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Facts You Need to Know About Smoking

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On average 23,000 people die each year from smoking related illness in Australia. Motor vehicle deaths per year account for a total of 1731 persons. Globally each year the kill rate from smoking is 350,000 people every month.

Smoking costs $21 billion per year in healthcare business and other related costs. Passive smoking in Australia kills over 200 people per year of which half are children. Tobacco smoke contains anything up to 4000 chemicals of which over 80 are carcinogenic. Smokers can spend anything from around $1000-$9000 per year. When a person smokes, 70% of tar remains in the lungs from any one cigarette. Tar flattens cilia, the hair-like structures in the bronchial tubes that act as our first line of defence to stop pathogens entering the body.

Each cigarette contains a deadly poison called Nicotine. This is used as a powerful pesticide. Three drops of nicotine are deadlier than three drops of rattlesnake venom. It tricks the brain into thinking it has a full supply of oxygen when in reality you are suffocating. Nicotine suppresses this feeling of suffocation. Nicotine depletes the body’s vitamin B. It also raises blood pressure causing hypertension and total serum cholesterol levels.

Some of the chemicals each cigarette contains are benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and acetone. When you are breathing in cigarette smoke you are also breathing in carbon monoxide which can be rapidly fatal. Cigarettes contain at least 30 metals including cadmium, aluminium, mercury and lead. Cigarette smoking can age a smoker by up to 15 biological years.

Why in the world would you ever want to smoke?

The Comfort Zone Disruption Method

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Hypnosis is a very relaxing, safe and effective method in helping people stop smoking for life. The induction process usually follows a pre-hypnosis talk with the hypnotherapist. It is very effective when a relaxation based induction is used. Generally the client will go into a medium to deep level trance state. They are aware of their surroundings but become so relaxed they don’t really care.

Most experienced hypnotherapists do not use a written script, finding that a more natural flow of communication is achieved without one. A direct suggestion approach is very effective for the delivery of the stop smoking message. When the client is brought out of the trance state, they are asked to avoid or change their comfort zones where they felt at ease smoking.

One client, a school teacher and a smoker of around thirty cigarettes per day, had a favourite spot in the garden of her home. She craved for the first cigarette of the day and would always have it while seated on a particular garden bench. Most of the other cigarettes were also smoked at this spot when she returned from the school. She agreed to have the bench removed temporarily and her smoking habit ceased from that first session. It caused a slight degree of discomfort but was a constant reminder that she was no longer a smoker. Within just a matter of a few days this client was amazed that she was not missing the cigarettes at all. That was 12 years ago and she hasn’t smoked since that first session.

A well-known author of hypnosis text books, Roger Allen from Portsmouth England, wrote on this almost trance like state where smoking is associated with certain activities. Once clients agree to change their seating location or comfort zone venues they generally become conscious of their behaviour change that smoking can’t be tolerated anymore.