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The Best Gift Ever For Someone Who Smokes

If you're looking for a gift for a smoker, chances are that you'll look for something that will enhance their smoking experience. You'll probably look for an elegant cigarette lighter or a fancy ashtray.

But sadly, these types of gifts will only encourage them to keep smoking which, ever, can kill them.

Instead it's better to give a smoker the gift of life.

Give them something that will help them to quit their harmful habit for good.

A quit smoking book is a far better gift than anything else and here's why.

All smokers ever think about is quitting. They will tell you that they want to smoke, but they do not. Every time they put out a cigarette, they wish it was their last. They wish that they never felt like smoking another cigarette ever again.

But giving up smoking is never easy. That's why they either do not try it or have tried many times and failed.

Giving them a gift that helps them to stop smoking shows that you care. It shows them that you're concerned about their health and that you understand their ability to quit smoking.

Most smokers can not commit to quitting on their own, but they can if they think that someone else supports them in stopping smoking, then it makes it easier.

If you have a loved one who smokes, then help them. If you care about them you'll want to do all you can to support them in their effort to stop smoking.

Even if you think that they'll hate your gift, they will not. They may be surprised that you want them to stop smoking, but showing that you care is never a bad thing.

And you never know, your gift could be the spark that gets them to re-think about what they're doing.

It may be the beginning of their journey to quit smoking.

And a book is something they can read while they smoke which will double the book's effect on them.

So find a good book about how to quit smoking. Preferably find one that is a step-by-step system to quitting smoking for good.

That is the best kind of gift you can ever give a smoker.

And if they follow the advice in the book and they quit smoking, then it's a gift for both of you because once they've stopped smoking, you will not have to worry about their cigarettes killing them any more.

They'll feel better and so will you.

It's a gift that is priceless.

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Quit Smoking – A Stroll Through An Oncology Ward

Fear based articles are not my style, and fear is not a good motivator for people to quit smoking cigarettes, but this may strike a chord.

This article is different because I have had the displeasure of taking to many strolls through an oncology ward. The reason is because at the time of writing my father is in one. He never smoked and has an aggressive leukemia, but there are smokers with lung cancer in his ward.

My dad has been in the ward for one week with an expected eleven weeks to go. I have seen up close just how hard chemotherapy is. I have seen the pain and despair as a person comes to terms with how quickly and how dramatically their life has changed.

I have seen the pain in their loved ones and how much it changes their lives in so many ways, not the least the practicalities of daily living which now involves a person missing from a household and the day to day management of hospital visits.

I have watched as those who are not bed ridden make their way slowly around the ward with their drips in tow, often a shadow of their former selves.

I have seen the barrage of nurses and doctors go to work on my dad, platelets, drugs to combat fluid on his lungs from lying down, two kinds of chemotherapy, daily blood tests, x-rays, a stay in coronary care after his heart rate dramatically elevated, loss of appetite, loss of dignity, extreme fatigue and all the stress that goes with having cancer.

In other words, a typical day in the life of a person in an oncology ward. As I walk through the corridors I notice that the visitors here look different than the visitors to other wards. There is a sadness, a slashing of shoulders, some people keeping a brave face and others weeping openly.

It is estimated that 90% of cancers are life style related, the good news is that this means that 90% are preventable.

There are no guarantees in life but you can most likely prevent yourself from having a stay in the cancer ward. The best way is to quit using advanced hypnosis. Simple easy, painless and effective. The solution to years of smoking is just 60 minutes away.

So why would not you choose the most effective way to quit smoking and hopefully avoid a lengthy stay in a cancer ward.

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Quit Smoking – Habits Are Formed And Broken

You may not think that all the non-smokers out there have the habit of not smoking but there is some truth to it. Every smoker in the world who quit cigarettes has created the habit of not smoking.

And many non smokers at some time in their life rejected the choice to smoke, because because of health reasons or they did not like the taste, but somewhere there they developed the habit of being a non smoker.

For this second group developing this habit would have happened quickly and easily, there may have been some peer pressure but they overcame that.

For the ex-smokers their transition to non-smoker was more difficult and required strength to break the old habit and create a new set of habits for managing their lives.

For some this was a struggle, some tried and failed multiple times, but for others this habit changed was achieved quickly and with little stress.

Any habit we have in our lives, good or bad has a cycle. There is a trigger, then an action then the reward or exit.

You are bored, you act by lighting up a cigarette and then your reward is having something to do for a few minutes.

