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smoking - the facts

Because cigarettes are generally sold at the places where children also buy sweets, it is all too easy to overlook the fact that the practice of smoking kills about 300 people a day in the UK. This shocking statistic outweighs even the combined misery caused by all hard-drug and alcohol abuse in this country. 

Numerous people do in fact understand these serious health implications, but none-the-less continue to blithely puff away. The truth is that nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Indeed, your own personal experience may well have born this out, especially if you have previously tried to stop smoking, only to find it surprisingly difficult to do so.

The complexity of the addiction is not always appreciated. Physical addictions are themselves often instrumental in developing a psychological dependency for the substance involved. A byproduct of this mental state is a tendency to suppress, or even completely disregard, certain truths around habit. This phenomenon may go some way to explain the reason that smokers usually seem quite immune to the compelling health-risk statistics as well as the numerous warnings on cigarette packets and elsewhere.

Even putting the dire physical risks aside for a moment, with the increased discomfort caused by a combination of the often chilly, damp British weather and legislation that some years ago effectively prohibited smoking in in-door public places, you might think that there was now more than enough motivation for smokers to wish to quit. 

However, your psychological dependence can make you think that it is habit rather than addiction that is at the root of your continued smoking. It may have you believe that smoking will reduce your stress levels (despite the fact that non-smokers are clearly no more stressed than are smokers). It can, at the same time, cause you to be afraid of both failing and of succeeding in your attempt to quit. It can even make you think that forcing foul-smelling hot tar into your precious lungs gives some sort of meaning to your life. 

Cigarettes, in themselves, are just the delivery mechanism for your drug of choice. It is, of course, the nicotine contained in each one that you are addicted to. Perhaps surprisingly, after just four days of not smoking, you will have completely lost your physical addiction. However, you may still have that psychological dependence that was mentioned earlier. This dependency is likely to have you believe that you still need tobacco and, although it is now just in your mind, it may take some time for it to lessen its hold over you - especially if you are unaware of its true nature or very existence. 

To make your resolution stick, you therefore need to not only overcome your withdrawal symptoms until the physical addiction has passed, but also work through your dependence until you are back in control. Most of all, you’ll need to have sufficient motivation to do these things, because if you wish to stop badly enough, there is really no doubt you will succeed.

Hypnotherapy can be particularly effective for giving up smoking. Together with its related disciplines, it will boost your motivation; help to overcome the symptoms of physical withdrawal and assist in combatting psychological dependence in the critical weeks and months that follow. Please feel free to contact me for more information, or to make an appointment to stop.

Just think.  Once you’re finally free of the fags, you’ll have more money in your pocket; smell a whole lot better and even feel less guilty. You’ll also probably live a longer, healthier life and, just like a good credit card, you’ll actually be accepted everywhere.

 

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Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.

Mark Twain