The Best Natural Remedies to Quit Smoking

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Posted by Dixiedebva (Roanoke, Va, USA) on 07/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I want to share this cheap & quick step-down method that made it VERY easy to get cigarettes & nicotine out of my life.. YEA!! (I see similar points noted but not combined as here to work)

1) Natural Tobacco= First I started rolling my own cigs 3-4 months before my desired "quit" time. STOP USING store bought cigs ASAP! Jan 2012 the papers, filters & tobacco averaged $1. 50 a pack. Use "smooth" or "ribbon" cut pipe tobacco (not cigarette tobacco) and select a "mild" mix. Now you are rid of the 2, 000 additives cigs have AND only dealing with the "natural" leaf nicotine! Also my dislike of the "rolling" hassle made me "think" with each cig.. Do I really need it? or just smoke half?

2) Vinegar= then BEST OF ALL, I stumbled onto the "hidden" patent info about adding a drop or 2 of plain white vinegar to the cigarette filter neutralizes the nicotine. You cant smell or taste the vinegar once dry. I did this to every cig for the last 4-6 weeks before I quit. Couple weeks with 1 drop.. Then next couple with 2. (this seems to be the other poster's nicotine blocker).

3) Diet changes= I got serious about taking a good all around vitamin plus a super B complex.. Also doubled my water & fresh fruit intake. I ate more healthy foods and stopped skipping meals (nic kills your appetite & taste). I can tell the super B's really do help with nic cravings. Yeah Ted!

4) Mental Facts= With every thought of "I want a cig", I remind myself that I REALLY DON'T.. Its just the top used insecticide poison thats talking. Being already SUPER addictive and unbelieveably chemically multiplied & enhanced in cigs to addict me even further, its no wonder that it screams at me. Nicotine only provides me illness and death. Am I that easy a target? No, I truly DON"T WANT a cig.. I WANT the NICOTINE.. Or DO I??

5) E-cig backup= I bought an e-cig with both "light nicotine" & "zero nicotine/water" cartridges. I used the "light nic" when I was cutting down and ran out of self rolled cigs. After my quitting, there have been just a couple times I wanted to "smoke" (when smoking friend visits) so I just puffed my water vapor ecig and laughed at myself.

6) A New Dance= I felt ready and just stopped smoking one day after all the above.. But I needed one last step. I've had almost zero "physical" craves, but mental triggers were in everything I do daily. To deal with triggers, as soon as I think cig, I quickly step away from that situation.. Then I return, performing it differently and repeat to make a new habit of that situation without a cig. I am quickly remembering doing it the new way & forgetting the old. (like holding phone in other hand).

I have only been quit a month but already cigs seem like a faint memory.. I go all day without thinking of one unless I cross an old trigger I havent "un-done".. And even then its not a fever wish, but just a thought that its "time" for a cig.. Well, I know its not and so I dance a new step into that situation and now enjoy "breathing" past it.. Combining all these helps made the cravings sooo weak that I easily walked away. I hope you do too! ;)

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Robert (Martinez, Ca, USA) on 12/18/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Crush a vitamin C tablet & mix with enuf water to place in small spray bottle. Whenever the urge arises, spray inside the mouth toward back of throat. A homeopathic liquid compound for 'smoking withdrawal' may be purchased from health store & used per label instructions.The major ingredient is lobelia which has lobeline & is similar to nicotine but non-addictive, other ingredients are sedatives & anxiety aids. When feeling the urge to smoke, become very focused on the breath & usually it is habitually shallow., so take deep breaths thru the nose & exhale thru the mouth.Oral fixation can be quelled by sucking on licorice root, (not the candy). the niacinimide will help. I would 'nibble' on it in small amounts. If feeling very anxious, try GABA which can be purchased w/niacinamide. Break open the capsule & sprinkle a little on the tongue during the work day stress.Info on GABA can be searched on the net.Drink tea vs coffee, exercise the new energy you feel with long walks or take up bicycling. Exercising the lungs is important.Learn to play a wind instrument:harmonica, native flute are very simple.Pink grapefruit is good to clear tars from the lungs,so maybe one per day in the a.m. Coconut fat with honey helps due to the sugar cure used on tobacco giving a sweet tooth.Raw fruits with raw fat,(avocado,coconut butter,raw butter) is great.As difficult is loving oneself, please stop stuffing the emotions. If you can find a quiet place when feeling anxious,lay down & use the breath to really explore the emotional state(s)that you are allowing to release. Breathe these out & allow them to go like a balloon floating away or whatever metaphor helps.When focusing eyes open & looking straight ahead also be aware of periphery on both left & right sides.....this is a bit trickey but have fun with the practice. I come from a chain smoking mother who quit in her 50's,h ad 10 children half of whom smoked. Please allow the divine to intercede & do the work. Love & breathe.

