What if I could show you how understanding the science behind the different ways to quit smoking can help you quit smoking for life? What if that knowledge can demonstrate exactly what you can do to increase your likelihood of being successful at quitting smoking for life? That’s exactly what we’re going to do and you will get if you read this to the end.
Just before we go through the different methods and models for quitting smoking there’s two concepts I really need you to understand. The first one is the concept of placebo. What is placebo? Placebo is a scientific model that allows us to measure other models to see if they’re successful. It’s essentially in science when we use what we call a control. So, for example, the medical field will often use a sugar pill versus a drug. The sugar pill gives us a success rate of not giving somebody the drug but giving them a belief that what’s been taken will work. That’s called the placebo. Whatever that rate is any success that is more than three percentage points above that rate we can know there’s something in the drug that’s actually working or something in the model that’s actually working.
When it comes to quit smoking most things are models and not drugs so we need to understand which models actually have greater than three percent success rate than placebo so we know that they actually work. Anything within three percentage points of placebo or less doesn’t work, and what do I mean by “doesn’t work” is we don’t know if it’s that model working or if it’s just a placebo effect.
So, I just need you understand what placebo is it’s just simply a model that we can measure against to know which models work. That’s number one. The second thing I need you to understand before we hop into the different success rates and the science behind that is that all quit smoking methods can be grouped into one of three categories. Meaning that they are used to attack smoking in a particular part of who you are. Those three parts are our unconscious mind, our conscious mind, and our physical body – what I mean by this is the physical dependency on the drug nicotine usually associated with cravings. We can group all quit smoking methods into nine groups, and all of them can be categorized into ‘it’s dealing with our unconscious mind’, ‘our conscious mind’, or ‘the physical dependency’. That’s the second concept we need to understand. That’s going to relate back to how we use the knowledge and science of quit smoking methods to be more successful and give ourselves a better chance. So let’s hop right in. We’re going to start at the ninth most successful model, and we’re going to work our way up to the number one most successful model.
Coming in at number nine is cold turkey at six percent. Six percent of people that do cold turkey are successful quitting smoking for six months or longer after thirty attempts on average at quitting. Anyone who’s done cold turkey before will know they’ve tried many, many, many, many times. So, how does that compare to placebo? Let’s put placebo on the board so we know where it is and how it compares. So placebo comes in at the sixth most successful model. Placebo has a 12% success rate.
So cold turkey is a full six percentage points lower than placebo! It is lower than if I give you a sugar pill and say this will help you quit smoking. So, let’s keep going up. I just want to say one last thing before the next one. The one thing about cool turkey is all methods involve cold turkey, because all cold turkey is just quitting. It’s just stopping. No matter what method you use, at some point you have to just stop, so cold turkey is actually part of every method.
Here we go to number 8. Number 8 is apps. I’m not going to give the percentages for every single one of these. There’s lots of apps out there that you can track and see how much money you save and how many cigarettes you didn’t smoke. They all are below 12 percent. That is below placebo! So apps are not an effective method according to science.
After apps are books. Books are actually a quit smoking method. There are very famous books that help you quit smoking. These books also have a less than placebo success rate. We don’t even hit placebo till number five!
NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) is next. NRT could be the gum, the patch, or vaping. Nicotine replacement therapies range from 12 to 14 percent depending upon which product you’re talking about .They have a varying degree of success rates, but it is within the three percentage points of placebo so is it the nicotine replacement therapy that’s working or is it the belief that it works working? This is very much up for debate in the scientific community.
After NRT is behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy is counseling. It’s going to see a counselor and going through all the things about why you smoke and about your relationship with your mother, your father, or whatever method that the behavioral therapist happens to use to help you quit with behavioral therapy. This also is within three percentage points of placebo. Something else you should know about behavioral therapy is it is also the longest method to quit smoking other than cold turkey.
Now we get to the sweet spot where we find the methods that are significantly above placebo. Here we can say scientifically that they actually work. Coming in here at a 22 percent success rate on number three are “the drugs”, which is an overall category. So these are things like Chantix, the pills that we take to deal with the cravings. What the drugs actually do is they inhibit our pleasure sensor which is what nicotine stimulates. It inhibits our pleasure sensor and that helps with the cravings. That’s what drugs like Chantix use. More than 50 percent of people that go on the drugs will go off within the first week because the side effects can be really nasty, but that means 50% of people don’t have any side effects and that’s great.
Number two is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy has a 60 percent success rate. You will meet people and see posts in the chat groups that say, “Hypnotherapy worked for me. It was unbelievable! It was so easy!”, and other people say, “I tried it didn’t work for me at all.” There’s a reason for this. The reason why it has a 60 percent success rate is hypnotherapy is dependent upon the skill of the practitioner, as is behavioral therapy.
There are some really good hypnotherapists that have a much higher rate than 60 percent and there are hypnotherapists that have a much lower rate than 60 percent. It comes down to the particular practitioners skill set, but on average if you look at all the studies it averages out at 60 percent.
