Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation: Benefits and Risks
Have you tried quitting?
Are you a serial quitter? You tried stopping? Patches? Gum? Books?…and
You’re STILL SMOKING?
Is it likely that you failed because subconsciously you still want to smoke?
Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the world.
- About 7 Singaporeans die prematurely from smoking-related diseases each day.
- Smoking-related diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD), are the nation’s top killers.
- The social cost of smoking is between $700 million and $800 million in 1997.
Tobacco takes an enormous toll in healthcare costs, kills people at the height of their productivity, deprive families of breadwinners, and most of all it causes a great deal of pain and suffering for smokers, passive smokers and their families.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. At least, 400 are poisonous and more than 50 are carcinogenic.
The main components of tobacco smoke are:
Tar is a black and sticky residue used to cover road surfaces. It clogs up the lungs and causes lung cancer. It contains many cancer-causing substances such as:
- Benzo(a)pyrene: found in emissions from burned plant and petroleum products
- B-napthylamine: used in the manufacture of dyes, condensation colours and rubber
- Cadmium: a poisonous chemical that can cause liver, kidney and brain damage, commonly found in car batteries
- Nitrosamine: found in harsh detergents; commonly used as an engine degreaser
Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug. It acts as a stimulant, causing your heart rate and blood pressure to soar. It increases the stickiness of blood and decrease the diameter of blood vessels, increasing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
This is the same gas found in car exhaust smoke. Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your heart work harder. This can cause heart attacks or stroke. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs. This is why smokers suffer from shortness of breath and lack of stamina.
Other Harmful Chemicals in Cigarette Smoke
- Acetone: used in nail polish remover and paint stripper
- Ammonia: used in the dry cleaning industry
- Arsenic: a deadly poison used in pest control and insecticides
- Benzene: a cancer-causing agent used in the production of fuel and chemicals
- DDT: a pesticide used to kill insects
- Formaldehyde: a known cancer-causing substance used to preserve dead bodies
- HydrogenCyanide: a poison used in gas chambers
- Napthalene: a killer ingredient found in mothballs
- Polonium-210:a radioactive substance
- Vinyl Chloride: a chemical used to make plastic
Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cigarettes
- 3-Butadiene, mg 3-Cyanopyridine 3-hydroxypyridine
- 3-vinylpyridine 4-Aminobiphenyl Acetadehyde
- Acetonitrile Acrolein Benzene
- Benzopyrene Cadmium Dibenzacridine
- Dimethylnitrosamine Ethylmethylnitrosamine Hydrazine
- Indole Isoamylamine Isoquioline
- Lead Mathylamine Mercury
- Nitric acid Nitrous acid Nitrogen oxides
- Nitrosopyrrolidine Phenol Toluene
Harmful Effects of Smoking
Heart Disease and Stroke
- About 40% of deaths due to heart disease before the age of 65 are related to smoking.
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing substances.
- Smoking is the most common, preventable cause of lung cancer.
- Smokers are 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer.
- 90% of all lung cancer cases in Singaporean males occur among smokers.
- The longer one smokes, the greater the risk of developing cancers such as cervical and breast cancer, cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney and bladder.
The incidence of lung cancer is highly correlated with smoking. Source: NIH.
- Smoking narrows the airways and destroys the air sacs in the lungs making breathing difficult.
- Smoking is the most common cause of COPD/COLD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- COPD/COLD is the 6th largest cause of death in Singapore.
Bone loss and Osteoporosis
- Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to lose density and become brittle, leading to hip, spine and wrist fractures.
- Women who smoke are 50% more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than non-smokers.
Re-productive and Sexual Health
- Smoking increases the risk of infertility in both men and women.
- Male smokers are 50% more likely to suffer from impotence or erectile dysfunction.
- Smoking reduces the volume of ejaculation, lowers sperm count, distorts sperm shape and impairs sperm mobility.
- Women who smoke may experience early menopause and more menopausal symptoms.
- Smoking may lead to decreased egg counts due to destruction of eggs in the ovaries before the eggs reach maturity.
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
1. Health Benefits
- Lower risk of early death and numerous killer diseases such cancer, heart disease, stroke and COPD / COLD.
2. Financial Benefits
- How much can you save in a year on cigarette alone? S$300 per month? S$ 3000 per year?
- How much can you save on medical cost? S$20,000? S$200,000?
- How much can you gain from opportunities you have missed? S$ unlimited…..
3. Physical Wellbeing
- No more smokers’ cough and other nagging respiratory problems
- Look and feel better
- Better sense of taste and smell
- Increase in energy and stamina
4. Psychological Wellness
- Feeling in control, instead of feeling controlled by cigarettes.
- Increased self-esteem.
5. Social Benefits
- No more smelly breath and clothes
- More personal freedom with no restrictions to “no-smoking areas”.
- More friends, as most Singaporeans are non-smokers!
6. Benefits for Love Ones
- Protect loved ones, especially children, from the harmful effects of passive smoking
- Children of smokers are twice more likely to develop respiratory infections, middle ear infections, asthma and chronic bronchitis than children of non-smokers.
- The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is higher when parents smoke than when they do not smoke.
- Children of smokers are also twice as likely to start smoking themselves compared to children of non-smokers.
It’s Never Too Late to QUIT SMOKING
There is one way for you to overcome the difficult challenge of quitting: You have to change your subconscious mind about smoking!
“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking”
– New Scientist ( vol. 136)
To find the most effective method to stop smoking, Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the University of Iowa used meta-analysis, utilising the results of more than 600 studies totaling nearly 72,000 people.
Overcome your smoking habit today!
Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation is about educating your subconscious about the real reasons for quitting smoking and removing any subconscious hurdles that are actually preventing your from quitting and gradually bust the habit.
If you no longer want to be bound by the habit, come and talk to us today.
Hypnotherapy is not necessarily effective for everyone, but the treatment does hold a lot of promise when it comes to helping people improve their quality of life. These claims have also been founded by several studies and experience for several years. Hypnotherapy does not replace any medical or pharmacological treatment. It is not the sole solution, but a conjunctive therapy. The results of the therapy may also vary for each individual.
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