The Cost of Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes has a cost that can be easily seen and not so easily seen. There are three main areas that come as a cost from smoking: financial, physical health, mental health.

Financial
Smoking cigarettes in Australia is very expensive. The average smoker in Australia will spend about $ 8500 per year. The biggest problem is that this cost is only paid out in small amounts every time you buy a pack of cigarettes. Despite this people do see the cost and this is probably one of the things that is most mentioned when someone wants to quit smoking.

Health
The break down of […]

A great tip to successfully stop smoking

Recently a lady phoned me to enquire about my process to stop smoking.

She said that she loved smoking but it was getting to expensive to smoke cigarettes. Immediately the alarm bells went off in my mind. I asked her what was her main reason to quit smoking cigarettes. She replied that it was because it was too expensive to smoke.

Why did the alarm bells in my mind go off? They went off because if your main reason to stop smoking is the cost the chances of you succeeding are remote. You will always find money to smoke! The average person […]

How to relieve stress without smoking

Many people who smoke cigarettes say that they do it to relieve any stress that they may have. Smoking does and it does not relieve stress.

When you inhale the nicotine from a cigarette it causes your blood vessels to constrict, this interferes with your blood circulation. When you get stressed your blood goes to your muscles so that they can react, they tense up. Smoking interferes with the blood circulation and makes the stress worse!!

On the other hand, the act of putting a cigarette to your mouth and taking it away plus the deep breathing of the smoke helps relieve […]

Smoking Cigarettes makes you an Outcast

Smoking Cigarettes makes you an Outcast

When you first started smoking cigarettes it was probably the in thing. Your friends or family might have smoked around you and it was cool to smoke. It was a way to fit in. You may even have started to smoke as an act of rebellion.
Now days, the pressures of society are to be fit and healthy and smoking does not fit into this model.

In Australia especially, it is becoming more and more hard to find a place to smoke. People look at you as if you are an outcast when you are standing outside smoking.

It is ironic that most […]

Stop smoking and enjoy a new friend

When I ask my clients if they really want to quit smoking a lot of them say yes and then but. This but is usually followed by smoking has been my thing and has always been there for me or what am I going to do instead.

 

Let’s look at this a little more closely. Even though your smoking habit has been there for you and it is like a friend that relationship can have serious consequences. These consequences are usually an early and miserable death.

 

To break the habit or relationship with smoking you need to replace it with another relationship […]

Why can people smoke and be healthy?

Some people can smoke all their lives and it does not seem to affect them. They live to a ripe old age and they die from something not related to smoking.

The answer I believe is that we do not know. What I do know is that these people do not represent the norm. It is a complex interaction of factors that contribute to the effects of smoking and these include lifestyle and genetics.

 

Just because your father lived to a ripe old age and was not affected by smoking does not mean the same thing will happen to you. You may […]

Why Quit Smoking?

The 4 main reasons why people come to quit smoking cigarettes is:
• They are worried about their health
• The control that smoking has over them
• The cost of smoking
• Family
Interestingly enough the cost of smoking, although it often comes up, is never a main motivation to stop smoking. People will always find money to smoke cigarettes. On average, it costs someone $8000 per year to smoke. The question is why do people spend so much money on a habit that in most cases is slowly but surely killing them?
The saying, there’s safety in numbers, is very true as we are […]

Lung Cancer and Smoking

One of the biggest reasons why people want to quit smoking is health, in particular the fear of lung cancer from smoking.
Lung cancer causes more than one million deaths globally each year, including 6000 deaths in Australia – more than any other type of cancer.
There have been only slight improvements in lung cancer survival in the past 25 years. Research into lung cancer is focused on developing new ways to detect and treat lung cancer through a better understanding of its biology.
lung cancer researchers are now focused on:
• Understanding how normal lung cells develop, to determine what goes wrong when […]

Don’t replace one bad habit with another

At Quit Smoking Expert people come to me to stop smoking cigarettes in 60 minutes. They think that once they have quit smoking they will have a healthy life. It’s not that simple.

Quitting smoking cigarettes is really just the beginning of leading a healthy life. Unfortunately a lot of people do not realise this and become disappointed. One of the really bad habits that I frequently encounter is the substitute of food for smoking.

It is a complete myth that you substitute food for smoking. It is a choice […]

Stuff Health I Want to Smoke!

I had an interesting case last week from a client who came to see me at Quit Smoking in 60 Minutes in Capalaba.

The client had a heart attack and as a result he quit smoking. He had quit for two years but came to see me because he was getting cravings to smoke again. It was so bad that he was avoiding having any contact with anyone that was smoking. Since most of his workmates were smokers he was avoiding them and getting a reputation of being anti-social.

What was […]