Quit Smoking – The Only Man In The Street

Recently in Brisbane we had a huge downpour of rain following a tropical cyclone in the north of the state.

On the heaviest day schools were closed and most shops as well. Late in the day during a lull in the rain I walked outside of our inner city apartment and the streets were empty of people and cars.

All except for one man, standing alone outside of an office building, as I was trying to stop my umbrella from self destructing I realized he was smoking.

It was a scene, which would have been at home in a French noir film.

The lone smoker reminded me of a current anti-smoking advertisement showing a worker by himself while his co-workers had lunch inside, then a shot of a women smoking by herself while her family sat together inside watching television.

This kind of scene is being played out all over the country every day and every night as life passes them by. An older lady told me she is the only smoker in her retirement village and she keeps to herself so that no one knows.

As a result her life has contracted so much that she feels like a hermit and is very unhappy.

Sure there are plenty of smokers who smoke with friends but a large number are solo lonely smokers, hiding from the world and trying not to be noticed.

If you are a lone smoker, have you ever stopped to wonder what you are getting from it, how much fun are you having? How satisfing is it?

So what is it about smoking that keeps you trapped? If you think you can not quit then it's a wrong belief, because hypnosis is extremely effective for those who are committed.

So now you know how to quit or you are not really that committed. Maybe you like the taste or the smell, maybe you feel cool with a smoke in your hand, I hope not because you do not.

Maybe you smoke because you are stressed; well you know that causing a boost of stress hormones to flood through your veins is not very relaxing.

I bet you that if you stop and be honest with yourself you will not be able to find one singe viable reason to smoke.

So why not do yourself a huge favor and just quit, and do not forget that hypnosis will make it so much easier than you ever imagined.

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Quit Smoking – Does Your Religion Help You Or Hinder You?

Every smoker who wants to quit cigarettes brings their belief system with them to the hypnosis session. This includes your religious beliefs.

There are two schools of thought I have encountered.

  1. The mind is God's domain and hypnosis is verging on an evil intrusion. However I have seen some Christian hypnosis being offered which I assume somehow bi-passes the whole evil thing.
  2. The second belief uses religious belief to help the person to quit smoking. These thoughts belong to the person and are not recommended by the practitioner without my client raising the subject.

They see the session as a form of concentrated prayer and feel comfortable and confident with hypnosis.

The important point is that you as a smoker can use your beliefs to help you to quit and if you have strong religious beliefs you obviously have faith in a higher power so why not use your faith to help you to give up smoking.

I do not see hypnosis as spiritual or supernatural. To me it is an elegant way of accessing that part of us which makes the real important decisions and it empowers us to make a significant change without the expected stress.

An important point that is useful for everyone to remember is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and requires the full consent and co-operation of the person in the chair.

The crazy things you have seen on television that hypnosis victims do, is a load of rubbish. Anything is possible on TV. You will not do anything that is outside of the boundaries of your personal moral code. So hypnosis can only refer to the thing you want to change, because that is all you have given your permission for.

So when you come in for your session you are giving permission only to help you to quit smoking and nothing more. If I asked you to hand over your keys or wallet, you would open your eyes and say no.

Beliefs are at the heart of quitting smoking. Beliefs that it will be hard to quit, or beliefs that you will not manage your stress or boredom.

Beliefs that being a non smoker will mean losing or giving up an important part of your life.

The problem with beliefs is that we think that they are true, and then we seek more information to confirm these beliefs, such as gathering with other smokers and confirming how hard it is.

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Quit Smoking – What Is Your Smoking Style?

I was recently having an early morning coffee at Mooloolaba beach. A few metres in front of where I sat was a very fit young woman, she surprised me by lighting up a cigarette.

I noticed the glances a few walkers cave her as they sped by, perhaps a whole series of judgments in their minds. But none of this was remarkable except for the way the young women smoked her cigarette.

She put on a performance I have never seen except in a movie or a burlesque show. She raised her elbow high and tipped her head back as she dragged on her smoke.

Then she made a huge arc with her arm, dropping it to an outstretched position as she kept her head back with here eyes closed.

In between drags she literally strutted pointing her toes as she stepped like a dancer. This show was repeated until she had sucked the last bit of life from her cigarette.

She appeared to be supremely confident, but I have to admit that I have no idea what she was thinking; perhaps she wanted to show the world that she can smoke if she wants.

I contrast her to another smoker I observed the same day, standing in a lane away from the café's with her body closed and her eyes cast down as if she was trying to be invisible.