M's Quit Smoking Technique

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Posted by M (St.L., Mo, Usa) on 05/03/2010
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When I quit smoking, several things helped me. A friend said "Don't worry about it, the smoking will quit you when it's ready."

So I quit "trying" to make myself quit. Then I noticed that I was saving up reasons to quit, like collecting shells or rocks. There were too many to keep track of mentally, so I began to write them down. I had NO plans to use them as leverage. I just wanted to see how many I could find. When I had found 144 reasons to quit, something must have clicked for me. One morning I looked in the mirror and said aloud, "I'm not going to smoke anymore." It was an all- of -me- decision. I wasn't dragging the reluctant side of myself into it.

Each time I thought of smoking over the next couple of weeks, I told myself I could smoke if I wanted to, but the days, hours and minutes I had amassed as a non-smoker were mounting up and would be a shame to waste, since I had wanted to quit for a long time.

This reasoning process helped me through the temptation times, along with a deep breathing pattern that just "came to me". When I took THREE DEEP BREATHS, holding one after the other as long as I could stand the pain in my lungs before gasping for air, it took the urge to smoke away, (because I felt sick and dizzy, probably.)

After a few short weeks I didn't want to smoke anymore. That was such a long time ago, it seems like I never smoked.

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Fl)
120 posts

I am very proud of you for quit smoking,,,Good Job. I quit also about a year and half back,,,It is great not stink any more, my clothes don't smell and I like myself more also,,, Merryanne

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)

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Posted by Jon (Australia) on 10/28/2014
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N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) = great for detoxing lungs - helpful for smokers or people who used to smoke! ?

If you smoke or used to smoke and want to clean out your lungs try NAC, this is an indispensable product.

Aside from increasing your body's production of glutathione, essential for liver protection, NAC is particularly effective in clearing your lungs of damaging carcinogens or any other detrimental pollutants.

In fact, if your dog is silly enough to go after a skunk and gets sprayed, and you take it to the vet, the first thing the vet will do is give it a 1K mg shot of NAC to clear its lungs of the spray, which can be toxic due to its preventing your dog's ability to breathe with that oil covering the oxygen intake cells. So, for liver or lung protection/healing, NAC is essential and well worth the relatively minor expense, considering the benefits of taking it in contrast to the damage done if you don't use it regularly while smoking.

This worked very well for us and its effects were immediately noticeable. It should be taken between meals with a B-6 tablet and 50mg of vitamin C in order to get the greatest benefit. I would recommend 2x 600mg capsules per day taken separately between meals for anyone needing the benefits of NAC. (If you smoke, you will cough more because your lungs are being cleared of tar and toxins.)

Neem Tree Oil

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Posted by Linda (Orange City, Fl) on 06/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Neem Tree leaf, bark, and oil for about 3 months. The oil of the seeds is not for human consumption, but used externally or mixed as pesticide. But I wanted to report my use of the leaves and bark. I order my supplies from ____, their price is very cheap compared to the health food store, and other sites on line. I get the loose leafs, and ground bark by the pound and make my on capsules of the size 00 (I buy them from the health food store) and took 2, two times a day, and also made my bark capsules and did the same 2, two times a day, and drink a lot of water. (Do the tea after you do the three weeks of capsules) Do tea for only one week. Well they gave me a great cleansing out. To make the tea I took four teaspoons of leaf and put into a quart jar of slightly warm water (do not use hot) and let sit for 24 hours, then keep in the frig, to drink shake and drink one cup, leaves and all at least 2 times a day. Now this is VERY hard to do,,,this is VERY bad taste, add what ever you want to get it down, I could not add to many things because I am Diabetic. But I took two cups of the TEA twice a day for one week. Then, at this time of the tea drinking, *I stopped smoking after 12 years of at least one pack a day. I had know with drawls, nerves,,now I had been praying about it for a few months, and I had made a decision to stop. I did think about a smoke,,but it was not something that I could not handle. So I know that the cleansing from the Neem gave me a great help. The neem has a lot of information on line, there are a lot of neem products at health food stores, there are a lot of companies selling online, but I have to watch my spending so I make my on capsules, I use the oil either straight on my body where ever needed and I add a few drops to shampoo or lotion, but only if it is really needed because the oil has a very, very strong smell. There are sites that sell the capsules made, they are smaller than mine, so you would have to take 3, but for the price of one jar of leaf caps you can buy one pound at _____, in the health food store I saw a bottle of neem oil one ounce for $15, I can get 8 ounces at that price at the other place.

Replied by Yisseliy Montanez

I will try, becouse sounds good for my smoking habit. I hope to have the same resolve like you!!!

Niacin and Silica

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Posted by Misty (Indiana) on 07/29/2014
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Niacin and silica will nearly eradicate nicotine cravings. Any form of silica will work - I have had success with food grade diatomaceous earth (make sure it is food grade) and a silica complex supplement from Now Foods. I have only done this twice and have no experience with other forms such as horsetail extract, bamboo silica, or oceanic silica, but I assume they will work.