You can see this cycle in many aspects of smoking whether it be stress, relaxing, on the phone, driving with coffee alcohol or food etc. Your action is to smoke and then your reward or income is a change in how you feel.

Sometimes this cycle is unconscious, eg the phone rings and you automatically light up a cigarette. Most heavy smokers do this unconscious smoking many times each day.

The trick to quitting smoking is to create a new cycle, eg the phone rings, you do another action, anything other than smoking, and then you have an income. The new action needs to be one that can be used for every trigger, and it must produce a change for you quickly, so that you will accept this new habit.

Hypnosis is the perfect vehicle for installing new powerful habits. During hypnosis you can quickly and successfully take on new thoughts, beliefs and habits, permanently.

Cold turkey works for a small percentage of people, one problem is that but it is too much of a struggle trying to force this habit change consciously.

Another problem is that no new habit cycle is introduced. This leads to failure or to the introduction of new negative habits. The most common being over-eating.

I'm sure you know what to do next.

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4 Psychological Tactics To Help You Kick The Butt

According to a recent study, 110 million Indians are taking lethal dragons of cigarettes now compared to 74.5 million 30 years ago. This is an alarming figure despite the fact that smoking is the primary cause of diseases like oral cancer, strokes, bronchitis, asthma, colon cancer, and approximately 90 percent of lung cancers. Kicking the butt is one of the most difficult things to do even for smokers who are aware of the possible consequences of their addiction. Wondering how to stop smoking? Here are four psychological tactics to help put down the cancer sticks:

1. Read up about the Benefits of Quitting

The first and foremost thing to do is to read up books, magazines and reports about the benefits of kicking the butt. Read as much as you can about the possible consequences if you continue with cigarettes. Once you decide not to light up, you can motivate others to get rid of this unhealthy habit. Quitting not only improves your lifestyle, but also saves a lot of your hard-earned money as you throw packs of cigarettes away.

2. Get Moral Support from Others

When you decide to quit, it is difficult doing it alone. To be candid, it is next to impossible. Saying no to cigarettes is easy if you talk to your partner, close friend or any family member who understands you and your shortcomings. Get social and moral support from those who can help you quit. Talk to as many people as possible about your plan to stay away from the lethal sticks. Avoid talking to a friend or colleague who is a chain smoker. Request them not to light up in your presence.

3. Identify Triggers and Learn to Avoid Them

What are triggers when it comes to smoking? They are psychological or physical stimuli around you that increase your urge to light up on a conscious or subconscious level. The longer you have stayed away from cigarettes, the more powerful are the triggers and your desire to smoke. How do you get rid of them? Here are some ideas to help you:

  • Try to detach yourself from triggers that are difficult to avoid such as puffing away when sipping your morning tea, coffee, or when driving.
  • Remove all smoking paraphernalia such as lighters, ashtrays or matchboxes
  • Thoroughly dry clean all clothing that reeks of tobacco smell
  • Reduce your stress levels that add to your desire to smoke
  • If necessary, talk to a counselor or psychotherapist to avoid smoking triggers

4. Develop a Hobby or Healthy Habit

When you get rid of any psychological habit such as smoking, you also need to develop a new habit or hobby. These hobbies should be a part of your everyday routine. You can try exercises such as swimming, jogging in the morning, taking vitamin supplements or having a balanced diet. Develop interesting hobbies like reading books, gardening, bird watching, painting or knitting. These hobbies will keep you distracted from lighting up a cigarette and help you quit in due course.

If you are still worried about how to stop smoking , try these psychological strategies. One of these tactics will definitely help you quit and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy a tobacco-free life, build a tobacco-free world.

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What Dumbo Can Teach Us About Habits and Addictions

“I'm scared to stop smoking.” Edna said.

As a psychotherapist specializing in habit control, I've heard that statement from many clients. Edna (not her real name) had come to my office for an initial consultation, as part of my smoking cessation program. Like many people who want to part with a harmful habit or addiction, she felt ambivalent. Every addiction, regardless of its consequences, brings elements of comfort, satisfaction, or pleasure.

“What are you scared of specifically?”

“Well, smoking has always been my source of strength. It got me through the tough times. When my father died, and I had to comfort my mother emotionally, and pay the bills, and arrange the funeral – I smoked. Overtime to meet deadlines, I smoked in order to keep going. I've stopped smoking many times, but when life gets rough, that's when I smoke. can I part with my source of strength? ”

“Have you ever heard the story of Dumbo the Elephant?” I asked. “It was a Disney animated movie – a lovely and touching story.”