So what is your style, do you stand confidently with your cigarette between your big fingers, do you hold your smoke between your finger and thumb as if to disguise it.

Do you consciously blow the smoke into the air away from others or just smoke the way you want.

Because I observe smokers, I can say that the majority does it in a way that appears to apologise or try not to be noticed.

Of course it does not matter if you smoke from the rooftops or standing on your head, it is the same for everyone.

The young women at the beach constantly her eccentric performance she was still sucking toxic smoke into her lungs, her arteries, her heart, her cells and into the very mitochondria which power her energy.

She will experience the same problems any other smoker can experience. And hopefully she is spared but if the worst happens I wonder if she will still strut as she wanders the lonely corridors of the chemo ward. Or she could use advanced hypnosis to quit smoking and keep on strutting while breathing fresh air.

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Quitting Smoking – Would You Like To Make A Bet?

I'm pretty sure that the sun will come up in the morning so I would bet on that. Aliens could invade the earth tomorrow but I would not like to take a wager on that.

In life there are all sorts of uncertainties and uncertainties and none of us ever know how the cards will fall. But in some areas of life we ​​know the odds more stacked for or against us.

As a smoker the odds that smoking will kill you are reasonably high. But the odds that smoking will make you sick are very high, and the odds that smoking will diminish the quality of your life is pretty much 100%.

The problem is that you do not know which group you will fall into, however you can get some clues by looking into your family history.

A background history of heart disease will increase your odds of a problem, just as obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet will compound the effects of smoking.

Most smokers are concerned about cancer, but heart disease and diabetes are also high on the betting tables.

Among all of these problems your chances of a healthy life are low and we have not even mention immune and breathing problems. So unless you are a chronic gambler you would not want to be laying any bets on your health.

Quitting is also about odds. Cold turkey is about 5%, patches around 2% according to UK health data, pharmaceuticals about 22% and hypnosis between 60% and 90% depending on whether it's done in a group, one to one and the skill and experience of the practitioner.

Another factor that can dramatically improve your odds is your level of commitment. The difference between giving hypnosis a go and coming to a session with a 100% commitment is vast.

Do not forget that hypnosis is helping you to change some deep feelings and beliefs about smoking, so if you are committed your unconscious mind will treat this seriously, if you are casual then your unconscious response will be casual, and your chance of success will be reduced.

The question is this; do you really want to gamble with your health, your life and your happiness, and do you want to give yourself the best odds of successfully quitting.

The last step to increase your odds of remaining a non-smoker for life is to carefully follow and instructions and strategies given to you by your hypnosis practitioner designed to help you in many areas of your life.

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Quit Smoking – Using Clear Language To Achieve Your Goal

Words have intense power to help, to damage, to confuse or to clarify. Out tone can mean we are being genuine or sarcastic, this must be extremely confusing for people trying to learn our language.

We make it even harder by speaking in metaphors, which would make no sense at all to a learner of English.

A smoker is at a crossroads in their lives. That has two meanings, of course you are not standing in the middle of the road but you are at a point where your life can go in a couple of directions depending on what choice you make.

We can create an equally confusing internal conversation. Eg you may say “I will try to quit smoking” You may even say this out loud with great conviction and your conscious mind is completely focused.

But the term “try” implies failure to your unconscious mind, to try and pick up a pencil means you will attempt to but not succeed. If your intention is to pick up the pencil then you simply declare that you will pick up the pencil and it will happen.

Remember Yoda in Star Wars telling Luke to “try not to do, but to do”

Another point of clarity is to be very clear about why you want to quit.

Because it's bad for me, or I guess I should quit, or my family wants me to quit, these kinds of reasons are weak and they will not help you to quit at all.

But if you said “I will quit because my lungs are suffering, and I can not breathe easily and I definitely do not want to get lung cancer because it will be so painful for me and my family and friends, and I don ' t want to waste my life being ill ”

This statement has a lot of power, and clarity and will drive you on to quitting, so that when you attend your quit smoking hypnosis you will be 100% focused on becoming a non-smoker.

Even when you look into your future it is dangerous to say things like “I do not know how I will manage without cigarettes, or I will not know what to do with my hands” etc.

How about seeing the future and simply saying “Life will be so much better as a non-smoker, it is so much easier to breathe, and I have lots of extra cash in my pocket each week.

Think clearly and speak clearly and quitting will be easier.

