About the Smokenders' Program

The Smokenders program uses a well proven format that has been successful in helping countless smokers to quit over the past 51 years.

Where most other smoking-cessation methods only address the nicotine addiction, the Smokenders program is a step-by-step process that has been designed to deal with all  aspects of your smoking habit.

Another reason that the Smokenders program is highly successful is because the course is based on well documented principle that, if people work together in groups on a common objective,  they are far more likely to succeed than if they worked alone.  The weekly 2-hour meeting usually only caters for up to 20 participants to ensure that each member gets expert, individual attention

Participants in the Smokenders program are also entitled to telephonic support from their facilitator  before, during and after the course.

How the Smokenders Program Works

  • The course comprises six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 hours.
  • By the time your cut-off date arrives you  will effortlessly stop smoking, without any withdrawal symptoms.
  • The program will help you identify, as well as provide you with tools to break your personal and stressful smoking triggers.
  • You then learn how to reinforce the new habit of not smoking, so that you can remain smoke-free for good without stress and cravings.  


Social Pressures

Numerous factors influence people’s decisions to start smoking or to use other tobacco products.

These factors include some individual and social characteristics, such as having parents, partners, siblings or friends who smoke.

By completing the Smokenders program, you will learn techniques to overcome these pressures and become a non-smoker


Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances know to man. It is mainly taken in through the lungs through smoking tobacco products.

Because nicotine is so addictive, the urge to continue smoking and the well-documented difficulties in quitting the habit come from this nicotine dependence.

The Smokenders program systematically reduces this dependence so that when you stop smoking, you have no cravings or withdrawn and uncomfortable symptoms,

Stress

Smokers believe that smoking reduces stress and anxiety, and this belief is so strong that they do feel better and more relaxed when they light up.

This feeling of relaxation is only temporary and is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and increased cravings that cause discomfort and result in you lighting the next cigarette.

People that stop smoking through the Smokenders program, become less stressed and anxious and learn to manage the stress that they do have.

Weight Gain

One of the biggest fears of smokers is that they will gain weight when they stop smoking.

The Smokenders program addresses the issues that could cause weight gain such as the substitution of cigarettes with unhealthy eating habits like snacking, and encourages a healthier overall lifestyle. Possible weight gain can thus be effectively managed without the need for excessive willpower and effort.

Coffee and Alcohol

The dangers of an excessive consumption of coffee, sugar and alcohol are already well known, such as for instance increased blood pressure. Nicotine has the same effect. When used together, the coffee or alcohol will increase blood flow while the cigarettes will be constricting your arteries. One thing this combination does is develop a plaque in arteries which makes them rigid and results in a loss of elasticity.

The Smokenders program works by breaking the association between cigarettes and coffee and/or alcohol.


Neural Pathways

The Smokenders course addresses your neural pathways that have been conditioning your smoking behaviours for years.

By blocking off those pathways associated with smoking and building new pathways driving more appropriate, healthier behaviours, you get to become a non-smoker, rather than just an ex-smoker.

Habit

Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit.

To successfully stop smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it.

The Smokenders program effectively identify these habits and routines and will help you to develop new, healthier ones in their place, resulting in a new, smoke-free future.

Personal Triggers

Triggers are internal and external stimuli that make you want to smoke. Examples of these are the phone ringing, finishing a meal having a drink Different people have different triggers and knowing your triggers and understanding the best way to deal with them is your first line of defense.
The Smokenders program involves understanding your particular triggers and assists in developing strategies to manage these and to redirect the impulses brought on by these triggers so that you will not smoke.