There are two forms of Vitamin B3, niacin and niacinamide - you want just the regular niacin. Do not buy flush-free or time-release niacin, as that is hard on the liver, and you will not know when you are taking enough. Do not be alarmed by the flush - it is supposed to happen, and it lets you know that you are receiving enough niacin. The flush should subside in about 10 minutes. If you get a severe flush that lasts longer than 30 minutes, simply reduce your dosage.

To find the right dose of niacin for you, start out by taking around 100 mg of niacin in the morning, afternoon, and night. If you receive no flush at all, then increase niacin intake by 100 mg one meal at time, I.e. 200 mg in the morning, 100 in the afternoon, 100 at night. If you still receive no flush, then take 200 mg, 200 mg, 100 mg and so on. Do not be alarmed if you find you need several grams of niacin a day; people generally take 1000-9000 mg of niacin a day (it is uncommon to need more or less but it does occur so always start slow). You may need to empty the contents of gelatin capsules or cut tablets in half or quarters (you can find a pill splitter in the elderly care section of your pharmacy near the pill organizers) to take your proper dose. When you feel a proper flush, then stay at this dose. Niacin is best taken during or after a meal.

The flush will feel like a hot flash and give your skin a pink glow or the appearance of hives. Don't worry; you are not allergic to niacin. This is normal and simply indicates capillary dilation. For me, the niacin flush is also accompanied by a runny nose, but not everyone gets that. If you flush severely and for more than 30 minutes, reduce your dosage.

As for the protocol, simply take niacin with one silica tablet (or 1-2 tsp of diatomaceous earth) 3 times a day. You may also want to add a B-complex and Vitamin C to your daily regimen to ease nutrient absorption. You may need to increase your water intake. If you get constipated, reduce the silica and/or drink more water. Nutrient absorption is also increased with exercise and a clean diet.

Try to reduce your nicotine usage before starting the protocol. Quitting cold turkey when you start will reduce the time you need to be on the protocol, so this is highly recommended if you really hate the flush or otherwise hate the protocol. Your cravings will probably not stop completely, but they will reduce so much that you will hardly notice them. If you have trouble, just try to distract yourself and remember that it only takes about 5 days to immensely reduce the intensity of the cravings. I recommend you stay on the protocol for about 1-2 weeks, but it won't hurt if you decide to stay on it longer as long as your liver function is normal.

Note that I still have cravings from time to time particularly when stressed, but the urge will pass if ignored. Don't make the mistake of treating a temporary increase of stress with a pack of cigarettes because addiction doesn't work that way; you will most likely fall off the wagon and have to quit all over again (I did this once).

Niacin therapy is also useful for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, even when the patient has not responded well to alternative treatments. It may also lower cholesterol, ease insomnia, or provide other benefits. For this reason, many people take high doses of niacin long-term with no ill-effects. Physicians often caution against it, but there are currently no recorded instances of niacin overdose in humans (in dogs, the limit is about 5000 mg per kg body weight).

I do not recommend niacin therapy if you have diabetes, alcoholism, any liver disorder, or are pregnant.

Nicotine Blocker

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Posted by Kathie (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 07/06/2011

I have tried to quit smoking for some time now. I had "been quit" for over ten years but getting divorced brought me back to this terrible habit. I have tried reducing but once I got down to 10 a day, my will power was not enough, with patches and gum, I found myself smoking with these things. I found a nicotine blocker on the internet and ordered it. It is a liquid that you put on the tip of the cigarette filter. One drop blocks 33% of nicotine and tar (one drop for the first week), two drops blocks 66% (two drops for the second week) and 3 drops blocks 99% (the third week and longer if needed). While using the nicotine blocker, you also are supposed to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes smoked each day. This sounds like a great idea, because I know that my addiction is not just to the nicotine but also the physical act of smoking. As I add drops of this nicotine blocker, my body will get less of a "reward" for that cigarette and my cravings will slowly go away. I started this program today and I will keep you posted as to my results.

During this time, I will increase my B vitamins (as Ted recommends), maybe take some valerian root (to help calm), and take hot baths daily to help sweat out the toxins.

Also it is my understanding that cigarettes have heavy metal toxins in them, so when I am "quit", I will do a cleanse that will help remove heavy metals. This will include chlorophyll and cilantro as well as plenty of protein so the metals will have something to "grab hold" of and be safely removed from the body.

Replied by Katherine
(Houston, Tx/usa)
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Just wanted to let you know that the nicotine blocker did not work so well. I guess that I suck too hard on cigeretts... It felt like the nicotine blocker was getting into my lungs and causing my lungs to hurt. So I quit the nicotine blocker, but not the dang cigaretts. I am thinking that I just need to be locked up for a week to break this dang habit!!!