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Infertility: How To Quit Smoking

Smoking is unduly a bad habit that is difficult to cut out of your life. It is an unhealthy habit that can not only affect your organs but it can also affect your reproductive system and cause infertility. Women who smoke 20 cigarettes a day can reduce natural fertility by over 20%. In men, smoking can lead to low sperm counts and slow sperm motility. So if you are trying to have a baby, it is a good idea to quit sooner rather than later. The longer you smoke the more damage you cause to your reproductive system.

Here are a few tips on how to quit smoking.

  • Smoke less every day. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you reduce your smoking habit with one cigarette a day. On day 1 smoke 19 cigarettes, day 2 reduce it by 1 to 18 cigarettes and continue until you are down to 1 a day. When you get to 1 a day, continue for another week with only the 1 cigarette a day, thereafter skip a day until you completely forget or lose the interest to smoke anymore.
  • Use a nicotine patch. There are many nicotine patches on the market. Select one that resonates best with your circumstances and use it regularly. Set an alarm each morning that reminds you to put the patch on your skin.
  • Use nicotine gum. This method keeps your mouth busy with the nicotine gum and soon you will forget to smoke. Be careful not to become addicted to the habit of chewing the nicotine gum too much. This should only be a temporary method until you are able to let go of smoking altogether.
  • Get support from a friend or your partner. It is essential that you have support when trying to quit smoking. You will need a cheer leader, per se, that can cheer you on the bad days and encourage you to quit while reminding you why you are doing it. You are quitting in order so that you can increase your fertility.

Do not beat yourself up if you are not able to quit immediately. Not many people are able to achieve this, as nicotine is highly addictive. In most cases, a smoker quits smoking three times before they give up the bad habit absolutely. For advice on fertility and smoking statistics, you can visit a fertility clinic that will be able to give you information tailored to your requirements.

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Quit Smoking – What Is The Brick Wall You Keep Running Into?

Some things in life seem easy to achieve and some seem difficult, and some even feel impossible. If you are struggling to quit smoking, or if you can quit for a while but keep coming back to it then you need to firstly identify your brick wall and then learn how to demolish it, so that you can be a non- smoker.

The first question to ask your self is what does your brick wall look like, or how does it feel. Some examples are stress, anxiety, lack of confidence or self-belief. You may be bored, worried, or even happy.

One client told me he could not remember a special time in his life that did not include a cigarette, so his wall was the bond of friendship he had formed with cigarettes. One level he felt that quitting was like a kind of loss with grieving, even though on a logical level he knew that was silly.

A point here to remember is that your wall does not have to be logical. Our worries are strictly. But, they still exist.

Brick walls can be real, or imagined, but like a wall there is a way around it, a doorway through it or a wrecking ball to knock it down.

How you handle the wall is in part how your personality works. Some people can gradually cut down on their smoking, and for some the only way is to quit! 00% in one session.

But even if you are an all or nothing person you can start to chip away at your wall. Eg you believe that you need a smoke to relax. Ask yourself if that is true all the time. Most likely you can identify times and places where you relax without smoking.

Then you keep finding more and more of these times and places. You can then acknowledge that sometimes you need a cigarette to relax and sometimes you do not. This is like taking a few bricks from your wall.

When you come in for your quit smoking hypnosis session we keep pulling bricks out with a variety of strategies until the wall comes down, and then you can see past the wall, into a new life where you live a healthy life as non-smoker.

No matter what your wall is made of, it can be pulled down, because you built it in the first place over time, and you can destroy it.

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6 Important Points For Selecting A Quit Smoking Therapist

  1. Ensure your therapist is working with hypnosis. Even according to new scientist magazine hypnosis is by far the most successful way to quit. Because you are working with your unconscious mind, all of your inner strength and resources can be unleashed and used to support your change. Hypnosis does not involve willpower or sticking patches with toxic chemicals on your body, nor does it rely on powerful chemicals which are more likely to do more harm than good.
  2. Ask your therapist if they specialize in helping people to stop cigarettes. Hypnosis can be used for many things, but do you want a jack of all trades or a master of quit smoking?
  3. Does your practiceer have the confidence to help you quit in one session or like some do they want you to quit over a course of sessions, sometimes as many as six. At some point you have to finally quit so it might as well be in your first session, rather than drag it out. I believe it has to do with the belief system and confidence of the practitioner, or they just want you to pay more.
  4. Question if the fee is too cheap. Of course we all want a good price, but what we really want is results. Cheap practitioners do not stay in business very long. Over the years I have been in practice I've seen many budget practitioners come and go. Recently a man called me to book a quit session, I told him the price and he said the last time he quit he did it for a quarter of the price. Firstly the other hypnotist is not in business anymore, and secondly he had started smoking again.
  5. Are you offered a guarantee? I believe a period of 6 months is fair and reasonable. If they smoke again in that time they will get be supported. Beyond 6 months if a person starts again it's because they choose to do so. A life time guarantee makes no sense and I would not believe it. Money back guarantees sound good, but psychologically it is setting you up to not caring if you fail.
  6. Call your practitioner and have a chat for a few minutes and only book your session if you feel connected to this person and they instill a sense of confidence in your ability to quit.

