Smokers’ need to understand there is not, nor will there ever be an “easy way to quit” They also need to be aware there is not a ‘best’ way to quit and stay quit.
According to the American Medical Association, between 22 and 23 million quit attempts are made every year. When the decision to try and quit is made, the next question uppermost in a smokers mind is, what is the best available help? A survey of former smokers’ inevitably results in ‘cold-turkey’ being claimed as ‘best’.
Cold-turkey is deprivation. It results in significant weight gain and temporary physiological changes and mood swings which, typically result in a relapse. Beyond cold-turkey, the confusion about what is ‘best’ is compounded when would-be quitters encounter former smokers who recommend hypnosis, acupuncture, aversion therapy, smokenders, smokestoppers, NRT’s, etc.
Former smokers swear by whatever they used when they finally stayed quit. They don’t understand unless they had a serious health scare or a significant external intervention (i.e., pregnancy), they went through a process that comprised four, five, six or more attempts before they became former smokers.
For smokers there isn’t a ‘best’ quit method. Whatever they use on the fourth, fifth or sixth attempt, when the quitting process has been completed, will be considered ‘best’. For employers’ ,the ‘best’ Program is the one that re-starts smokers in the quitting process and can be used as often as required, regardless of where each smoker is in the process.
The AMS Training and methods have been endorsed by the editors of the Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. This four-volume tome is published every ten years by the International Labor Office in Geneva.
It contains the best practices and methodologies provided by more than 2500 experts from sixty countries. “An alternative and successful approach has been developed by Addiction Management System. This approach is based on the knowledge that change and the modification of behavior is a process which can be planned and managed using organizational and behavioral techniques.”
The content of the AMS Training has scored higher than all other programs on every occasion it has been compared and evaluated by third-party smoking cessation experts.
The conventional cessation programs that have survived the participation attrition of the past decade are effective. All of them contain the necessary and proven methodologies that enable a smoker to ‘unlearn’ their psychological and habitual dependence on cigarettes.
Smokers consider these ‘quit or fail’ programs punitive, fewer than three per hundred will volunteer to participate. Typically, the three percent who volunteer are 40+. They have smoked for more than 20 years and have begun to experience symptoms of a smoking-related disease or disability.
With 100% efficacy among this chronological group, smoker/non-smoker ratios and smoking-related health and medical costs remain static. An equivalent percentage of new employees in the 21 to 30 age group will be smokers.