Imagine a focus makeover for the UK National Health Service's (NHS) 2nd annual October Stoptober quit smoking campaign. Instead of making the pharmaceutical industry richer by purchasing "free" yet highly ineffective replacement nicotine for all, imagine transforming Stoptober into Smarttober and encouraging England's smokers to become more dependency recovery savvy than smoked nicotine's influence upon their brain.
Instead of NHS Stop Smoking Services (SSS) continuing to insanely bash and trash the world's most productive quitting method -- cold turkey -- as recommended in a September 7 response to a British Medical Journal SSS ten year evaluation, why not instead use NHS SSS and Smarttober to transform cold turkey into smart turkey. Imagine devoting an entire month to sharing knowledge and understanding designed to destroy destructive quitting fears and the anxieties they breed.
Why Smart Turkey?
As shown by a July 31, 2013 Gallup Poll, cold turkey continues to generate more long-term successful ex-smokers than all other methods combined. But for many, the thought of going cold fosters anxiety and dread. Instead of destroying those fears, NHS and friendsfeed, fuel and lie about them.
Cold turkey is the abrupt ending of nicotine use without resort to quitting products or procedures. Smart turkey simply adds to the mix our most powerful weapon of all, our intelligence. It focuses upon study and mastery of the keys to successful abrupt nicotine cessation. Here's 10 reasons to consider using smart turkey to transform Stoptober into Smarttober:
It's Fast - Nicotine's bloodstream elimination half-life in 2 hours. It guarantees that you will totally empty your body of all nicotine and move beyond peak withdrawal within 72 hours of ending use. Why spend weeks or months toying with alternative forms of nicotine delivery, or risky designer drugs that mimic and imitate it? Wouldn't accepting NHS's enticing offer of "free" pharma grade nicotine mean transforming Stoptober into Starttober until at least Stopember?
It's Safe - Never in the history of the world have we seen a news story about a cold turkey quitter committing suicide. By definition it's impossible for a successful cold turkey quitter to end up hooked on the cure and addicted to nicotine gum, the lozenge or patch, or slave to electronic nicotine.
Productive - Take your own poll of all long-term successful ex-smokers you know who have been 100 percent nicotine-free and off of all quitting products for at least one year. As found in the July Gallup Poll, you'll likely discover a giant elephant in the room, that the vast majority abruptly ended nicotine use without resort to products or procedures. As in the Gallup Poll, you may learn that only a tiny fraction of successful quitters credit approved products (8 percent), with just 1 in 100 ex-smokers succeeding by using Nicorette.
Effective - A little known fact is that NHS SSS cold turkey quitters always generate a slightly higher 4-week stop smoking rate than those toying with replacement nicotine (NRT). Keep in mind that while at the 4-week mark the NRT quitter still has another 4 weeks of use before attempting to stop using nicotine and adjust to natural dopamine stimulation (normally, an 8 week "therapy" period), the abrupt cessation quitter's brain has already fully adjusted. The end result? A 2006 study found that 25.5% of NHS cold turkey quitters were still not smoking at one year, compared to only 15.2% of NRT quitters.
Science-Based - During the past decade, cold turkey has prevailed over approved quitting products in every independent population level quitting method effectiveness assessment. As shown by the Pierce 2012 study, it doesn't matter whether you are a heavy smoker or a light smoker, the unassisted quitter's odds of success are substantially higher than those using NRT or prescription medication, or than quitting programs which force ineffective quitting products upon them.
You'll Discover Why We Smoked - Smart turkey compels us to confront and turn to our advantage the truth about why we smoked. Although you may not like this, we are real drug addicts and there is no cure. Nicotine addiction is a brain wanting disorder in which nicotine compromised dopamine pathways assign nicotine use the same priority as they assign to eating food. The wanting, urges and craves felt by the actively feeding nicotine addict flow from the same dopamine pathways as the wanting felt by the alcoholic, and the heroin, cocaine and meth addict.
The Law of Addiction - The smart turkey knows the key to successful cessation, respect for the Law of Addiction. They fully accept the fact that quitting is all or nothing. For us, there is no such thing as just one, or just once, as one puff will always be too many, while thousands never enough.
Destroy Use Rationalizations - The smart turkey examines and destroys false use rationalizations. The smart turkey understands why smoking does not relieve stress but actually makes it worse, and why there is no such thing as just one, or just once. They also understand common pitfalls such as the importance of crutch avoidance, awareness that their blood caffeine level will double, that their blood sugar may plummet, and that early alcohol use is associated with half of all relapses.
Protection Against Relapse - A recent study found that during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that 1 million American ex-smokers relapsed to smoking. The smart turkey understands why. They also understand the factors that contribute to relapse. Such awareness obviously increases their likelihood of staying clean and free for life.
Dueling Messages: Pharma Lies vs. Cold Turkey Truths
Cold turkey "rarely works"? 74% versus 16% at 4 weeks?
WhyQuit.com - WhyQuit is the Internet's oldest forum devoted to the art, science and psychology of cold turkey quitting, the stop smoking method used by the vast majority of all successful long-term ex-smokers. Left to right, WhyQuit is organized under three headings: (1) Motivation, (2) Education and (3) Support.
"Never Take Another Puff" - Imagine a free 149 page stop smoking ebook that's registered more than 4 million downloads and was written by a man who has devoted 40 years, full-time to helping smokers quit. Never Take Another Puff (NTAP) was authored by Joel Spitzer, the Internet's leading authority on how to stop smoking cold turkey. It is an insightful collection of almost 100 articles on every cessation topic imaginable.
"Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" - Written by John R. Polito, a former 30-year heavy smoker and WhyQuit's 1999 founder, Freedom from Nicotine (FFN) is a free nicotine dependency recovery book that documents the science underlying nicotine dependency and successful cessation. Whether hooked on cigarettes, e-cigarettes (e-cigs), bidis, kreteks, a pipe, hookah or cigars, on dip, chew, snuff or snus, or on the nicotine gum, lozenge, spray, inhaler or patch, FFN provides a comprehensive yet easy to follow road-map to freedom from nicotine.
Turkeyville - Visit Turkeyville, Facebook's most popular quit smoking support group. The group's primary focus is the first few days and helping new quitters get started. Yes you can!
Joel's Library - Joel's Library is home to Joel Spitzer's "Daily Quitting Lesson Guide." The Guide walks new quitters through the first two weeks of smoking cessation, recommending daily videos to watch and articles to read. Joel's Library is also home to more than 100 original short stop smoking articles, to his free ebook Never Take Another Puff, and to his collection of more than 200 video stop smoking lessons.
Freedom - Looking for a deadly serious and highly focused education oriented support group? Home to Joel Spitzer, Freedom is the Internet's only 100% nicotine-free peer messageboard support forum. Explore Freedom's hundreds of thousands of archived member posts on how to quit smoking.
Nicotine Cessation Topic Index - An alphabetical subject matter index to hundreds of nicotine cessation support group discussions, article and videos.
40 Quitting Tips - Key cold turkey nicotine cessation tips on how to stop smoking, vaping, chewing or sucking nicotine into your body and bloodstream.