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

In a perfect world we wouldn't smoke we wouldn't eat bad food. We wouldn't be stressed out trying to make a living. But it aint a "Perfect world".. Moderate smoking ie five a day and a natural tobacco at that. Might not be politcaly correct.. But as an appetite suppresant it takes the edge off of constant need to feed. It supplies b3. Has a calming effect and a dopamine release. When you weigh up the overall effect Obesity will have on the general population, compared to the health of a moderate smoker. I have the suspicion we might have the reason why people have been smoking for four hundred years. It might be very wise to look at banning tailor made cigaretts, as the list of unatural additves is shocking! As long as this is done with regard to the food industry as well. But a a few cool stogies a day wont kill anyone.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Do some research regarding B-3 & Vit C to help with quitting smoking, also check the EC page.

There is a heap of difference with natural (including dried naturally & not forced dried) tobacco. I remember reading many years ago that lung cancer was not a problem with smoking naturally grown & dried tobacco, mind you the amount smoked was small not large amounts. Now days this is not a legal option here in Oz, but cigarettes with all their chemicals are.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Now the anti smoking industry has gone political. Its totaly ignoring a few things. Ie the bigest cause of death in non smokers is bowel cancer. Smoking increases peristalsis, I suppose that means poor food dosn't linger in the gut as long as it does in non smokers, so constipation dosn't occur.. Which is a major cause of this type of cancer. A few years ago doctors would recomend smoking to stop Asthma, and to delay Altzhimers. In the thirties they also touted it for stress relief. Yes the LPG dryers in the leaf drying kilns leave cancerous hydro carbons on the leaf. In a few years it will be interesting to see if lives are actually saved in the demonising of smoking. I doubt it.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Sorry Gavin but I can't agree with your advice at all! True, obesity is a big problem and one easy to solve for most people who don't have a specific illness that makes them obese. The answer is tackle it in the beginning, far easier than to let yourself get overly fat and only then try to get rid of your weight. I think that people should stay away from cigaretts because sonner or later they all try to quit and then they have a problem! Ok, the world is far from perfect but should that mean that we go around doing everything that is not good for us? If you don't start you don't miss it, believe me because I don't!

I didn't know that naturally dried tobacco was less harmful than the cigarettes sold in the stores and criminal, if that is the case, that it is forbidden by law at least in Australia. But then till a while ago it was perfectly legal to spray your crops with all kinds of harmful chemical here in France while nettle juice, which is harmless was forbidden. You weren't even allowed to give the recipe to anybody, that was punishable by law. Now they have changed the law to allow it for home use but it is still forbidden in farms. And if you see that we have nettles for free all over the place? But that is exactly the problem.... For free... Makes no money! Anyway, don't forget second hand smoking! I have no idea whether with more natural tobacco this is less of a problem but making others inhale your old smoke is not a nice thing to do, unless you always smoke only around other smokers!

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Im totaly comfortable with your spin on things.. I just think the smoking thing needs a bit of logic and reason applied to it. The big tobacco companies have turned a fairly harmless and benign pleasure into a major health problem. The actual tobacco leaf smoked by the red indians (Nicotinus virginius) required two puffs and you were into opium dreamland. This is grown now just for the nicotine which is sprayed onto the mush which is then rolled into commercial cigaretts, all the other crap about 150 harmful chemicals are added for shelf life, flavouring etc..... Its turned into mush because thats the only way the machines can roll them, at this stage. Theirs is also the fact that in certain countries where smoking is heavy, and the diet is far different from the western one. The health risk is just not showing up.. Ie (The asian paradox) and the mediterranean diet. Arguably the greatest minds of the twentieth century were either puffing on a pipe or a cigar and lived a ripe old age. I personaly think that we might be at some sort of watershed, where the ideas generated from those smoke filled rooms might just not happen anymore. The monoxide forces the brain to solve problems and work harder, but thats just a personal opinion. Time will tell.

Replied by Sarah
(London, Uk)

Gavin, I don't know where you're getting your information from, but its contrary to my knowledge and experience. I come from what was only recently the largest tobacco producer in the world (Zimbabwe), which still has the biggest tobacco auction floors globally. My country has (had) a long history of tobacco farming and cigarrette manufacture... And I am familiar with it all. There is no 'spraying' of some high grade nicotine onto 'mush' as you maintain... Certainly not from what I've witnessed. There is, however, a grading of the leaf - from high to low - similar with tea farming.

Also, your statement that "... The big tobacco companies have turned a fairly harmless and benign pleasure into a major health problem" makes no logical sense. Why would commercial companies trash their product?? Its illogical. And what about the expose nearly 20yrs ago now of tobacco companies actually hiding facts about the harm nicotine and smoking has on health?