She said she had not. So I told her about it. I'm sure my version does not do justice to the Disney movie, but here it is.

Dumbo was a baby elephant born in the circus. His mother loved him dearly, but all the other elephants laughed at him because of his big ears. His ears were so large, the circus owner removed him from his mother to put him with the clown troop. Dumbo was sad and lonely, separated from his mother.

With those over-sized ears, the clowns thought Dumbo would be a great addition to their antics that they performed for the many circus-goers. They decided that Dumbo's feat would be to jump from a high platform into a pool of water, making a big splash, drenching all the clowns. Dumbo was terrified of the prospect and sadder than ever.

One day a group of mischievous crows befriended Dumbo and learned of his play. One of them plucked a feather from his tail and brave it to Dumbo. He told Dumbo the feather would give him the ability to fly. The crows later laughed among themselves at the joke. They knew a feather could not make an elephant fly.

The day came when Dumbo had to climb the high platform. In quivering terror, he walked to the edge of the platform and held the feather tightly at the end of his trunk. Whether he leaped or was pushed, I do not remember. When Dumbo left the platform, lo and behold, he did fly! His large ears spread out like the wings of a glider! He was airborne! He soared above the crowd! Everyone was amazed! Dumbo became the star act of the circus! No one made fun of him after that!

So Dumbo continued to perform his amazing act, always holding on to the feather. Then one day he accidently dropped the feather. He felt a rush of fear – fear that he would plummet to the ground. Instead, he stayed aloft. How? It was not the feather – it was his own ears that made it possible for Dumbo to fly.

Edna smiled. Unlike those of really great storytellers, my metaphors are highly transparent. “So maybe it was not cigarettes that got me through those tough times – is that what you're saying? Maybe cigarettes are just a crutch?”

“Maybe the strength you demonstrated come from inside – not from cigarettes.

She kept smiling. “Thanks for that story. It gives me something to think about.”

In psychotherapy, metaphors afford a neat, non-confrontational way to deliver a different point of view that can shift a client's thinking in a new direction. Of course, there was one flaw in my story that Edna missed. Dumbo was not addicted to his feather in the way she was addicted to nicotine.

For Dumbo, the feather had a placebo effect. Believing in the purported power of the feather, he accomplished a feat that seemed impossible. Placebos set up an expectation that allows people to tap into some unexplained ability within them – often the ability to heal an illness or treat pain.

Cigarettes did the same for Edna – and for many people who smoke. In fact, in his book, First Things First, Stephen Covey noted that addictive circumstances and behaviors give people and an “artificial sense of self-worth, power, control, security, intimacy, or accomplishment.” We give addictive sources more credit than they deserve – while underestimating our own capabilities.

Our addictions seem to rescue us in moments of difficulty because that's the nature of addiction. The first thing we want when we feel afraid or overwhelmed is to find relief or comfort – no matter how temporary – and no matter the long-term costs. Addictive substances work especially well when they are convenient, within reach, and deliver that relief quickly. So we reach for the drink or the cigarette or the donut. With that moment of comfort or relief, we may find the clarity and courage to proceed. Fortunately, we can accomplish the same result in safer and healthier ways.

The problem with addiction, as Covey also noted, is that addictions ever exacerbate the problems and feelings that they bought to remedy. Sometimes the consequences of addiction, themselves, become the crisis, the threat, the vulnerability. Recovery and sobriety require that we find within ourselves the strength to get through the tough times. I choose to believe that, as Dumbo demonstrated, we all possess the potential to do so.

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How to Quit Smoking Today – Right Now

New Year's Day is everyone's first choice of when to quit smoking.

“I do not have to quit now. I'll do it on the first of January.”

Or maybe you choose another month “I'll give up on the first of February, March, April or maybe I'll quit on my birthday.”

Yeah, that's because it's so easy you can pick your day and just do it.

But we all know that's not true at all.

If you smoke it's because you have to. Not because you want to. If you wanted to then you would not want to quit.

Giving up cigarettes is not always possible because it's so hard to do.

But giving up gradually is easy, because once you start to quit, you will not really notice you're doing it so it's easy.

But before you begin to quit you need to be in the right mindset. You have to want to quit.

It's no good telling yourself that you're going to do it.