Always remember to commit yourself 100% to quitting and approach it as if your life depends on it, because just maybe it does!

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Quit Smoking – What’s Your Epiphany?

Every day around the world millions of people want to quit smoking, or lose weight, go to the gym, start a business etc.

But as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. For smoking the facts speak for themselves. But facts do not make people change. If logic was a universal motivator then humans would always make good healthy choices.

Many smokers declare they are quitting on a regular basis but with little conviction and commitment, and so the attempt either fails to complete or fails to get started altogether. I know it's not about weakness; it's mostly about fear of failure or even the fear of having to cope with life as a non-smoker.

But the reality is, we more often than not need a big wake up call before we take action and sometimes more than one.

Some common epiphanies I have heard from clients are:

  1. A serious personal medical diagnosis, typically of cancer or emphysema. Cancer usually works buts emphysema only half the time initially.
  2. The diagnosis of another smoker with cancer, such as a family member or a friend. Strangely this has a medium success.
  3. Wanting to meet a new partner. This is a powerful motivator.
  4. Social embarrassment can motivate some.
  5. A sudden financial restriction. In Australia a smoker can easily spend from $ 5000-10,000 per year. An epiphany can be from a huge shock or as something as simple as watching your child play and be stuck by a sudden sense of guilt.

It may be something that just builds up and reaches the point where quitting is the only option.

It does not matter how your epiphany manifests, whether it be a lightening strike or a light bulb, what matters is that you pay attention and take action.

OK so what if you do not have an epiphany? One thing for sure you should not wait around for one to occur. And do not use the lack of a lightening bolt as a reason for not quitting. You probably have enough excuses already, so you certainly do not need another one.

It is also vital that you recognize your epiphany for what it is and have the courage to do what you know needs doing. That's right it's time to book your hypnosis quit smoking session and to set yourself free from the deadly shackles of smoking once and for all. Just remember that you can do it.

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The Most Important Part Of Your Quit Smoking Programme

I am a therapist and I use hypnosis to help clients quit smoking. So you would expect me to say that the most important part of your quit program would be your hypnosis session.

Perhaps it would be the hypnotic induction, or the secret hypnosis words used. Perhaps it's the homework that you are given to keep you on track.

Of course every part is important but there is one more part that I would plea is even more important than the others. It is the phone call you make to speak to your hypnosis practitioner about making an appointment for you to quit.

In many cases that phone call is just an appointment booking for a client or a sales opportunity for the practitioner. But it is an opportunity for so much more.

It's a chance to discuss your concerns with an interested stranger. To get you thinking about deeper reasons for quitting, than the usual health and family, which is fine but not nearly specific or powerful enough to motivate you to quit smoking.

Your practitioner can dig into your health status, looking for all the ways that cigarettes are affecting your life and that of your loved ones. The point is not to make you feel bad, but to help motivate you to take the final step to fully commit to quitting.

Sometimes the conversation takes an unexpected turn, occasionally I tell people not to book their appointment when they call, and this is for two specific reasons.

  1. The person is not quitting for themselves. they are giving in to pressure from friends, family, partner etc. Quitting is a business which needs commitment, and the hypnosis will fail, if they are just trying to please someone else.
  2. The person is not committed to themselves, they know it's a good idea to quit, they know that they should quit and they may even know about all the health problems, but still they are not ready to quit.

In such situations it's wrong to coerce a person into a quit session, which will fail and spoil their future experiences with hypnosis. Plus if this was you, I'm sure you would appreciate the honesty.

I would encourage you ensure that you have that conversation with your practitioner, and if they will not spend a few minutes with you look elsewhere, because your health is too important to entrust to someone you do not feel will do their best for you.

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How To Quit Smoking When You Are Sceptical Of Succeeding

One of the largest impediments to successfully quitting smoking is your internal belief system. Henry Ford once said that if you think you can or you think you can not either way you are right.