It is well understood and accepted that nearly 70% of ALL lung cancers are caused directly by smoking - or in a few cases, from exposure to other harmful substances such as asbestos. The figure for oral cancers (mouth, neck and head included) are as high for smokers. This is medical fact, which any oncologist can verify.

Also, the biggest killer today - in developed countries - is coronary heart disease (CHD). Diabetes is also a massive problem, costing health services billions to manage every year, and contributing to CHD deaths. Smoking is a major factor in CHD - and it is not a causal link.

It is true that bowel cancers are on the increase - but NOT necessarily in non-smokers. It is also the easiest cancer to treat if it is caught early enough. Bowel screening programmes are doing much to highlight new cases and may well be distorting the figures.

Conversely, in developing countries, the biggest killers remain communicable diseases. However, as diets become more like the western world (with high fat and sugar) combined with increased smoking - there is an effective tsunami of health concerns on the horizon - especially as developing countries don't have the health infrastructure of the west.

The damaging effects of smoking are - frankly - undeniable. Your claim that 'big tobacco companies' are making up this 'spin' is baffling.

Replied by Sarah
(London, Uk)

I would just like to add... People today are living considerably longer with each decade - never mind with each generation. This is due to a variety of reasons. First, the discovery of penicillin and the advent of antibiotics is not to be underestimated. For people to die from sepsis today (in the developed world) is rare in comparison to before the advent of antibiotics. A very common infection, especially in children and the elderly, is urinary tract infection (UTI). Left untreated, UTI's can track back along the renal system and infect the kidneys. This is an infection of a vital organ - which, without antibiotics, is potentially fatal. Antibiotics have a bad rep because of their overuse in the 70's and 80's... but their impact on mortalities is massive, and ongoing.

Secondly, vaccines and innoculations have had an equally massive impact on mortality - with small pox virtually eliminated. There was even recently discussions of destroying the last small pox viruse reserves kept for making vaccines.

Thirdly, nutrition -more in the developed world. Good nutrition even impacts on following generations. There was a facinating study done on Dutch women who were children during WWII, and the effects of their malnutrition on their off-spring, and even on the children of their children.

Fourthly, and again more in the developed countries, is better living conditions - clean water, sanitation etc. Have you ever heard of a cholera outbreak in a western town or city? No. In Africa (for example) it can be rife. 4yrs ago Zimbabwe had mass graves because of cholera... The political situation has so degraded the infrastructure there is no clean running water. With the rains comes flooding of sewage into water ways, and boom! Cholera. The very young and the elderly dying the most.

Finally, medical intervention is undoubtably impacting on mortality. This hardly needs further explanation.

So, people of yester-year living to a "ripe old age" while "puffing on a pipe or cigar" is not exactly correct. Their ripe old age was in all likelihood their 60's or early 70's (unlike today, where people with access to modern living standards, good nutrition and healthcare systems are living comfortably into their late 80's, 90's and even 100yrs and beyond) And wouldn't it be interesting to know exactly what it was people puffing away on their pipes and cigars actually died from? Infection? Small pox? Lung cancer?... certainly not old age.

Replied by Mesem

This is for Sarah who didn't see to understand Gavin's comment back then! Its important to read carefully what people write and not skim read! Tobacco is just a plant that is not the greatest thing to abuse but add a bunch of chemicals to it and its self administered poison. Cannabis is natural and smoking it is not a huge deal unless you can't control your consumption. Add to list; alcohol, sugar, read meat, salt...

Replied by Gavin
(Northland, New Zealand)

Yes thanks, I was thinking of moderation in all things, immoderate use of all things lead to problems. Most of the things that make a person feel good if overdone are bad for the body. But on the other hand if you go through life without the occasional pleasure we might as well not bother.

Replied by Gavin
(Northland, New Zealand)

With regard to the big tobacco I was referring to the production of taylor made cigys. The leaf is processed into a mush and then dried out like cardboard, it has to be done this way for the cuters, the rolling machines cant make them, any other way. Rice is also used as filler, (burnt rice is a carcinogen) the amount of nicotine in the commercial leaf isn't very high, so they add it to the mush, by spraying. Along with about another 140 chemicals to improve shelf life and taste. I've researched this, and to the best of my knowledge, it is correct. If you add to the mix the hydrocarbons left on the leaf, after kiln drying, another carcinogen, taylor made cigs, are really dicey. No one will convince me that a few and I stress a few, rolled cigarettes, per day are much of a health hazard. The fact that pipe smokers live longer than none smokers, must be a clue to some sort, of balanced look at the problem. During the time I was researching the effects of smoking. I was fairly dumfounded myself as to benefits. This might sound a bit reactionary to the present anti smoking industries.. and I apologise if I've hurt anyone's sensibilities .but I think that its past atmospheric bomb testing with regards to strontium levels, that would be the main culprit for causing a disease that wasn't on the radar before they started.

