Time Out

Everybody who smokes connects the act of smoking with some activity in their life, these are called triggers as they are the activities that trigger a person to smoke. A lot of people that I see tell me that one of the triggers for them to smoke is to have time out. Taking the time to smoke gives them a break from the activity that they are currently doing. The movement of bringing a cigarette to the mouth also gives a calming effect.

Deep breathing can give the same effect. Instead of taking time out to smoke a cigarette, take the time […]

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Why Do People Smoke

When quitting smoking it is important to understand why you smoke. People smoke for the following reasons:

1. Lifestyle Coping Tool : Smoking can be used as a way to suppress uncomfortable feelings and alleviate stress, calm nerves and to relax. It can also be a way of taking time out from a situation.

2. Tranquliser: Smokers with emotional stress or chronic pain often turn to smoking as an attempt to treat pain. There is some evidence that nicotine can soothe pain, mental and physical through working on the pleasure centres of the brain.

3. Feel Good: Nicotine works on the pleasure centres of […]

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Social Smoking

Many people smoke socially and it has become quite a trend. People think that if they just have a few cigarettes a week, usually on the weekend, with a drink and friends it is alright and will not affect their health. What many of us may not know is just how hazardous social smoking can be.
Why social smoking is so dangerous?

What is social smoking?

Social smoking is a term used to describe those who smoke occasionally, such as at gatherings on the weekends, when others around them are smoking as well. A social smoker will often light up when enjoying a drink at […]

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New Year Goals

Many of us will set goals this coming New Year and within six weeks we will give up? Why is that? The goals are set with the best of intention and often if achieved will benefit us greatly, as an example quit smoking. The reason why we give up on these goals is that that are not attached or in alignment with our greatest values. You see when a goal is attached to our highest values it is easy to obtain, when it is not in alignment with our ou will not achieve highest values we will procrastinate and not […]

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Nicotine Cravings

Some smokers quit and never feel compelled to smoke again, whilst others feel they need constant vigilance to prevent resuming their smoking habit years after they quit. Usually tobacco cravings will often begin within the first 6 to 12 hours after quitting. Those people who have  to fight the strong urge to smoke again are comparable to the alcoholic who lives from day to day fighting their addiction. In these instances cravings can continue for a while after quitting. This often happens when some part of the non concious mind does not want to quit smoking and a further hypnosis […]

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Some Facts About Nicotine

Smoking fosters a situation of nicotine dependence that usually occurs over a number of years. Withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, depression and weight gain. Nearly everybody experiences at least some of these symptoms but they are mostly temporary.

Smoking creates a chemical dependency for nicotine. Nicotine can act either as a stimulant or a sedative, depending on the amount taken. The smoker’s body finds an acceptable level of nicotine in order to experience the pleasurable sensations associated with smoking. Nicotine increases the release of dopamine which is the chemical that causes the sensation of pleasure. The first cigarette […]

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Smoking – How Sweet It Is

Tobacco products are one of the few products that are not required to put the ingredients on the packaging. Contrary to popular belief cigarettes, pipe tobacco and cigars do not just contain tobacco. There are many different products in tobacco and one of the biggest is sugar. When tobacco is cured it is cured to achieve the highest possible sugar content as sugar aids in the taste of a cigarette. To increase the sugar content even more sugar is aften added to the tobacco, one of the more popular forms is molasses. Cigarettes contain between 20 – 30 % of sugar […]

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Its in Your Values

A lot of people come to me feeling frustrated and beating themselves up because they can’t
quit smoking by themselves. They try willpower, patches, acupuncture, hypnosis
etc but still continue to smoke.

This is often because health is not at the top of their value system and they really do
not want to give up. Let’s look at the value system first:

Everybody has their own unique set of values and we all live our lives trying to fulfil
our values. If something is high in our value system we will do things to try
and fulfil it easily and will be focused. If that something is […]

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I’ll Get Fat

A lot of people are afraid of quitting smoking because they feel that they will gain to
much weight when they quit. Most people who quit smoking gain on an average of
2 to 5 kg in the long term. What is clear is that the health benefits of not
smoking far exceed any health complications with the weight gain.

It is popularly believed that smoking decreases body weight by supressing the appetite. Studies
have shown that smokers do not eat less than non-smokers or ex-smokers and, in
fact they tend to eat slightly more.

Eating consistently increases in the first weeks after stopping smoking, but will […]

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Want to Age and go Bald – Smoke

When talking of the dangers of smoking things such as cancer, emphysema and heart
problems are always mentioned but there are some more insidious effects from
smoking. This is primarily around blood circulation and oxygen uptake by the
blood.

Nicotine when smoked causes the blood vessels to constrict and this reduces the amount
of blood to supply nutrients to the cells. This is especially pronounced with
the small blood vessels that nourish the skin. The blood also takes up the
carbon monoxide from smoking rather than oxygen so the blood of smokers has
less oxygen to give to the cells.

The net effect of this is that the cells […]

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