Research on the effectiveness of hypnosis for quitting smoking
(Research director for The National Council for Hypnotherapy, Josephine Teague)
"To find the most effective method to stop smoking Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the university of Iowa used a meta-analysis, utilising the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people."
"The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis, to use the same terminology as the quit counsellor, was three times more effective than NRT."
1. Smoking related diseases claim an estimated 10,000,000 lives each year.
2. Cigarettes contain at least 43 distinct cancer-causing chemicals.
3. Secondhand smoke involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers is classified as a known human Carcinogen,
responsible for at least 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually.
4. 20 minutes after a smoker quits the pulse, blood pressure and temperature of the hands and feet become normal.
5. 8 hours later blood oxygen increases to acceptable norms; carbon monoxide levels go down.
6.48 hours later there is an improved ability to smell and taste; nerve endings start to re-grow.
7. 2 weeks to 3 months later walking becomes easier, circulation improves, lung function attains a 30% gain.
8. 1 year later the excess risk of smoking-related heart disease drops by 50%!
Smoking contributes to cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, strokes, stomach ulcers, leukemia, gum disease, gangrene, asthma, wrinkles, bad breath.
Smoking makes you short of breath, making sport and exercise more difficult.
Breathing in other people's smoke is called passive smoking. This can cause headaches and lack of concentration. Each year around 17,000 kids under the age of 5 go into hospital with complaints caused by smoke from their parents' cigarettes.
Children as young as 5 years old have tried cigarettes. Kids are more likely to try smoking if they have seen their brothers or sisters doing it.
Cigarettes don't make you relax. Nicotine is a stimulant. It actually speeds up your bodily functions - especially your heart rate.
Kissing someone with a mouth like an ashtray isn't sexy. Having smoke blown in your face isn't sexy. Lung cancer isn't sexy. However, buying someone special a gift with the money you didn't spend on smoking is definitely sexy.
If you think you'll put on weight if you stop smoking, then think again. Cigarettes don't keep your body weight down and they can even cause cellulite. Some people replace cigarettes with food when they give up therefore may put on a few pounds. If you've managed to give up smoking, you'll be able to tackle any weight gain, without any problems.
So you want to while away the time with your friends by killing yourself? Alternatively, there are plenty of other more body-friendly and exciting things to do: try out a new sport, go and see a movie, listen to your favourite music, read the latest bestseller.
Smoking is addictive, and being an addict makes you more dependent than independent.
Only in the sense that smoking gives you wrinkles before your time. There's nothing mature about smelling like an ashtray and inhaling vast amounts of grim chemicals