You have to want to do it.

You have to hate smoking. You have to be sick and tired of needing cigarettes all the time.

Your desire to quit smoking has to be much greater than your desire to keep smoking.

You have to stop thinking of yourself as a smoker who's quitting, and start thinking of yourself as a non-smoker who's in the processes of letting go.

In other words, you have to not be thinking that you can only quit smoking if there's something that will make you quit. You have to be the one to make you quit. There is no magic pill or magic nicotine patch. They can help you get there, but you have to want to go.

So what you need is a goal, which is to quit smoking.

Next you need a process of how you're going to do it.

Then you simply work the process.

Once you start working your process to quitting, you will not have to think about your goal any more. Just work your way through your process and ever you'll reach your goal.

And once you get there, you'll not only feel richer in health and richer financially, you'll feel empowered because you'll finally be back in control of your life.

With the right process to quitting smoking it's easy to get started and easy to do. You can just download a complete guide to quitting smoking and you can start today. It really is that easy.

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Quit Smoking Marijuana – Open the Curtain On Your Life

When a middle aged man quit marijuana using hypnosis he described it as pulling back the curtain and seeing life properly for the first time in many years. Obviously pot is a popular social drug but for some the gloss wears off and all that is left is a habit which takes them away from a happy life.

One women told me her life had closed down. Smoking every evening she did not feel like going out and doing normal fun things like the movies or going to a restaurant.

She avoids staying at anyone else's home and worried about being caught smoking while on holidays. Travel always involved extra risk of buying from unfamiliar people.

She was just sick and tired of smoking, but felt trapped in the loop of smoking to relax and reduce stress, but felt increasingly stressed about the effect it was having on her life and her health.

There was nothing cool about smoking anymore, she just felt like she was over it, except like so many bad habits humans have she kept doing it in spite of her wishes.

This is where hypnosis was so helpful. Consciously she wanted to quit, but her unconscious was locked in an old framework, back to the days when she did enjoy it, when her friends smoked and they laughed about getting the munchies and she felt pretty cool.

These memories were still alive in her unconscious mind, plus all the times she used pot to escape from her feelings and stresses.

Hypnosis goes to the heart of the problem and quickly helps you to let go of the past beliefs and introduce the new helpful beliefs and strategies which allowed her to stop smoking marijuana and recover her life.

In addition to hypnosis experience shows that some other strategies need to be used as well. One thing that upsets new positive habits more than anything else is a stressful event. So we need to develop ways to manage stress on a day to day basis so that if something big comes along then we have the emotional resilience to cope with it.

This applies to everyone, but especially to anyone making a big change in their lives. Lastly creating a reward system. Small rewards for daily successes and sometimes a big reward for being free from pot for one year.

We all like rewards and given the cost of smoking you should be able to plan something great at the end of a year.

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Quitting Smoking – The Habit Of Quitting

Smoking cigarettes is a habit, a very powerful habit and no one disputes that. But that is simplifying a more complex issue.

It's actually a lot of habits, all having their own triggers. So to quit smoking you have to understand your own habit of smoking, to understand the habit of quitting.

Smoking when driving is a different habit than smoking when on the phone which is different than smoking when bored or stressed.

The triggers are different but the action and the reward are the same. There are many triggers that smokers have in common and some that are unique to just you. It is likely that you have at least a dozen different triggers.

The good news is that you do not have a dozen problems, just one, you smoke, but you do have a core trigger. It's that one trigger that really drives your smoking habit.

It could be smoking while on the phone if your phone calls are particularly stressful, but probably not if most of your calls are social in nature. So take some time to consider which trigger is the master trigger.

This is the one you will need to focus on when you have your quit smoking hypnosis session. Basically once this trigger is removed then the rest will be easy to manage.

Next is the reward. What drives you to smoke is the benefit. Some people like the taste, but not many. For some it's a reason to take a break, some see it as a way to relax or reduce stress. This is the second clue to quitting smoking.

You will have several rewards just as you have several triggers but what is your master reward? What is the most important reason you smoke.

It's most likely that your master trigger will relate to your master reward. This is going to make quitting so much easier. Even if it does not then you are only left with two issues to deal with when quitting.

You no longer have this huge problem with multiple tentacles to deal with, your smoking problem has been reduced to its core issues, and it's this issue which will be the focus of your quit smoking hypnosis session.