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Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philipppines)

It's quite well known that tabacco contains nicotine. It's also quite well known that niacin is called nicotinic acid. In fact, much of the niacin supplements are actually made from tabacco for this reason.

It seems, from the testimonials, that many smokers have successfully given up smoking by just using larger dose niacin(nicotinic acid) instead of the nicotine patches or gum.

Using niacin is also much cheaper than using nicotine patches or nicotine gum to give up smoking.

Nicotine Gum
Posted by Trying To Quit (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 11/09/2010

I am trying really really hard to give up this smoking addiction. I have been a smoker for the last 20 years and know that not only should I have not taken it up in the first place but I need to give it up now due to a potential cigarette related health issue (ENT visit coming up - very scared). It has been almost 24 hours since my last cigarette and I am climbing the walls with agitation and so have reached for the gum. I have been regularly taking the lemon/bicarb or the ACV/bicarb for months and hope the nicotine replacement doesnt upset this(Yes I know my smoking was probably messing with my attempts to alkalise but hoping to do better without the ciggies).

Can anyone tell me if or how nicotine gum will effect alkalising? Will the bicarb soda effect the gum at all? What else can I do to get my health back and take preventative measures against cancer?

Nicotine Patch

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Posted by Deb Elkins (Oregon) on 09/30/2016
1 out of 5 stars

Nicotine patches or any other nicotine product for the use of stopping smoking leaves you still addicted to NICOTINE! There is a product out now that uses Cystine to control the urges....I am beginning on this product tomorrow, son started this morning. Will keep posted as to how it works.

Nicotine Patch
Posted by Inna (Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe) on 11/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

It worked for me:
1. One must really want to stop smoking. Without it, no need to bother in trying to stop smoking.
2. for a first week I used nicorette patches, drank molases, ACV,
3. The first day without patch I was very nervous unable to concentrate,... So I cut a patch in half and used it for few hours and before bed time watched- listened a DVD with hypnosis: Stop smoking (English author it costed 5 EUR).
4. I socialize with smokers mostly, and they dont bother me at all.

Recommended Books

Posted by Jennifer (Northumberland, England) on 12/02/2014

A doctor recommended that I read a book by Allen Carr called, "Easy way to stop smoking". There is another one called, "The only way to stop smoking, permanently". I read the first book and I can honestly say that I had just about quit before I finished it. When I had finished it, I found that I didn't want to smoke. I continued to do my normal things like going out to the pub etc. and I did not get any withdrawal symptoms like I had when I had tried to quit before. I couldn't believe it. Both books are published by Penguin and I hope you all will give them a try.

Unfortunately, Mr Carr did die of lung cancer but he stayed alive a lot longer than he would have done if he had carried on smoking.

Good luck to all who try this method.

Replied by Eddie

Yes! Allen Carr's easy method book worked for me. If you've tried everything else and failed - READ THIS BOOK. My lung had collapsed 3 times over the years, had a bad cough and my wheezing at night would wake me. I thought I'd never be able to quit.

In the past I've tried Hypnosis and a special acupressure Ring in the ear - neither worked. Nicotine patches gave me a rash. Nicotine gum had me going to the Dentist with inflamed gums. Chantex had too many side effects for me to try. I even went to the local hospital for the free smoking cessation class - Right off the bat they stated "You definitely will not be able to stop smoking without some form of drug therapy."- NOT! I even Googled "what did you have to hear for you to stop smoking?" Nothing came up that helped until I read Allen Carr's Book. No scare tactics in it, just the facts - the real facts. I needed good logic and psychology to quit which the book provided - WITHOUT DRUGS! In the opening chapter it states not to quit smoking until you've finished the book - I liked that, so I took 4 days to read the book but on day 4 I quit and have never had a cigarette since! He explains how "the willpower method" will fail you. I read about this book from this post.

I thank you Jennifer.

Rich's Remedies

Posted by Rich (Boca Raton, Fl) on 01/08/2009

I have a different message for smokers than Ted.

Most smokers suffer from Vitamin E deficiencies. But when you give them an extra Vitamin C supplement (maybe one pill in the morning and 1 at night), this E deficiency goes away completely. Vitamin E is used in collagen production.

My opinion is that smokers have a higher bacteria count in their lungs, and your body has to constantly repair them. Vitamin C kills the bacteria. Yea.

Bacteria creates acids, and a chronic state of acidic lungs can lead to a lung fungus or sinus fungus.

The mayo clinic says that most chronic sinus infections are caused by a fungus.

I think Acidic lungs complicated by a fungus leaves your lungs more vulnerable to a lung cancer.
On a second-note, beta-carotene (a pre-cursor of Vitamin A, and an anti-inflammatory), increases the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
You can cure the E-defficiency, and kill the lung fungus, and H202 therapy can cure emphysyma, and greatly decrease the chance of obtaining lung cancer. Even if you don't quit, there are steps you can take to improve your quality of life. Quitting smoking is of course a better solution(but everybody knows that part).

