Smoking: why do people start?
People start smoking for a number of reasons. Young smokers often start to keep up with their friends. Others start because they have been told not to and it is an act of rebellion. Or smoking runs in the family and it seems a grown up thing to do.
Whatever the reason that people start smoking, it soon becomes a habit and begins to be associated with certain times of the day, such as driving to work, with a drink, or after a meal. People often give cigarettes amazing and contradictory properties. Smokers often have a cigarette to help them calm down or relax. The physiological fact is that our bodies do not like smoke.
A smokers’ heart beats up to 10,000 extra beats a day as it combats restricted and clogged arteries.
Approximately 4000 chemicals, many of them deadly are introduced into the body with each puff of smoke – causing the body to go into fight or flight response, producing adrenalin and increasing blood pressure. There is considerably increased likelihood of heart and breathing problems as well as cancer.
Although smoking rates have declined over past decades, smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country – accounting for almost 80,000 deaths in England a year, according to Public Health England. One in every 2 long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking related disease unless they quit.
- Cancer and heart disease are the two most common fatal diseases. Smoking is a major cause of both.
- You do not control your smoking habit, it controls you.
- Smoking kills, it is not selective. Smoking can kill anyone. Smoking can kill you.
- Do not leave your future in the hands of the tobacco companies. They need you; you do not need them.
- There is absolutely nothing to fear and you will enjoy life even more without smoking tobacco. Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.
- Tobacco is a uniquely dangerous product. If introduced today it would not stand the remotest chance of being legalized but smoking is not against the law.
- You will eventually forget you were a smoker. Why would you wish to remember?
- Why should becoming a non-smoker be difficult? It can be very easy. To ensure success it is crucial to have a positive attitude and to mentally prepare.
- Being a smoker is not a prerequisite to enjoying life. You do not need tobacco in order to be confident, cope with stress or enjoy life.
- Passive smoking kills too, it just takes a little longer.
- It is estimated that passive smoking causes several hundred cases of lung cancer and several thousand cases of heart disease in non-smokers in the UK every year.
Smoking Facts and Figures
- 1 in 5 people in Great Britain smoke.
- 25% of the population are ex-smokers.
- 15% of smokers have their first cigarette within 5 minutes of waking up.
- 63% of smokers want to give quit.
- Tobacco use kills around 120,000 people every year in the UK.
Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking
- 20 minutes after quitting blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
- 72 hours later breathing becomes easier.
- 2-12 weeks later circulation improves.
- Within 5 years the risk of heart attack is halved.
- Within 10 years the risk of lung cancer is halved.
- 20 per day costs £1,460 per year.
- 20 per day for 5 years costs £7,300.
- 20 per day for 10 years costs £14,600.
- 40 per day over 10 years costs £29,200.
How hypnotherapy can help
If you really want to stop smoking then Hypnotherapy has a very good track record at helping you stop smoking.
Hypnotherapy acts like an amplifier for your own willpower. It provides a direct route to your subconscious mind – the part of your brain that controls habits and creates cravings.
The reason most people have problems stopping is that part of them wants to stop smoking and part of them does not.
Hypnotherapy helps you get the message through to all parts of your conscious and subconscious mind that you are now a non smoker.