The best way to work this out is if you write down a list of all your triggers and all your rewards. In most cases people will quickly realize where the master triggers and rewards lie and this is the perfect place to start your life as a non smoker.

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Quit Smoking Marijuana And Come Alive Again

Some of my quit smoking clients also want to quit smoking marijuana as well, or some have quit cigarettes but now want to be free of pot as well.

Most of these people are in their thirties and many of them tell me the same thing. That they never thought they would be adult smokers. They thought that marijuana was a thing to do in their youth and into their early twenties.

But as they settled down with a family they would naturally stop doing it. But for some reason it's not the case, they keep smoking but do not enjoy it as much.

The remember the early days of smoking pot, it all seemed so much fun, but now it just seems to make them tired.

One client said it looked as if marijuana was sucking the life out of her body. But it was a habit which was so ingrained into her life that she could not seem to live without it.

If you want to quit smoking pot then you need to identify what benefits you feel you get from it. Plus what are your triggers for smoking. When do you do it, where are you at the time? Do you have a fixed routine or is your smoking completely random.

All habits have a trigger, an action and a reward. Part of the solution is noticeing all of these. Eg certain friends come around, this is your trigger, you smoke marijuana, this is the action, and you enjoy the relaxed mellow feeling, this is the reward.

Or you put the children to bed, the trigger, you smoke, this is the action and you feel relieved and calm, the reward.

In many cases the triggers will remain but you need to do something else than smoke and then notice the reward and focus on it.

The second part of the quitting process is using hypnosis to make the whole process much easier. This will help release your connections to smoking and to separate you from your old triggers. Hypnosis will work with your exact triggers and reasons for smoking pot and even address the exact places you smoke.

In addition your new desired feelings will be introduced during hypnosis, making it much easier for you to create new actions and new rewards.

Between the conscious process of creating new habits and the hypnosis you will be able to create a drug free life for yourself.

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How to Go On From Smoking to Nonsmoking Mode

Our family lived in a small apartment once upon a time. We were only three little sisters then. Mom and Dad had a lot of responsibilities to take care of within the family. Additionally, Dad was working at the University. He found it hard to go on given all the pressures of life. So he took up smoking to be tension-free and relaxed. But the interesting point is that he historically cave up smoking. So how did he go on from smoking to nonsmoking mode? How you can too. This is what this article is about.

Dad used to finish one pack after another one of cigarettes in one day. He was addicted to it. The more he smoked, the stronger was his addiction until one day he had severe chest pain. He was in his forties then. He thought he should check up with the doctor, and he did.

Well, the doctor had an X-ray of his chest and found his heart to have developed ischemia. Dad was scared to death. He asked the doctor what his options were and what he could do to improve his health condition. Obviously, as you guessed, the doctor asked him to be on a strict diet plan and completely abandon smoking. Was it possible for Dad? Time would show Dad was a great guy of promise.

He formed a plan for himself. He started having smaller portions of his meals, without putting too much restriction. He reduced his smoking habit from several packs to one pack per day, then from one pack to several cigarettes per day until he smoked five per day. After this stage, he promised us he would get rid of it from his system completely. Did he do that? Yes, in the days that followed, he would be smoking one or two cigarettes until his promise was as good as gold. Yes, he cave up smoking altogether.

Relatives and friends were taken up by surprise and longed to know his secrets. And he only has one of his wide grins. We, the sisters were proud of him. He made it until 14 years later when he had his first heart attack and got ill. After several more attacks, he was no more able to survive. But he got 14 more years of his life just because he made a wise choice of giving up smoking altogether.

How many of you out there can be like my Dad? I urge you to give up smoking because it is so hazardous to health and hence, one's longevity. This is my golden advice to you, having experienced Dad's journey from smoking to nonsmoking mode. You will have a life full of happiness, vibrancy and flexibility and a whole lot more if you dare to make a wise choice now. I promise you that with all my heart.

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7 Ways How Smoking Messes Up Your Digestion

You are smoking cigarettes not eating them so smoking can not be that bad for your stomach … can it? It can and it is. Like all good stories this begins at the beginning.

1. The Look To Die For

Cigarette smoke, unless you are doing something very wrong and / or original, coming through your mouth. That smoke slowly cooks your face, gives it a nice yellow hue.

Your mouth is a starting point of your digestive system, and the first thing smoke does, it gets rid of that boring white color from your teeth.

