I was recently visiting a friend of mine when he declared to me whilst clutching his electronic cigarette, that he had stopped smoking.


At first, I did not know what to say but I then said but aren’t you still smoking? He replied no, he wasn’t smoking cigarettes any more. When I asked him if the liquid in his electronic cigarette contained nicotine he said, yes it does and it is pure nicotine.

I was stunned and amazed to think that he felt that he had stopped smoking because he had stopped smoking cigarettes.

All he had done was replace one bad habit with another. He was still smoking even if it was not cigarettes. It still had control over his life, especially when you saw how much he was using the electronic cigarette.

What was the most disconcerting was that he could not see that nicotine was harmful. Nicotine is extremely poisonous and it is only the heat of your body that causes a molecular change that stops it from killing you. It has been used as a pesticide for many years. If you don’t believe me look at the gardening books from the 40’s and 50’s to see where they recommend nicotine for pest control.

When it enters your system, it causes your blood vessels to constrict which interferes with your blood circulation and opens you up to stroke. As for it being purer! This means that the poison that is entering your system is now more effective.

Bottom line was that he had replaced one bad habit with another bad habit. He was under the illusion that smoking was just about smoking cigarettes. Sure, you have to replace one habit with another to quit smoking but doesn’t it make more sense to replace it with a healthy habit?

Stop smoking cigarettes by replacing the habit with one such as breathing fresh air or drinking more water makes so much more sense. When you decide to stop smoking look carefully at what new habit you are going to acquire.

About Steve Gardiner

Working as an agronomist, in his birth country Zimbabwe, Steve Gardiner was an internationally recognised expert in the growing, curing, drying, and grading of tobacco crops. However, in his 20's, as a medic in the army doing his 3 years of national service Steve saw the dreadful effects smoking has on the human body. It was this was a powerful observation that catalysed him to study and master hypnosis to help people quit smoking. Initially gaining skills in hypnosis through QC seminars, Tad James, and Rick Collingwood, Steve has continued to expand his expertise over the years adding new and powerful tools in human psychology and transformation to his toolbox. Steve has developed a 4 step process that guarantees that you become a permanent non-smoker in 60 minutes. All you need to do is want the result. Realising the potential hypnosis has to 'give people their lives back' Steve has spent over 15 years studying with all the 'greats and experts' in the field of mental anguish people suffer. If you smoke to reduce stress, anxiety, or to cope with depression, ask Steve about TRTP - The Richards Trauma Process. This unique process was created to resolve long term anxiety, P.T.S.D and other emotional behaviours.

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