Also, smokers live an average of 5-years less than non-smokers. There aren't any studies on smokers who take extra vitamins though (or whether these smokers are also obese or heavy drinkers).

One bizzarre study shows that ex-smokers are less likely to develop thyroid cancer than non-smokers and active smokers are even less-likely. It's a counter-intuitive, strange piece of trivia.
As Ted said, taking a b-3, and/or a B-complex may be helpful, along with an extra C. This may reduce congestion along with other benefits, helping make the process of quitting easier.
One method to quit smoking is count-the-clock... count the number of minutes between your first 2 morning cigerettes... if it's 30 minutes, then you can't smoke any quicker than 30 minutes between ciggerettes. Gradually increasing throughout the day. In a week or 2, maybe you can get down to a few cigarettes per day.

Then... don't bring them to work, and you can cut down to 2 or 3 in a few more days. That is the count-the-clock method. Of course, no method works for everybody.

Replied by Cheemiss
(Toronto, Ontario)

QUOTE: Most smokers suffer from Vitamin E deficiencies. But when you give them an extra Vitamin C supplement (maybe one pill in the morning and 1 at night), this E deficiency goes away completely. Vitamin E is used in collagen production. End of Quote.

Hi Rich, I am confused by your opening paragraph. Maybe it's a typo. Shouldn't we take vitamin E if we are deficient instead of vitamin C? Or are we to take both?

Replied by Janice
(Perth, Ontario Canada)

I just quit smoking and would like to clean out and detox. Can you give me advice??

Replied by Stef
(Portland, Usa)

Hi Janice, and anyone wishing to detox after smoking. There is a tea you can buy at select pharmacies or health food stores. If you can't find it, try looking at online merchants. Anyway the main ingredients in the tea are: valerian root, sarsaparilla, st. john's wort, red clover, licorice, cinnamon, ginger, burdock, cloves, oregano, fennel, cayenne pepper, and black pepper I know it sounds far from delicious, but this concoction is supposed to help alleviate the emotional withdrawal symptoms and clear out the lungs.

Replied by Tshkrel
(Harwich, Massachusetts)

Smoking is due to a nutritional deficiency as shown in the book The Natural Cure For Cigarette Smoking: How The Magic Mineral Prevents The Desire To Smoke

Ted's Remedies

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Posted by Cozette (Pasadena, TX) on 12/04/2006

I'm looking for a remedy to quit smoking."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Cozette: Any supplements that will calm the nerves and anxiety would do. While stopping addiction might seen to be difficult, reducing anxiety would be a more practical approach.

Certain aromatherapy that calms the nerves or deadens anxiety are lavender oils and narcissus oils. Narcissus oils are power stuff and they do reduce anxiety but should be used sparingly, if too much it does cause sleepiness. For me it helps a lot with both depression and anxiety. I just smell the aroma and it just goes right through the brain since the nose and the brain are quite close to each other. The emotion centers and the smell center are very closely related and this is why it had such a powerful effect. For most people I think, lavender oil should be more than enough. Of course if it doesn't work that well, a more powerful narcissus oil would have a better chance.

The addiction to cigarettes is due to the nicotine, but what is interesting is the chemical similarity with only one oxygen molecule less, which is nicotinic acid or also goes by another name called niacinamide, which is vitamin B3. Therefore taking some vitamin B complex plus maybe 100 mg of niacinamide supplements more may displace the nicotine due to chemical similarities. The vitamin B3 if taken at larger than average dose do have the tendency to reduce anxiety and hence, possible addiction to nicotine.

To test whether it works for you is to take them when you have this addiction. It only takes three days to stop the habit. If you get over this hump period, by taking plenty of niacinamide and vitamin B3 for at least 5 days, that should be enough to know it works for you or not. If that is not enough, then try to freshen the room with lavender and narcissus oil during the cigarette deprivation period of about 3 days.

In fact, if there was a 3 day stop smoking clinic, I think this would stop a lot of people from addiction. The issue is simple, once it is over the hump period, the addiction no longer exists. Basically the 3 day stop smoking clinic works like this: a group of people without cigarettes sit in a room and do anything they like, but there is no cigarettes handy. By putting a lease between you and the cigarettes for at least 3 days, the addiction in theory would stop. Of course, it would mean a solitary confinement from the cigarettes for three days would be worth it!"

Replied by Tshkrel
(Harwich, Massachusetts, United States)

Actually, smoking is a form of pica. The medical community has completely missed the boat on this because of the rigid (and quite stupid) definition of pica which excludes inhalation as a transport mechanism for nutrients.

The point being this--- IF smoking was looked at from this perspective, as being pica, the obvious question would arise, `What nutrient is the smoker deficient in?'