You might say that more color is good and yellow smile is like a yellow sun. If you get tired of brightening the day for everyone with your sunshine colored smile – a bit of elbow grease, stain remover and you are as good as new.

2. More Teeth, More Problem

The bigger problem is that smoking decreasing the amount of air in your gums and stimulates growth of bacteria.

That's why gum disease and tooth loss in adults is much more common in smokers. The most common excuse for smoking is “it calms me” but face it – smoking only creates problems and these problems just keep piling up.

But that is not important to you – you prefer smoothies anyways. Let's see what cigarette smoke does to your stomach.

3. Feel The Burn

Your stomach is a bucket of acid which you use to digest food. It's in your best interest to keep that acid in this bucket. You have a special valve that does that. Smoking allows acid to flow into food pipe.

You have things to do and you can not spend every waking moment smoking but you still want to feel that great feeling. You are in luck as for those times when you are not sucking on a cigarette, smoking has conveniently weakened this valve.

This way smoking lets you realize your childhood dream of being a dragon by giving you a near constant heartburn.

4. Your Stomach Starts Eating Itself

Unfortunately it's not all good news as smoking continues its mission and messes up with production of acid and protection of your bucket. Have you ever thought “how come acid dissolves my food but does not dissolve me”? That's because stomach is a place of harmony and peace.

Once you start introducing cigarette smoke or other crap, it's like you are throwing stones at a sleeping lion. It will ever wake up and tear your face off. In this case smoking messes up the stomach balance and you get painful sores, called ulcers, in your stomach.

Ulcers are more likely to heal if you stop smoking.

5. Spare Your Liver

Smoking does its magic on your organs indirectly as well. Good example is your liver. It is a filter that cleans your blood. When you smoke you add large amounts of additional chemicals to your blood and those are not vitamins.

Every filter has its limit. Smoking adds large quantities of toxins and increases oxidative stress on liver. Liver of a person who smokes is worse at filtering blood and is at a greater risk of shutting down completely.

Liver has a lot of work on its hands as it is. It already has an exciting and fulfilling life so by smoking you are not doing it any favors.

6. Good News Keep On Coming

Another “advantage” smokers have is an increased chance of getting Crohn's disease. This disease helps you better understand jokes about diarhea and stomach pain by making them painfully relatable. It is an inflammatory disease which can affect you anywhere in your digestive system – from anus to mouth.

Smoking increases the risk of getting this disease significantly and if you suffer from frequent stomach pains, diabetes and experience fever and weight loss – see a doctor and quit smoking!

7. “Best” For Last

Finally smoking greatly increases the risk of developing cancer. Cancer is your own cell one day deciding that it does not want to be a productive member of the society that is your body.

Your body is like a city only the population of your body is in trillions. Smoking is the bad influence that pushes cells to turn to the dark side. Cigarette smoke bombs your cells with radioactivity and toxins that stimulate these negative mutations.

This is why smoking is a leading cause of mouth, lip, voice box, lung, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon and rectum cancer.

Smoking is just a fire, that in addition to all the toxins you would expect to find in a burning chemical plant also gives you nicotine.

Nicotine is a nasty thing by itself and if you think that it calms you or helps you to be more focused you are only fooling yourself. You are only very temporarily quenching withdrawal symptoms perpetuating this circle of misery.

Understand that smoking is not giving you anything positive. It is just perpetuating itself while you enjoy all the benefits of getting poisoned.

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Deaths and Disease From Smoking

Deaths in Australia

Tobacco smoking is one of the largest causes of preventable illness and death in Australia. Research estimates that two in three lifetime smokers will die from a disease caused by their smoking. The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Australia is for the financial year 2004-05. Tobacco use caused a total of 14,901 deaths in that year.

Deaths in Victoria

The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Victoria is for the financial year 2008-09. In that year, 3,793 people died from diseases caused by smoking. This figure includes the deaths of 8 children and 27 adults from secondhand smoke.

Disease and health problems caused by smoking

Cancer of the lung, throat, mouth, tongue, nose, nasal sinus, voice box, oesophagus, pancreas, stomach, liver, kidney, bladder, ureter, bowel, ovary, cervix, and bone marrow (myelitis leukemia). Smoking-related cancers accounted for about 13% of all cancer cases in 2010.

Heart disease. Around 30% of all cases of heart disease in those under 65 years are due to smoking.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPS) includes emphysema and small airways disease. Emphysema is rare in non-smokers.

