slower. On average,
successful quitters take 40 days.
Scheduling your cigarettes evenly through the day proved even
more important than just reducing them. Giving up your lowest preference
cigarettes is not hard. What’s tricky is moving your favorite ones to less
pleasant times and settings. That’s what SmokeSignals does for you – in ways
that you will find agreeable.
You learn coping skills and practice them hundreds of times,
such as learning to postpone a cigarette until it is scheduled. No one can
teach these many personal techniques… you alone can discover those that work
for you and incorporate them into your day. This preparation for quitting is
paramount to preventing relapse, which sadly concludes over 94% of traditional
quit attempts within a month .
Cravings are cut by spreading nicotine intake evenly through
the day. Nicotine fades so gradually and is delivered so regularly that users
experience fewer withdrawal symptoms or urges.
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reinforcement of smoking: Towards a biobehavioral explanation. Neuroscience
& Biobehavioral Reviews, 8, 503-513.
*Fiore, M., Bailey, W.C., Cohen, S.J., et al., (2000). Treating Tobacco Use and
Dependence. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. Public Health Service.
*Cinciripini, P.M., Lapitsky, L.G., Seay, S., Wallfisch, A., Kitchens, K., and
Van Vunakis, H. (1995). The effects of smoking schedules on cessation outcome:
Can we improve on common methods of gradual and abrupt nicotine withdrawal.
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