Now, let’s look at number one. Number one is something called stacking.
What is stacking? Stacking is what a group of quit smoking specialists have figured out. They found there’s a really unique, inventive, and ingenious way to attack smoking in an individual. Basically what they do is they take these methods and they use multiple approaches. They stack the different approaches. People who stack different approaches in a specific way have incredibly high success rates.
It does come down to the individual program because there’s not a lot of scientific research out on this. I can only show you the results of my program. I don’t tell you this to promote my program. I just tell you this so that you can see if you’re searching for a program you want to look for a program that uses this method.
My program has a 95 percent success rate. 95 percent of people that do my program quit smoking for the rest of their life.
So, let’s just take a step back now and look at why stacking is so successful. This is the tip, the secret in that hat I’m giving you today so that you know how to stack in a way that is going to be successful for you. No matter what you choose to do, my program or somebody else’s, remember I told you that all of these methods could be categorized into three categories.
The physical body is dealing with the cravings in our neurological system. The conscious mind deals with how we think our internal thoughts, meaning the internal dialogue, the voice we hear in our head. The unconscious mind deals with the unconscious part of the mind that the conscious mind is separated from.
Now we know stacking can be broken into three categories the physical addiction, the conscious mind, and the unconscious mind. So, when you look through these methods you can put them in one of those categories.
Cold turkey is a conscious mind process. We’re just having to use our willpower which is in our conscious mind. You think, “I have to stop. I can’t smoke.” We have to overpower our unconscious mind using our conscious mind. This means we have to think this every day, all the time, over and over again. That’s why people who quit cold-turkey will often describe the battle being, “I keep thinking about a cigarette. I can’t stop thinking about it it’s constant.” That’s also why it’s down here at 6 percent. It’s because it is only dealing with the conscious mind. Apps, books, cold turkey they’re all of the conscious mind. Now, placebo. What placebo is about is belief. So, placebo is kind of a combination a little bit of the conscious and unconscious mind, but mostly of the conscious mind.
So, nicotine replacement therapies – the gum, the patch, the concept that smoking is really an addiction (Which we know it’s not. It’s more habit than anything.), what do they deal with? Well, part of it is an addiction, because nicotine is an addictive substance, but it’s not what’s really driving your “addiction”. We’re not going to go into that now. You can watch my other videos for more information on that.
Nicotine replacement therapies deal with your body’s physical desire to have your stimulus sensor in your brain triggered. So, nicotine replacement therapy deals with the physical body. The drugs are specifically designed to inhibit the desire in your brain to want the pleasure sensor stimulated so it helps diminish cravings. Drugs are dealing with your physical body.
Let’s look at our quit smoking methods
Basically everything placebo down is your conscious mind. In the middle the nicotine replacement therapy and drugs deal with the physical body, while the behavioral therapy is more like cold turkey with the advantage of having some unconscious mind work. It’s kind of a combination of both the conscious and unconscious mind depending upon the skill of the therapist.
Drugs and nicotine replacement therapy are all the physical body. All the things under placebo tend to be about dealing with the conscious mind, and hypnotherapy is all about the unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is about getting past your conscious mind and your critical faculty to change the unconscious behavior which is where habit resides in the unconscious mind. The reason why hypnotherapy has such a high success rate it’s because it’s dealing with the habit. So this deals with the habit in the unconscious mind.
These methods can all be put into these three categories of what they’re dealing with.
So where does stacking go? Stacking is attacking smoking from all three perspectives. It deals with all of the categories.
So in my model what I do is I attack it from all three perspectives. I do hypnosis, but hypnosis is only one thing I do in my program. I do neuro linguistic programming. I attack the conscious mind as well, then I do things like tapping or EFT that deal with your neurological system act deal with your physical body. That’s how I’m able to get such a high success rate. I’m stacking all the different ways into a single program.
Whether it’s my program or another program when you’re out there evaluating ways to quit smoking, give yourself the best chance. Here’s the secret. Stack. If you go to a hypnotherapist, take Chantix as well. Layer the methods you use and layer them intelligently based on the science and the different parts of our mind, body, and the reasons why we smoke. We smoke for unconscious reasons, for conscious reasons, and because we do have a very slight physical dependency. If you attack all of them you’re going to be way more successful.
That’s what stacking is. So, whether you stack methods yourself, you use a model like mine, or you do my program you want to look for models that are using stacking. There’s really two ways here. There’s a do-it-yourself way. You have all of the science. You pick different models and you stack them, or if you want somebody to do it with you or want somebody to do it for you come and do somebody’s program like mine. Use a program that uses these concepts. That’s the secret.
So here we are at the end. Here’s all you need to know. You now know the science behind and the success rate of the different models. You know the secret is to stack them based on the different things they do, and you can now choose to either do it yourself or look for somebody that has a program like me that uses the concept of stacking.
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