Chronic bronchitis is a recurring cough together with frequent and increased phlegm. It occurs in about half of all heavy smokers.

Stroke. Smokers under 65 years are around three times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers of the same age.

Peripheral vascular disease is a narrowing of the leg treaties that can lead to blockage and, in some cases, amputation. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for this disease.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the bursting of the lower part of the aorta leading from the heart. It often leads to sudden death. Cigarette smoking is the main preventable risk factor for this disease.

Type 2 diabetes, and higher risks for diseases associated with diabetes in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Peptic ulcer disease in persons who are Helicopter pylori positive.

Eye diseases, such as oracular degeneration and cataracts.

Lower fertility in women.

Low bone density in older women and hip fractures in both sexes.

Periodontists, a dental disease that affects the gum and bone that supports the teeth.

Respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing, phlegm and wheezing. These symptoms occur in both child and adult smokers.

Faster decline in lung function, which is measured by how much air you can breathe out during a forced breath. All adults lose lung function as they age but this process occurs earlier and faster among smokers.

Impaired lung growth along child and adolescent smokers and early afternoon of lung function decline in late adolescence and early adulthood.

Problems during pregnancy and childbirth including restricted fetal growth and low birth weight, topic pregnancy, complications that can lead to bleeding in pregnancy and the need for cesarean section delivery, and shortened time in the womb and preterm delivery (the baby is carried for less than 37 weeks). Smoking during pregnancy also causes death in early infancy (particularly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), reduced lung function in childhood, and oral clefts (eg harelip) in infants.

Erectile dysfunction. Men who smoke increase their risk of impotence, and may have reduced semen volume, sperm count and sperm quality.

Tuberculosis disease and death.

Rheumatoid arthritis.

Worsening asthma. Smokers with asthma have poorer asthma control, faster declination in lung function, more airway infection, and get less benefit from some asthma medications, compared to non-smokers with asthma.

Smoking as a risk factor

Cigarette smoking is also a risk factor associated with a number of health problems, including:

Breast cancer in women.

Croon's disease (a chronic bowel disease).

Back pain.

Cirrhosis of the liver and bile ducts, and pancreatic.

Complications during and after surgery, including delayed wound healing and increased risk of infection, drug interactions, lung complications and breathing difficulties.

Further complications during pregnancy and childbirth including miscarriage, and birth defects such as clubfoot, heart defects and gastroenteritis (the guts protruding through an opening in the abdominal wall). Smoking in pregnancy also increases the risk of the child being overweight or obese.

Childhood cancer (hematologist) where the mother or both parents smoked before and during pregnancy.

Childhood leukemia where the father or both parents smoked before the pregnancy.

Period pain and early menopause in women. Smoking may increase the risk for painful periods, missed periods and irregular periods. Women may also experience more menopausal symptoms.

Facial skin wrinkling tends to occur earlier.

Skin diseases, such as psoriasis and tendinitis suppuration (painful boils or abscesses in the groin and underarm).

Increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections, ranging from the common cold through to influenza, pneumonia, meningeal disease, legionnaires disease, tuberculosis, and bacterial vaginas.

Motor vehicle crashes, death from injury in accidents, house fire deaths, and burn injuries.

Alzheimer's disease (dementia) and cognitive (brain function) decline.

Autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

Hearing loss.

Poorer sense of smell and taste.

Lower fitness.

Sleep disorders.

More fat around the abdomen (gut), which raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and metabolic problems.

Tooth decay and loss, and dental implant failure.

In combination with the contraceptive pill, smoking increases a woman's risk of heart attack and stroke. This risk increases dramatically with age, particularly over the age of 35 years.

Nicotine also interacts with a range of drugs, affecting how well they work and how they are processed by the body.

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Quit Smoking – Cigarettes Are The Old Sugar

In recent weeks I've heard it said that sugar is the new smoking and also that sitting for long periods is the new smoking. All of this is meant to scare people into more activity while avoiding sweets.

But the reality for you is that smoking is the new smoking. It's the number one problem in your life and all this other advice is of little importance to you if you do not quit smoking.

The latest figures from china are that one million people a year will die from smoking, and they are just waking up to the real impact of cigarettes on their population. Meanwhile in Australia the government keep making more rules prohibiting smokers from public places and raising taxes.

All the while running television ads talking about how hard it is for your brain to quit the nicotine habit. The rules just make smokers angry and the ads convince many that they will never quit.

