What Do You Want and Why Do You Want It?

If you want to quit smoking or you are considering quitting it is wise to be very clear on why you want to quit and what you want by quitting. At Quit Smoking in 60 minutes in Capalaba I always take time to find this out as it helps to keep you focused on quitting smoking.
I suggest that before you come to a quit smoking session you first write down a list of why you want to quit. This will give you greater clarity and resolve. It is surprising the number of people that come to me to quit smoking […]

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What You Think Is What You Get

What you think is definitely what you get. I see this lots and lots of time when carrying out quit smoking at Quit Smoking in 60 Minutes, Capalaba.
As with all things what you think can be positive and negative. It amazes me how the majority of clients think in the negative when it comes to quitting smoking. Things such as; I’ll have cravings or I can’t deal with stress. If you do think like this then it is highly likely you will have cravings or won’t be able to deal with stress. When you change the habit of smoking in […]

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Your Smoking Supports Me

I recently had a woman who came to see me to quit smoking. She was prone to skin cancers and had decided to quit smoking. She decided that she would quit by willpower and to do this chose not to be around her husband when he smoked. Usually they would go outside and talk and smoke together but now she chose not to go outside with her husband and smoke.
Her husband had countered this strategy by saying that by not smoking with him she was not supporting her; he said “how can you give up smoking when I am so […]

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You Set Your Boundaries

When we are born we all have the same abilities. If this is so why do some of us rise to the top of success and others of us do not. The answer is that we set the boundaries of what we can and cannot do. These boundaries are being set from the moment we are born and they are often as a result of fear.
Fear is both a positive and negative thing. It sets the flight response in us and gets us to move away from a potential dangerous situation or it can paralyse us and prevent us from […]

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Sleep Problems

We all know that each person needs to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sound sleep. Sleep is an important factor in our lives. It helps us to rejuvenate our bodies, soothe our tired and aching muscles, as well relax our thoughts, and allow us to wake up fresh and energetic the next day.

It is estimated that 50 percent of people in Australia, UK and US are sleep deprived to some degree.

At some time, most of us have experienced what it’s like to have trouble falling asleep, to lie awake in the middle of the night listening to […]

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Tipping Point

It’s important to have reached the tipping point when you want to quit smoking. Not the physical tipping point where your body has been damaged and you need to quit! The mental tipping point when you feel ready, the point when your want to outweighs your need to.
A lot of people come to me to quit smoking but they have been motivated by the things that are going on in their lives. Their lives are out of balance from things such as marriage failure, anxiety and stress etc.
When you are in situations such as this you really need to balance […]

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Is Smoking Addictive?

Are you too physically addicted to cigarettes to free yourself from them?
Usually you start smoking when you are young and at first you own smoking and you can quit anytime. However bit by bit smoking starts to own you and eventually it does and many of us feel as if it is now an addiction. This is reinforced by the tobacco companies and the perception of society.
Most people have tried to quit smoking but have not succeeded and this reinforces the perception of smoking being an addiction. It’s not just stopping smoking that’s important but how you stop.
A Russian psychologist […]

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Do You Want To Quit ?

Love of Smoking  :

At one stage you probably loved smoking, this love affair might still be strong or you may have realised that you don’t really love it any more.
Your love of smoking may be so strong that you can’t free yourself from it. People love, or think they love all kinds of people, substances or ideas that undermine or help to destroy them.
You may now hate smoking but you have been so locked into the habit that it is just to hard to give up. It’s easier to continue with the old and familiar.
I’m going to make a suggestion […]

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Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

Since the 1st December 2012 all cigarettes in Australia have to be sold in plain packaging.

First impressions in Australia indicated that smokers feel that cigarettes taste worse in plain packaging – an unexpected side effect. The tobacco industry acknowledges that packaging is an important part of the sales of cigarettes but it seems as if this packaging gives some preconceived ideas of how the cigarettes taste.

Studies comparing existing branded cigarette packs with plain cardboard packs bearing the name and number of cigarettes in small standard font, found plain packs to be significantly less attractive. Additionally, research that asked young adults […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Smoking


Die-hard cigarette users claim many benefits to smoking, some are the following:

Peer group acceptance if peers smoke
Performance enhancement in tasks
Stress Relief
Some smokers enjoy the taste
Smoking is like a friend


There are issues with most of these perceived advantages. If a smoker attempts to change peer groups, they could find smoking to be a barrier to acceptance. The performance enhancement is minimal after the first few cigarettes a smoker has in their lifetime; from that point on, it is just a perception of enhancement based on the memory of those initial cigarettes. Weight loss and stress relief could be as effectively obtained […]

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