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CBD And Smoking–How CBD Helps You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

CBD And Smoking—How CBD Helps You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

How CBD helps you quit smoking cigarettes
How CBD helps you quit smoking cigarettes

If  you have followed my website you know that I have written on how CBD might be able to help people quit opioids. It’s natural than to ask can CBD help you quit smoking cigarettes? There are of course many reasons why people will want to kick this nasty habit. Smoking cigarettes has been compared to “downloading Cancer” into your body.  A Smoker’s mouth has been compared to exhaust pipes of cars. Smoking is also responsible for people having bad bones.  Bad bones often mean a bad back.

Tips From Smokers Make a Majority of People Want to Quit

In March 2012, the The Center For Disease Control (CDC) launched “Tips from Former Smokers,” a $54 million national campaign in which Americans shared personal stories of the consequences of smoking. An interesting thing was the reaction of people who tweeted about the commercials. “Approximately 87% (167,867) of the Tips-relevant tweets were classified as message acceptance, 7% (14,281) as message rejection, and 6% (11,521) as message disregard.” [1]

 Furthermore, 94% of those who tweeted saw smoking cigarettes as a threat to their  health.[2] So, it would seem that these people would be open to finding out how CBD helps you quit smoking  cigarettes.

Twitter Messages Express Fear posed By Cigarettes

Here are some examples of the tweets:

I swear these cigarette ad commercials are scary as hell #toxic

New anti-smoking commercial showing people  that became amputees from cigarette smoking is crazy. I like my legs. Use them both

That Cigarette Commercial Where The Lady Gotta Hole In Her Throat Is Scary AF [3]

Does CBD Really  You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Quit The Nicotine Addiction with CBD
Quit The Nicotine Addiction with CBD

Well, we have taken care of the social proof that most people who are smoking want to quit. Now let’s look at the question  as to whether  CBD can help you   quit smoking cigarettes. A  study  published   in 2013 in the journal Addictive Behaviors supports this idea.

A group of 24 smokers received inhalers with either CBD or a placebo substance and were encouraged to use those inhalers for a week whenever they felt the urge to smoke. Those with the placebo inhaler did not reduce their cigarette consumption at all during that week, but those with the CBD inhaler reduced theirs by about 40%. [4] Thus, they learned how CBD helps you quit smoking cigarettes.


How Does CBD Help You Quit Smoking Cigarettes?

There is evidence that CBD can help with addiction because of its relationship with the reward system. “When you do a drug like cocaine, Alcohol, or cigarettes, they create a massive response in your reward system. Your brain thinks that this chemical substances is the most fantastic thing in the world and it needs it. Your brain is confused and thinks that without this substance, you won’t survive. So much that it is always reminding you of how much you need it through cravings.”

CBD has helped people quit their cigarette smoking habit by decreasing the strength  of your cravings. So, when you do smoke instead of you body saying “we are having a party” and Dancing on The Ceiling with Lionel Richie it may feel more mellow—like when Peggy Lee asked “Is That All There Is?”

How CBD Manages Inducing Cues and helps You quit Smoking Cigarettes

Inducing cues are another way of referring to things that urge you to smoke. For example, wanting to smoke after dinner because you have always smoked after dinner. By making you less anxious, CBD enables you to overcome those inducing cues. let’s go deeper into making you understand  what the hell inducing cues are in relation to smoking.

Measuring Visual exposure to Smoking Behaviors

In a study of smoking behaviors, smoking was observed for different times and days of the week at 14 outdoor areas of bars/cafés throughout downtown Wellington, New Zealand. The researchers   used these data to extrapolate to other bars/cafés with outdoor seating. In broad terms this is what they found:

The normality of smoking can reduce the likelihood of quit attempts and successful quitting. “Social ambience, including smoking visibility, may influence smoking relapse, particularly at bars and cafés [5]. 

How exposure to smoking at bars/cafés for all public outdoor spaces Results in Inducing Cues

These are some interesting  findings  to enhance our understanding of inducing cues that can make an ex smoker  relapse:

The relatively flat topography of downtown Wellington— narrow streets and limited parking meant   that foot traffic was the most common source of transportation and this increased the potential for visual exposure to smoking in the downtown area.

This means that former smokers walking  down long narrow streets with lots of other people saw other smokers and most likely felt the urge to smoke.  This is where CBD buy fighting anxiety can be very helpful in allowing that former smoke to walk that long street of smokers and not take a puff.

Let’s look at Another Inducing Cue

Streets with high levels of retail shops and hospitality areas had high values of estimated visible smokers, particularly in the evening where numbers were consistently above 50. [6]

This makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Where there’s a lot of retail shops and hospitality areas  means there’s also a lot of socializing  going on. All that buying, eating, small chat, and good times can easily be inducing cues  that  makes one once again reach for a cigarette. However, CBD has shown that it can regulate those urges to want to reward yourself and just keep you relaxed.


There’s a clever ad you might have caught  about people fighting  cigarette addiction. “The advert uses the words and music of Gloria Gaynor’s much loved song ‘I Will Survive,’ which mirrors the feelings and stages many quitters go through on their journey to being free of cigarettes and is a celebration of being free from an unhealthy relationship.” [7]

As I said in the beginning  of this post, most people want to stop smoking. If you’re one of those people, I hope you have learned how CBD helps you quit cigarette  smoking.

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policies. Tob Control 2002, 11:300–304.




4 thoughts on “CBD And Smoking–How CBD Helps You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

  1. Hello Thabo,

    I am curious as to how does CBD helps to control the urge to smoke. You have explained it very well here with good examples. I am not a smoker but on a quest to learn about this amazing CBD that has articles flooding the internet.

    I have known/ seen many smokers trying to quit and have to say – to quit smoking needs determination. But with a little bit of help (with CBD), it can be easier.

    Thanks for sharing this useful information.

    1. Hello Sharon,
      I agree with you that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do and takes a lot of determination. Some smokers have tried as many as 3 to 5 times before finally quitting. Those who have tried CBD have taken much less time to quit because CBD does a good job of controlling their craving for nicotine. Thanks for checking in. I wish you the grace of good health.

  2. Thank you much for sharing this information, Thabo!

    1. Thank you very much, Tessa. I am glad you found the information about how CBD helps you quit smoking cigarettes useful. I try my best to give readers valuable information.

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