I'm sure the government advertisers have never smoked a cigarette in their life. Now the latest plan by the opposition government is to increase cigarettes to $ 40 a packet. In one breath they say it will reduce smoking, in the next breath they say they will raise an extra massive amounts in extra tax.

So which is it, if they are already counting the extra tax dollars they are assuming that it will have little effect on smokers habits.

My advice to you is to forget about governments, and taxes, and advertisements and statistics and focus one just one thing, you and your life.

At the end of the day it's all about you, cigarettes are bought with your money and it's you who has to live in your body and with the consequences of your habit and your choices.

It's you who will have to look in the eyes of loved ones as they watch you suffer, but the good news is that it is you who will decide to quit, and you who can pick up the phone and book your quit smoking hypnosis session.

It will take you total commitment and the skill of your hypnotherapist, but it's highly likely that you will quit smoking forever. Can you imagine what a relief this will be, all of those smoking problems will no longer be something you ever have to think about.

It just leaves sugar and sitting down, but one thing at a time.

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Quit Smoking – Make It More Than an Empty Resolution

New Year has come and gone with millions of resolutions made, and most likely the major of them will not be successful. The problem with resolutions is that most people make them in a half hearted way.

It's as if there is no real expectation of following through so we just make them usually while drinking champagne and singing loudly. After the hangover of the New Year has lifted the resolution is reduced to a good idea at best.

OK so not everyone makes drunken goals at New Year but most do not follow through, some do not even bother anymore to avoid failing. So how about this year if you really want to quit smoking you do not consign it to the resolution basket.

This year make it your priority to quit and January looks like the perfect month for it. Do not wait for the right time as it will never happen, there is always some new drama or crisis or just the usual businesses.

I saw a client just before Christmas, he phoned four hypnotherapists, I was the fourth, the first two did not return his calls and the third told him he should come back in the New Year as it was a waste of time doing it days before Christmas.

But this person had made a decision and was determined to take action. When he called I was in an elevator in a hospital going to visit my dad in the cancer ward. My ring tone was musical and the four nurses in the life with me started dancing, it was surreal, but fun and lifted my mood as I entered the ward.

This is the type of decision you need to make, get serious, draw a line in the sand and just plow straight ahead. I guarantee if you call me and I can not answer straight away I will call you back ASAP. Because I understand the power of your decision.

Your resolution needs support, so tell friends and family, you know, the ones who will hold you accountable and keep at you until you make that appointment to quit smoking. Then pick a date as soon as possible and book your stop cigarettes session.

You may be surprised that the combination of your commitment and hypnosis will make quitting much easier than you imagined, and that your past quitting experiences were nothing to go by, and un-unnecessarily difficult.

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Quit Smoking – They’re Just All Habits

What do Smoking, exercise, healthy eating, unhealthy eating, sleeping in and getting up early all have in common? They are all habits.

Some are simple some are complex but all come about by making some simple decisions over and over until those behaviors become automatic and therefore a habit.

Remember when you started smoking, I bet you did not like it, why would you, no one likes the taste of burning paper and dried up plant matter, no one really likes the irritation of smoke in their lungs.

But you may have thought it was cool, tough, or renovated, or looked older or you were part of the gang so you persisted and after a few packs you got used to the taste, and your lungs gave up trying to warn you that smoking was not a good idea.

So the habit developed. You saw people smoking when stressed so you did to. You saw them smoke with coffee or alcohol so you did to. Over time you developed more and more habits within the smoking world.

Is not it interesting that different people have a different relationship with cigarettes. Many smoke when stressed, but not all, some never make the connection. Some smoke in their house or cars and some have created rules which never allowed that habit to develop.

Some smokers swear they can not speak on the phone without smoking and some never do.

So what does this say about smoking and nicotine? One drug with many different aspects, or just a collection of habits centered around cigarettes.

To successfully quit smoking you need to do three things.

  1. Decide that you have had enough and that you are absolutely committed to quitting smoking.
  2. Start to plan how you will spend your day without cigarettes. What will you do when you take a break, answer the phone or driving, how will you manage stress, or what you will do when you have alcohol or coffee. You do not have to worry about this but you do need to give it some thought so that you do not have to suddenly face this when you quit. That is one of the causes of failure.
  3. Book and attend your quit smoking hypnosis session and follow all advice given to you.

When you quit smoking you will develop new habits and behaviors to stay that way or you may slip back, this could be the most important thing you do.

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