I started smoking when I was 11 and I’m not going to lie, I LOVED it! I never wanted to quit smoking, I swore up and down I would never do it! I thought they would have to pry the cigarettes from my cold dead hands and all of that dramatic nonsense. And when I got out of breath quickly I told myself I was out of shape, I totally refused to admit that smoking was taking a toll on my body.
Then one day I woke up with really swollen ankles and they became more and more painful each day. Next thing I knew it was really difficult for me to even walk. No one knew what this affliction was and it took six months of specialists visits and tests until I finally ended up in the office of a respiratory specialist. It was his theory that I had a disorder called Sarcoidosis. This affliction can result in the sudden extreme swelling of different organs. Most commonly the lungs. I could wake up any morning with the crazy swelling that I had in my ankles in my lungs. Except that I wouldn’t wake up because that would kill me, pretty much instantly. Kind of scary. I was then told that if I didn’t quit smoking immediately I would need a lung transplant within a year.
Pretty scary stuff! I was only 26 at the time and not quite ready for someone to pry the cigarettes from my cold dead hand. The lung doctor gave me a list of vitamins to take. One in particular stopped me from smoking. Niacin or vitamin B3 (it’s the same thing) completely soothed my cigarette cravings and I was able to stop. I actually got to a point where I craved the vitamins rather than cigarettes!
I am not a doctor and I recommend that if you want to try this that you talk to a doctor like I did but I tell you it does work.
I do think that it’s important to note here that I had tried in my life to quit smoking countless times before this. None of my attempts ever worked. Without niacin the longest I ever lasted without smoking was 3 months. I have never smoked again. I do have to admit that I do crave every once in a while still. I probably always will. But It’s not hard to ignore cravings now. If I can do this I know that you can too.
What to do:
Here’s what my doctor told me to do: You have to get the kind of Niacin that causes flushing or hot flashes. It is the hot flash that cancels the nicotine craving. I started with a100mg pill three times a day. Once I got to a point where it no longer caused a hot flash I increased to 200mg three times a day then 300mg three times a day. My doctor told me to work all the way up to 1000mg three times a day. I had to stay at 1000mg 3x a day for about three months and then I was officially a non-smoker.
I had the best luck finding flushing Niacin at vitamin stores or health food stores.
What to expect:
Niacin causes a flushing sensation in your skin. Your skin will feel hot and tingle. Your skin will turn red and possibly get white patches mostly around your throat and chest. This flush usually lasts 5-20 minutes. Your heart may beat a little faster and you might get a little jittery.
It will still take will power. You still have to consciously take the vitamin instead of smoke. It will still be hard work and at times a struggle but the Niacin, for me, made it so much easier.
!!!DO NOT DO THIS!!!
Do not take 1000mg 3x a day to start! Sometimes it can be hard to find 100mg pills but really easy to find 1000mg pills don’t try to skip right up to the 1000mg ones! The hot flash will be almost unbearable. I know because I did try. It was really uncomfortable, I strongly recommend against it.
When I was researching it I did come across a few warnings that said that a few people have had heart attacks or seizures from over doing Niacin. This is a very powerful vitamin! Do not underestimate what it can do to your body.
Do not smoke when you are taking these pills. If you smoke than your body will not learn the difference between the cigarettes and the vitamins as quickly or possibly at all. When the time comes to take your pill decide for just that day (at least) you won’t smoke. If you wake up and you know you are going to smoke don’t take the vitamin and just start tomorrow instead.
Why it works:
Again I’m not a doctor this is just my own opinion from the research I did when I was doing this. I think that the nicotine in cigarettes mimics or is identical to nicotinamide which is a vitamin your body needs in order to feel happy. When a person has low levels of vitamin B or nicotinamide and they happen to start smoking the body thinks that they are getting what they need through the cigarettes but in reality they are just getting something similar which is harmful instead of beneficial. The body never gets the relief that it would from the vitamin but still thinks that the cigarette is a good source of the vitamin so it constantly craves it. When you substitute the actual vitamin that your body is craving your body finally feels relief because it is getting what it needs and so it stops craving the cigarettes and starts craving the vitamins instead.
I think that stress burns up these vitamins in your body and the reason that a person never stops craving cigarettes is that they never stop needing these vitamins to feel happy. So I would recommend that whenever a person starts to crave cigarettes after they have quit they should just take some more B3 or Niacin until the cravings subside.
The practice of taking large doses of vitamins to cure disease is not new but it is controversial. It’s called orthomlecular medicine or mega vitamin treatment. It has been used for treating heart disease with vitamin C. Linus Pauling is credited with the discovery of this amazing practice. Some people may say that there is no proof that taking vitamins has any effect at all. I say that I am living proof of just what vitamins can do for a person.