Nicotine, when it is oxidized, becomes nicotinic acid or vitamin B-3. This fact is actually the achilles heel of the whole `smoking treatment' scam. But this `hard' fact is known by any chemist and biochemist. For example, the biochemist David Bender states this fact in his textbook Nutritional Biochemistry of the Vitamins pg. 200. But it gets comical after this.

The origin of the name niacin was due to this uncomfortable fact that nicotine becomes nicotinic acid and Bender goes on to say that there was a distinct purpose in renaming nicotinic acid to niacin. "It was felt nicotinic acid was not a suitable name for a substance that was to be added to foods, both because of its phonetic and chemical relationship to nicotine."

But nicotinic acid is not what the smoker is deficient in. It is only one piece to a two-piece puzzle. The reason is this... nicotinic acid is THE master chelator. In other words, in a biological system it is never found by itself but always attached to another biological marker ... whether a nucleoside or mineral.

There is something else that is in tobacco that nicotine is adhering to. This other element is what the smoker is deficient in. When this element is replaced through diet, rather than tobacco, a remarkable thing occurs... The desire, the craving to smoke completely vanishes. These facts are all demonstrated in the book, You are not Addicted to Cigarette Smoking You are Starving: How the Magic Mineral Prevents the Desire to Smoke.

Replied by F.a.
(Minneapolis, Mn)

This other element is what the smoker is deficient in. When this element is replaced through diet, rather than tobacco, a remarkable thing occurs... The desire, the craving to smoke completely vanishes.

Soooooo whats the other element? or is this one of those "buy the book and find out" kind of stories??

Replied by Shabda Girl
(Santa Barbara, Ca)
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I owe Earth Clinic a huge thanks for the posting about smoking being a form of pica. I went looking for the book mentioned, and somewhere found that the subject of it was a silicon deficiency, paired with B3. I had smoked for a long time, tried to use natural cigarettes exclusively (how natural are they, one has to wonder), but with some stress in my life my daily use, while still minimal, was taking a toll on my body. I believed myself to be mostly psychologically addicted but something about the pica concept rang true. After reading about these two deficiencies, I remembered that the herb Horsetail is rich in silicon/silica, and I had a ten year old bottle of it buried in a box. I took a good multi B ('cause as far as I know taking large amounts of a single B can throw one out of balance over time) for the niacinamide. For the psychological aspect I reminded myself that cigarette smoking never ever made anything better for me. Not really. It just gave me the sense that I was doing 'something' when I experienced stress. It seemed like my brain was trying to regulate itself out of a sense of helplessness. My 'doing something' or taking action would now be trying the Horsetail and the B vitamins. The herb and B combination absolutely works for me. I do seem to need to use it once/day. If I have any experience of interest in a cigarette I either put my attention on something else, or take the supplements, and it has worked every time. I had almost no cravings whatsoever, going from 5/day to only 2 (I mean 2 total, not 2/day) over the first two weeks, and then to zero. I should say also, that even though most people talk about what a struggle it is to quit, I consistently imagined it being easy for me. I used up my willpower for these things long ago, and I need to have underlying needs addressed so I don't have to rely on mind over impulse as it's very draining. Even though I had little advance evidence that it could be easy, I still stuck to this 'vision' for myself. The relief is enormous, so many thanks for this information - it was the missing piece!!

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2105 posts

Shabda Girl: Thanks for your success post. If I might add two herbs, among others, that should help restore energy (smoking shrinks the adrenal glands) AND reduce stress ---Eleuthero Root or Siberian Ginseng and Ashwaganda. These can be used daily and I would rotate from one herb to the next on like a weekly basis. Added to a good breakfast and cup of good coffee, this should ensure your performance thru the day. Kinda like a 5hr energy day.

Replied by Shabda Girl
(Santa Barbara, Ca)

Timh, Thanks for the suggestion of Ginseng and Ashwaghanda. I have used the latter before but forgot about it. I think they're both adaptogenic, and general tonics. I had added in Dong Quai as well, and daily transdermal magnesium - fantastic for rebuilding some depletions. Transdermal magnesium has been amazing in the past, but likewise I had forgotten how good it is. Weird how stress can overtake one's point of view and start to seem 'normal'. I so appreciate your suggestions!

Replied by Zander
(Ohio, Usa)

Niacin worked for me. I fell back in to the trap but I was free from cigarettes and had no desire for them for 3 months. Stress tricked me back in to the trap. Anyway, I have heard that coffee has a toxic effect during the initial withdrawal from cigarettes and thus tea is preferred. This was in a Natural Remedy book by Stein, I believe. Any thoughts, experiences with this?

Replied by Geo Gypsy
(Rock Hill, Sc)

Shabda Girl, your post and info were the most helpful I've read. Connecting "doing something" when feeling stressed and changing what you "do" was invaluable to me. Thank you very much.