Smoking cigarettes is without doubt one of the greatest sole root cause of health issues and premature death throughout the UK. Globally the numbers are even far higher. Tobacco is killing around seven million individuals annually, whilst almost one million deaths are caused by non-smokers being exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke. I help people quit nicotine by using stop smoking hypno therapy (hypnosis) in London and online. Click here for more information.
Stop smoking hypno therapy facts
Despite there being nearly 76,000 people in the UK dying from smoking-related diseases annually, just one in five adults are still regular smokers. However, it seems things are indeed shifting. Think back 40 years ago. In the 1970s, 51% of men and 41% of women were smokers. These rates have more than halved now. With 15% of UK adults smoking, and 59% stating they have never smoked.
Stopping smoking is a big task for someone to face. They will often require more than solely self-discipline. This is where stop smoking hypno therapy can really help. There are numerous solutions available today of course. From campaigns such as Stoptober and local support groups to prescription drugs. Lots of people stop smoking by hypnosis. This is since hypnosis is such an effective and powerful treatment option.
Stop smoking hypno targets the cause of smoking
The key reason stop smoking hypnosis works so well is clear and understandable. Smoking, like all habits, is regulated by the subconscious part of the mind. When it comes to giving up smoking, it is very important you know precisely why you want to quit as well. Are certain you are making the decision for yourself. Attempting to stop smoking when you’re not ready, or for reasons other than your own, can often result in relapse and feeling like a failure. If you decide you want to stop smoking and are committed to the decision, it’s more likely you’ll be successful. It is for this reason that during my stop smoking hypno therapy sessions, we look at your habit in full.
Stop smoking hypnosis looks at the ‘anatomy’ of your habit
Here are some common features of a smoker’s habit
- Two thirds (66%) of smokers will smoke their first cigarette of the day within an hour of getting up.
- Almost 50% of all smokers die prematurely as a result of smoking-related diseases.
- The life expectancy of a smoker is about 10 years lower than that of a non-smoker
- Throughout the UK, it is estimated only half of long-term smokers live past the age of 70.
- It is estimated that globally 890,000 deaths a year are caused by second-hand smoke.
- Smokers under 40 have a five times higher risk of a heart attack than non-smokers.
Why use stop smoking hypno?
Smoking increases the potential risk of developing a wide range of health conditions and diseases. But unfortunately, the habit of smoking doesn’t only harm the smoker’s health, it may also have a damaging impact on the people around them. If smoking around children and babies, for example, they become more prone to many smoking-related health problems, for example COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and the chance of cot death will increase.
Common smoking-related illnesses include:
- Infertility – Smoking has an effect on the fertility of men and women, making it more challenging to conceive.
- Heart disease – Perhaps the UK’s ‘biggest killer’, and almost one in six cases are smoking-related.
- Gum disease – As well as staining, smoking can result in premature tooth loss due to gum disease.
- Lung cancer – More than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly connected to smoking.
- Other cancers – This includes mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervical and pancreatic cancer.
- Adults who experience passive smoking for an extended period of time are also at an higher risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Tobacco is also an irritant. Therefore it can make conditions such as asthma much worse.
Stop smoking with hypnosis and the real contents of a cigarette
Cigarettes aren’t simply tobacco leaves and paper. During the production process, a whole cocktail of compounds is added. With each cigarette, a person will be inhaling hazardous substances, including:
- Nicotine – This is the drug that stimulates the brain and causes the addiction. If a person smokes frequently, they can experience some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may include intense cravings, greater stress and anxiety, irritability and headaches.
- Tar – After smoking tobacco, tar is the residue that is deposited into the respiratory system. From here, it goes into the bloodstream and will get transported to other areas of the body. Tar contains over 4000 chemicals, over 50 cancer-causing carcinogens and other toxic compounds. This is why smoking is considered one of the leading causes of disease.
- Carbon monoxide – This gas affects how much oxygen the blood can transport around the entire body. Consequently, smoking stops the body from receiving the oxygen it needs to function properly. The smoker may suffer difficulty breathing, low energy levels and poor blood circulation.
Benefits you get when you stop smoking
It’s never too late to stop smoking (also known as smoking cessation). No matter what age you are, if you make the choice to stop smoking, your overall health will benefit. However, the sooner you stop smoking, the faster the body can recuperate and the potential risk of developing major health conditions will decrease.
There are many benefits to stopping smoking, from more money and energy to improved physical appearance. Benefits of smoking cessation include things like:
As carbon monoxide affects how much oxygen the blood can hold, the body can struggle to function properly. When an individual stops smoking, the carbon monoxide in the blood decreases. This makes it possible for the lungs and muscles to work the way they really should. It also means more oxygen can get to the brain, improving alertness and energy.
