Here’s what you need to know about nicotine if you want to QUIT smoking for good
WOW, congratulations on this 1st step towards quitting smoking for good! This information will give you a heads up on smoking and dismiss some common misconceptions smokers have.
Once you understand how smoking addiction works, this will support you to stay the course thru-out our program.
This information is some essential background knowledge to read before your sessions that will help you smash the smoking trap easily, painlessly and once and for all. We want you to be in a positive headspace before you even meet us for your 1st consultation – so read on.
Smoking misconceptions and myths
There are several misconceptions about smoking and nicotine that keep you trapped and addicted. These ‘myths’ are often started by the same people who benefit from you purchase the product.
This information will help you understand your addiction so you can avoid suffering and withdrawal pangs:
The 5 BIG MYTHS:
- Smoking is a ‘habit’
- Once a smoker – that’s it, you are trapped forever
- You will always suffer withdrawal symptoms once you quit
- The physical addiction to nicotine makes it difficult to stop
- Nicotine is not harmful
We won’t be going into detail about each of these myths here but here’s some information on how the nicotine trap works.
What is nicotine?
Nicotine, a colourless, oily compound, is the drug contained in tobacco that makes you addicted to smoking. It’s the fastest addictive drug known to mankind, and just one cigarette can get you hooked through the impact nicotine has on the brain.
Every puff on a cigarette delivers, via the lungs to the brain, a small dose of nicotine. Unlike other drugs, this ‘delivery system’ of the drug nicotine is extremely fast as it hits the brain with each breath. If there are twenty puffs for you in a cigarette, you receive twenty doses of the drug with just one cigarette.
What does nicotine work?
Nicotine is a quick-acting drug, and levels in the bloodstream fall swiftly to about half within thirty minutes of smoking a cigarette and to a quarter within an hour. This explains why most smokers average about twenty per day.
This information is so important that you should read it again and absorb it fully.
As soon as the smoker extinguishes the cigarette, the nicotine rapidly leaves and the body withdraws from the drug.
At this point lets dispel the illusion that smokers have about withdrawal pangs. Smokers think that withdrawal pangs are an unavoidable downside of stopping smoking. In reality, these pangs are mainly emotional. We are often more emotionally addicted to cigarettes than we are physically addicted – they become our ‘prop’. We feel they help us feel comfortable in social situations, or they keep our hands busy by giving us something to do when we are tired, nervous, anxious or just plain bored. We also use smoking as a way to avoid other habits that carry a negative emotional weight like eating. The sessions you do with us will address not only the physical issues you are worried about whilst quitting but more importantly the emotional issues as well.
Within seven seconds of lighting, a cigarette fresh nicotine is supplied and the pangs end, resulting in the feeling of relaxation and confidence that the cigarette appears to give to the smoker.
When we first start smoking, the withdrawal pangs and their relief are so slight we’re not even aware of their existence. Some smokers report they hated smoking, to begin with but due to social or emotional pressure they continue anyway. When we start smoking regularly we think it’s because we’ve either come to enjoy them or just got into the ‘habit’. The truth is we’re hooked emotionally but don’t realise it. AND we’ve created a nicotine gremlin inside our stomach – then we have to feed it.
All smokers start smoking for stupid reasons although this may not have been apparent at the time. We often start smoking to try to be like others, part of the gang or just to fit into our peer group. Nobody must start smoking. The only reason anybody continues smoking, whether they be a casual or a heavy smoker, is to feed that gremlin and to deal with the emotional effects of not having their helpful little friend.
What is the cost of not quitting today?
Have you ever asked your self how much money you are spending on cigarettes per week? Smoking hurts your health and your back pocket. A pack of cigarettes now costs more than $35 on average. Did you know that cigarettes have increased in price over the last 5 years by 64%? And if you think the cost is slowing down it’s time to think again.
- An average smoker (on a pack per day) is spending between $200 and $250 per week. Once you quit you will be saving more than. $12,000.00 per year. If there are 2 smokers in your house…. You get the picture. Your investment with us is a minuscule price to pay for your health.
- Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia killing 1 Australian every 28 minutes or around 50 Australians daily, 350 each week, and around 19,000 yearly.
- Smoking causes 20% of all cancers, 21% of all heart disease and costs $12.7 billion a year in health care, lost productivity and other costs (1998).
- The decline in the adult smoking rate has stalled on around 25% of the population, with smoking rates of women showing the least decline and rates of smoking amongst indigenous Australians remaining well above the national average.
- A child who starts smoking aged 14 years, is 5 times more likely to die of lung cancer than someone who began smoking at 24, and 15 times more likely to die of lung cancer than someone who has never smoked (Doran, Girgis, Sanson-Fisher, 1998Australian Journal of Public Health vol22 no3).
What Happens When You Stop Smoking
According to statistics compiled by the American Lung Association, your body will begin going through the following changes as soon as you STOP SMOKING.