Of course that is easier said than done sometimes. But as you approach your hypnosis quit smoking session you can do so as a skeptical, which will flood your mind with doubt and anxiety.

I'm sure you can see how this would not be helpful for you achieving your goal.

But instead what if you could just put your skepticism aside and in its place allow yourself to just imagine yourself as a non-smoker. In your thoughts let that belief to settle into every cell of your body.

In the movie Run Lola Run there were two alternative scenarios played out, the difference being in the timing of a key event, which affected the outcome considerably.

Picture this, in one scene your skepticism prevails you from quitting smoking and your life continues on with increasing frustration with your habit and in time it leads to a health problem, which changes every aspect of your life and your future.

In the alternative scenario you decide that being a skeptical is of no value to you and help you in any way at all. In this moment you commit yourself 100% to quitting smoking. You decide that nothing will stop you from becoming a non-smoker.

You decide in advance, at a deep level that from the moment you arrive for your quit smoking session you will never smoke again. You commit to use every strategy offered to you.

You never smoke again no matter what challenges life may throw at you in the future. If you feel a desire to smoke you immediately use your anti-craving strategy and do it until any feeling feelings.

Your hypnotist will provide for you all the framework you need to quit, but you are a human being with free will and you will be free to smoke again any time you choose, but realize that you will be once again heading down the predictably bad road of the smoker.

Every day you could choose to drive your car at 100km per hour through the main street of your city, or you could drink a bottle of spirits then get in your car.

These are disastrous decisions and smoking is just as bad, but I'm sure you will never make any such decisions.

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Quit Smoking – 7,300 Metres Of Tobacco

The average smoker smokes 20 cigarettes a day for 20 years, which adds up to 7,300 meters or 7,908 yards of tobacco. This equates to approximately 1,460,000 draws of toxic smoke!

Holy cow, the human body must be amazing to survive even a fraction of this amount of smoke. What an amazing insult to human tissue.

Most smokers who blow just one lung full of smoke through a tissue are stunned as to how much staining is produced. So try to imagine 1,460,000 puffs. You would be looking at drums full of toxic sludge.

All of this sludge will have been through your lungs, your heart, your arms and into every cell of your body.

Sounds bad, and unfortunately it might be, but if you quit smoking with advanced hypnosis you can start to reverse the damage.

It will take time but every day you do not smoke you will repair some damage and bring you closer to better health.

Some parts of you will heal quickly and some will take longer, but one thing is certain, the recovery process can not start until you stop smoking.

And it does not matter how much you wish that smoking was not dangerous, it does not matter if you choose to ignore the risks, or think that somehow you have super powers and will not be affected like every other smoker. The facts about smoking can not be challenged.

But the best news is that the facts about quitting are just as clear. You quit, and you will benefit every living cell in your body, plus every healthy bacteria in your gut will do better and the health benefits will just keep on flowing to you.

Of course quitting is just the start of the process. You will now have the energy to exercise and to play and have fun. You can improve your diet and speed your recovery dramatically.

Most smokers let other areas of their health slide, because they think, what is the point of trying to be healthy, while they are smoking.

Certainly smoking will limit your health but sometimes it works to boost your diet and exercise to life your energy a little and give you the momentum to take the next step.

It really doesnt matter what drives you to make the final decision, as long as you make, and stick to it, and of course the sooner you do it the better, because you really do not need to inhale 1,460,000 times.

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Quit Smoking – The Domino Effect

I'm sure we have all seen the amazing domino set ups. Thousand of dominos falling one at a time to create an amazing pattern.

There are some important differences between dominoes and the domino effect from smoking.

  1. Domino displays are well thought out and with predictable consequences. Smoking cigarettes is rarely thought out at all and the consequences are highly unpredictable, not as to whether you will suffer, but how you will suffer, and for how long.
  2. Domino displays are fun and entertaining and harmless, inhaling toxic smoke may appear to be a kind of enjoyment but is anything but harmless.

In every smoker there is a domino effect, and there are many possible effects depending on genetics, epi-genetics (the effects of lifestyle on your genes), existing health status and the type of tobacco smoked and the number of cigarettes smoked.

The moist obvious pathway is within the lungs themselves. Lungs are very complex and nothing like balloons. Smoking creates a domino effect throughout the walls and the blood vessels of the lungs. Your throat is very similar. Lung and throat cancer are the shortest chains, both with terrible consequences.

Mid-range domino chains include heart disease, and the longest chain would be a leg amputation as a result of diabetic complications from smoking.

