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Welcome! I’m a Certified Tobacco Treatment Provider in private practice for 15 years. I've worked with over 5000 private clients and conducted over 100 public seminars. I was a heavy smoker myself for 30 years. I’m also a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach — I use positive psychology interventions, cognitive behavioral techniques, neurolinguistics, mindfulness training, guided imagery and even hypnosis in my practice — so my answers often include references to attitude, perception, subjective well-being and the language of self-directed behavior change. Website: www.HypNoSmoke.com...

Q: What pictures would scare smokers into quitting?Q: What pictures would scare smokers into quitting?

No pictures will scare a current smoker into quitting smoking. Every smoker has seen the “scary” pictures, and it just makes them feel worse about smoking. Making somebody feel worse about their behavior is not an effective means of motivating change. Some pictures might scare some kids into not starting to smoke. But it may also motivate […]...

Q: Why don’t cigarette manufacturers reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in their cigarettes?Q: Why don’t cigarette manufacturers reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in their cigarettes?

Most of the chemicals that matter— the problem ones— are not added by manufacturers, they are built right into the natural tobacco, and they are only released when the tobacco is set on fire. “Pyrolysis” is the process by which organic materials are broken down into their constituent chemical elements due to extreme heat during […]...

Q: After two years of smoking and you suddenly decide to quit, what do you usually go through?Q: After two years of smoking and you suddenly decide to quit, what do you usually go through?

Unless that’s the kind of thing you’ve done a lot in your life, there wouldn’t be any way to say what kind of experience you “usually” have with quitting. There are plenty of people who “try to quit” all the time, and they usually report all kinds of problems and difficulty. They manage to focus […]...

What do I do when my significant other and I vape and I want to quit but I relapse from both of us making poor decisions?What do I do when my significant other and I vape and I want to quit but I relapse from both of us making poor decisions?

You didn’t relapse from both of you making poor decisions, you relapsed only from your own poor decision — and your SO relapsed from their own poor decision, not yours. What to do? It will be necessary for you to separate your own actions and decisions from those of other people, no matter how significant they may […]...

Q: I want to stop smoking, but how do I resist cravings?Q: I want to stop smoking, but how do I resist cravings?

Don’t try to resist, and also don’t give in …. learn to accept. Learn to accept the experience with curiosity and non-judgment. There is no such thing as an “irresistible” craving. There is craving, and then there is usually a false dichotomy decision between only two options…. smoke or resist. But there is a third […]...