Improved immune system
Smoking causes the immune system to decline. This tends to make the body more vulnerable to colds and flu. Stopping smoking makes it possible for the immune system to remain healthy and balanced.
Longer life expectancy
If a person quits smoking by the age of 30, his or her life expectancy can increase by 10 years. Even if a smoker is 60 years old, stopping smoking can still add three years to his or her life.
Within nine months of stopping smoking, lung capacity is said to increase by as much as 10 per cent. This makes it possible for the body to carry out day-to-day tasks without the loss of breath. The “smoker’s cough” should also fade away and any breathing conditions, such as asthma, should be reduced.
Many smokers reach for a cigarette whenever in a stress filled situation. The instant hit of nicotine after withdrawal can make them feel relaxed however in the long term, cigarette smoking increases stress levels.
Younger looking skin
Smoking prematurely ages the skin. Frequent smoking can leave the skin lifeless, dry and more prone to wrinkles. When a person chooses to stop smoking, the effect is reversed as the skin starts to enjoy again the nourishment it needs. Over time, the appearance of the skin should improve.
The average cost of a 20-pack of cigarettes is £12.50. If a person is smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, they will have spent more than £45,000. Stopping smoking could mean you are nearly £350.00 richer every month.
Stop smoking timeline
The time since the last cigarette and how it affects the body:
- 20 minutes: Blood pressure and heart rate get back on normal.
- 12 hours: Carbon monoxide levels will decline back to normal.
- 24 hours: The body begins to clear out the mucus build-up in the respiratory system.
- 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier and levels of energy begin to improve.
- 1 month: Appearance of the skin begins to improves.
- 3 to 9 months: Lung function can improve by up to 10 percent.
- 1 year: Risk of suffering from a heart attack drops to about half of that of a smoker.
- 10 years: Risk of developing lung cancer drops to about half of that of a smoker.
- 15 years: Risk of suffering heart attack drops to that of a non-smoker.
Stop smoking hypno therapy
A great number of people find stop smoking hypno therapy a very powerful treatment. The method works to break the damaging behaviours and thinking patterns connected to smoking, for example that smoking helps calm you and relieve anxiety. It is these negative thoughts and behaviours that often stop people from successfully stopping smoking. Stopping smoking does not simply, by magic deal with the underlying issues.
So, when a person makes the choice to stop smoking, the key factor is to let go of the routine and change how they perceive cigarettes. Breaking an addiction like this is a challenge. It won’t be easy, in particular if it is a lifelong habit, and shifting how you think about something can be difficult.
Hypnosis targets this change. As a hypnotherapist, I support my clients and guide them through the quitting process. You are no longer alone in attempting to quit smoking. For this reason, stop smoking hypno therapy hypnosis is quickly becoming one of the most widely used forms of treatment. More and more people are choosing to stop smoking using hypnosis.
When considering stop smoking hypnosis, the initial thing to do is to make absolutely sure you are completely ready and are choosing to stop smoking at a time that is right. Hypnosis for smoking has been found to be most beneficial when the person really wants to quit and is very motivated in succeeding.
Stop smoking by hypnosis: The process
Hypnosis works by guiding the individual towards a deep, relaxed state. During this time, the mind is far more ready to accept suggestions and change. At this stage, as a hypnotherapist, I create a conversation, a script, which talks with your subconscious. I give suggestions that will help you in transforming your thought patterns and behaviours connected with smoking cigarettes.
Stop smoking hypno suggestions are personalised to you, as an individual. Some basic ones are along the lines of “I do not desire a cigarette” and “the smell of cigarette smoke makes me feel unwell”. I might also ask you to visualise smoking a cigarette, but thinking about an unpleasant taste or odour. This can help construct an association, that any time you think of smoking cigarettes, the disagreeable thoughts and smells will come as well.
Why wait to stop smoking!
A lot of people find hypnosis is enough to break the habit of smoking, whilst others choose to put together hypnosis with NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) or prescription drugs. Of course, everyone is unique and what might benefit one person, might not be suitable for you. By looking at all alternatives, you should be able to find an appropriate and helpful treatment method. The best thing is to speak to people, such as friends, family, other people who have stopped smoking.
It is important to keep in mind that stop smoking hypno therapy is not a quick fix. Although for some people, a single session is enough to stop smoking. This is why I run a two session programme. This ensures your habit is looked at in full. We will look at any fears you have about quitting. Importantly we create a plan for coping in situations you would normally light up a cigarette. The ultimate goal of stopping smoking hypnotherapy is to empower you to take control of your addiction and improve your health and wellbeing for the long-term.
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