But even the mild chains still have consequences, you smoke 20 per day for 20 years and you have sucked on 146,000 cigarettes. The financial cost in Australia is between $ 125,000 and $ 138,000 depending on how you buy them. What could you have done with that much money?

The smoking starts and the dominoes start to fall. As the chain continues you find it a little harder to breathe. You puff climbing the stairs and sometimes you stop playing sport or pursuing your favorite leisure activities.

As more dominoes fall you notice more chest colds and sometimes bronchitis. Your coughing gets worse of a morning and you start to cough up phlegm.

The progress may move to emphysema and then the worse diagnosis of lung cancer. This is certainly not the dominoes of the old Greek guys playing outside their cafés, this is life and death dominoes.

Dramatics and fear aside, it is just a really bad idea to smoke on every level, so when you realize this, there is a solution at hand. Advanced hypnosis gives you the best possible chance of creating a healthy domino effect.

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Cigarette Smoking Makes Everything Worse

The list for things that cigarettes makes better does not exist. The list of things that are not affected by smoking is a very short one, and apart from the brief hit of dopamine you get from a smoke, I can not actually think of anything else to add to that list.

Physical Cost

And even the feel good dopamine gets over shadowed by the stress hormones that follow. There is a simple way to understand how smoking makes everything physically worse. Inside every artery in your body is a lining called the endothelium?

Every time you smoke a cigarette it disables the endothelium for up to four hours. This means that important energy creating and anti-oxidant chemicals such as nitric oxide do not get produced in the proper amounts.

So every artery covers 100% of blood flow delivering nutrients to every cell in your body, so simply put, the toxins from a cigarette go everywhere and affect everything.

Emotional Cost.

It's hard to measure the emotional cost of smoking, but the simple bio-chemical fact is that every cigarette causes you to create the stress hormone cortisol. The right amount of cortisol gives you energy, but too much depletes your energy, causing physical pain and can contribute to anxiety and depression.

Cigarettes offer only brief period of relaxation before the stress kicks in. But even worse is that by hiding your stress behind cigarettes you do not face your stress and it just builds up and makes you sick.

Financial Cost

Smoking makes your financial situation worse. I know that many clients tell me that the money does not matter, but there are fooling themselves. After all who would honestly prefer to waste thousands of dollars every year on tobacco when that same money could be spent on anything else.

In fact you would be way better off just piling up thousands of dollars each year and setting it on fire. As long as you do not stand close enough to inhale the fumes you would be way ahead compared to sucking in all of that toxic smoke.

Of course you could have a holiday, support your family or give it to charity. Anything but wasting it on cigarettes.

Social Cost

I wonder how many hours of family time you miss every year, how many times you have to leave a restaurant or social function to smoke. Only you would know how much smoking has cost you, do you really want that to continue.

So just book your advanced hypnosis session now and take back your life.

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Is Smoking In Your Genes?

I do not mean that you are genetically programmed to smoke, although a small percentage of smokers do carry this gene, it usually manifests in chain smoking and smoking the cigarette right down to the butt.

The interesting thing is that most people with this gene do not smoke.

This article reiterates the effect of smoking on your genes. The study of Epi-genetics looks at the 70% of gene expression that we can influence by our lifestyle and choices. One study showed that boys who started smoking at 12 would pass on the damaged gene to their children.

This is not surprising and you may be thinking that you did not start at 12, or that you are not a man. What impressed and concerned me about this study was the ability to pass on the negative effects of smoking to another generation, and also the likelihood that, the offspring would also be a smoker.

We know this is not always the case, some people smoke when brought up in a smoking family but fortunately many do not.

These kinds of studies are rare and expensive, and because no one is going to be able to create a drug as a result, they are hard to fund. This means that the epigenetic effect of smoking is largely unknown.

But you can be certain that if you are a smoker of child bearing or child producing age that you will be passing on some genetic effect to your child. So what happens if the unthinkable occurs and your child is born with a genetic health problem? It may have nothing to do with smoking, but it might!

It does not matter what the truth is, you will most likely feel guilty, and sad, and a whole collection of powerful emotions.

If you are reading this and a problem already exists, then do you best to forgive yourself, and go forward doing the best you can remember that 70% of genetics is under our control if we make the right lifestyle choices.

If you are considering a family, or even if it's just a vague desire somewhere in the future, then you can take back control of your genetics. Of course the first thing to do is to quit smoking, that is a no brainer. And the best way to do that is with advanced hypnosis.

Then you start the genetic rebuilding program which requires good diet choices and general healthy living.

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