- Blood pressure drops to normal
- Pulse rate drops to normal
- The body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
- Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
- Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
- Chances of heart attack decrease
- Nerve ending start regrowing
- Ability to smell and taste improves
- Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
- Lung capacity increases
- Circulation improves
- Walking becomes easier
- Lung function increases up to 30%
- Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease
- Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
- Body’s energy level increases
- Lung cancer death rate for average smoker decreases from 137 to 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people
- Pre-cancerous cells are replaced with normal cells
- Risk of other cancers, including those of the mouth, voice box, esophagus, bladder, kidney & pancreas decrease.
ALL THESE BENEFITS ARE LOST WHEN YOU SMOKE EVEN ONE CIGARETTE A DAY.
Are you Ready?
We offer a 3 session package to QUIT.
This includes: 3 X 1hr sessions to
- Learning how to emotionally manage when you QUIT
- Learning how to physically manage when you QUIT
- Putting the lot together with Hypnosis and Stress Management techniques that you will have for life
Have you ever imagined what would it feel like to be a Non-Smoker for life?
- All the money you will save which you could spend on holidays, the house, the wedding, the kids’ schooling, that car you want, etc.
- Imagine the awesome increase in your self- esteem and the tremendous confidence you will feel because you are now in control!
- The years you will add to your life as your smoking-related health risks decrease and a new healthy lifestyle begins.
- You might find increased energy levels and good health, as you breathe easier and feel better than you have in years!
- Imagine the powerful sense of accomplishment you will feel. For achieving this life-changing goal.
- You might find the satisfaction of becoming a whole new person – the person you always wanted to be!
- Never again having to sneak away and smoke in the shadows outside restaurants and other venues to feed your nicotine addiction.
- Never having to suffer the disapproving looks of disappointment from friends or family members.
- You will be setting a great example for children and other smokers.
Benefits for all ages
Are you under 35?
If you quit before age 35, then your life expectancy is like someone who has never smoked.
Are you under 50?
If you quit before age 50, then your risk of dying in the next 15 years is reduced by half when compared to people who continue to smoke.
For people of all ages
Best of all – quitting at any age doesn’t just increase life expectancy – it also improves quality of life!
If you are sick of worrying about your increased risk of suffering from emphysema, lung cancer or other deadly smoking-related illnesses, or if you are tired of feeling powerless while other people seem to just decide to quit, don’t hesitate, book in to QUIT now.
Call us on 5998 4554 and our practitioners will be happy to give you the support you need to quit smoking for good.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Smoking
There are millions of people around the world who suffer from various illnesses due to smoking cigarettes. Although the cigarette packet itself warns against cancer risks due to smoking, many smokers find it difficult to quit.
Many smokers have tried many techniques to quit smoking but failed. This is where hypnotherapy for smoking comes in handy. Many people have been able to quit smoking for good due to hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy works to prevent the habitual thinking, behaviours and emotional patterns that revolve around smoking.
These thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are what prevents the smoker from understanding how easy it can actually be to QUIT using hypnotherapy.
When an individual makes the decision to stop smoking, it is important to change their perspectives around cigarettes. Hypnosis is one of the most effective methods of doing it. It is more powerful compared to most of the other methods used to stop smoking as Hypnosis directly addresses the subconscious mind. Overcoming our subconscious resistances is the hardest part of quitting and the subconscious mind is where hypnotherapy works best. Hypnosis addresses your subconscious mind and offers it alternative suggestions to the ones that keep you smoking. An experienced hypnotherapist gives these suggestions by putting your conscious mind to sleep.
Hypnosis works best when a person has truly decided to quit smoking as they are already committed to the process of quitting.
The hypnotherapist will put the individual into a deeply relaxed state. The unconscious mind is more open to suggestions when the conscious mind is relaxed. At that point and with your input the session will be aimed at changing the thought patterns a person has around cigarettes.
FAQ – Hypnosis
Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally controlled hypnosis session. We would like to dispel some myths and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
- Is it guaranteed?
NO. If you need a guarantee you are not ready to quit. Over the block of 3 sessions, you are working with the practitioner, the practitioner is not doing this FOR you. You need to make the decision and the commitment for this to be the time for a change in your life.
- How does hypnosis work?
Our minds work on two levels the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change the habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.
- Will hypnosis work for me?
Generally speaking, most people can be hypnotised. If you are the rare exception our combination of therapies which are combined in the 3 sessions anyway will still work well for you.
- How will I feel when I am hypnotised?
Most people cannot tell the difference between being hypnotised and sitting in front of the TV with their eyes closed. One thing people always report is feeling relaxed, excited and happy after the sessions.
- Is hypnosis ‘safe’?
Hypnosis is ‘safe’ however you must answer any questions accurately about medications you might be taking and other mental health care practitioners you have or are seeing. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get stuck in a state of hypnosis. You cannot be made to do something against your will! Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.
- How does hypnosis help me to kick the smoking habit?
Because smoking is a habit, it is controlled by the unconscious mind. Since hypnosis works directly with the unconscious, this is a method that makes sense. We can help you effortlessly transition into the healthy lifestyle of a happy non-smoker
See also: “Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation” published on the library at Cochrane.org.