As a former 40-a-day smoker, I’m well-aware of the challenge of stopping. Perhaps like you, I had tried everything: Acupuncture, nicotine patches and chewing gum, cigarette substitutes, and crunching carrots! A friend of mine even tried a course of tablets that made cigarettes taste absolutely awful – “But” he remarked “I still smoked them” Most people who smoke have tried giving up a sometime or other – here are some interesting facts about smoking:
About 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
About half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases. If you are a long-term smoker, on average, your life expectancy is about 10 years less than a non-smoker. Put another way, in the UK about 8 in 10 non-smokers live past the age of 70 but only about half of long-term smokers live past 70. The younger you are when you start smoking, the more likely you are to smoke for longer and to die early from smoking.
Many smoking-related deaths are not quick deaths. For example, if you develop COPD you can expect several years of illness and distressing symptoms before you die. Smoking also increases the risk of developing a number of other diseases, many of these may not be fatal but they can cause years of unpleasant symptoms.
The good news is:
- Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health. It is never too late to stop smoking to greatly benefit your health. For example, if you stop smoking in middle age, before having cancer or some other serious disease, you avoid most of the increased risk of death due to smoking.
- Many people have given up smoking. In 1972 just under half of adults in the UK were smokers. By 1990 this had fallen to just under a third. At present, about a sixth of UK adults are smokers.
- Help is available from hypnosis if you want to stop smoking but are finding it difficult with other methods.
We can work together to uncover the reasons (Other than addiction) why you smoke and by keeping a ‘Smoking diary’ isolate the most likely triggers for ‘Lighting-up’ and then use this information to empower your conscious and subconscious minds to work together in eliminating this often-fatal addiction from your life.
For smoking cessation, three sessions are recommended and the 5% discount applies.